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Narrative Medicine & The Creative Impulse: A Virtual Basic Workshop and Online Course

October 23, 2020 - October 25, 2020

Narrative Medicine & The Creative Impulse is going virtual!
With a one-time 25% percent discount on our usual tuition rates, and Early Bird Registration of $50 off the discounted tuition through October 9th!

**Visit the information & registration link above for more information.**

In light of the ongoing and necessary precautions surrounding travel and public gatherings, we will be transforming this workshop and introductory Narrative Medicine course into a virtual experience! While we hope to be able to be together in person again for future workshops, we are excited by the possibilities of bringing this learning experience to you in a new and even more broadly accessible format. Over the last few weeks the narrative medicine faculty and program directors have worked to preserve all of the original content, including lectures, small group work, literature, educational and networking resources, continuing education credits, and direct interaction with narrative medicine faculty and our guest speakers. Our new format combines live virtual sessions and asynchronous learning modalities to deliver an introduction to the field that provides the same learning, connection, and transformative experience over the course of our October weekend as our traditional workshops, while taking into consideration the fatigue and burnout of demanding virtual schedules.

We are also offering a one-time 25% percent discount on our usual tuition rates, with the understanding that time and resources have increased demands during these difficult few months, as well as an early bird special of $50 off the discounted tuition for those who sign up before October 9th.

Our updated registration rates are listed on our website at the link above, as well as a new outline for our virtual weekend schedule and preparatory asynchronous materials.

We look forward to sharing the practice and creative inspiration of Narrative Medicine with you in these new and creative ways, illustrating just how impactful narrative medicine can be even from “afar.”

Narrative Medicine is, at its core, a creative act. Acts of perception and attention ignite our narrative practice. Seeing, hearing, sensing, taking in that which we witness begins the process toward healing, and creative thinking fostered by narrative medicine training attunes us to those skills within ourselves. Creative Director of Narrative Medicine novelist Nellie Hermann has been our leader and inspiration in locating creativity at the heart of what we do.

The creativity of narrative medicine goes far beyond a reliance on fiction and film as convenient “case histories” of patients, or paintings as observable depictions of diseased bodies, or musical compositions as evidence of a composer’s psychopathology. Instead, narrative medicine recognizes the aesthetic capabilities of its practitioners as fundamental instruments necessary for effective care. We grow toward our own powers to attend to our patients through the schooled avenues of close reading, deep listening, and concentrated witnessing of works of art.

This workshop features world-renowned writers, artists, cinema scholars, and musicians who can reveal to us how to get the news from stories, images, and sounds. Join us in engaging interactions with works of art in varied forms and genres. Join us too in the creation of art—not only for the pleasure this brings, but for the community-building that cannot but follow from it. Narrative medicine is a radical practice with art and beauty at its center, not to distract us from the suffering we face, but to make the suffering visible, audible, and palpable so as to ease it.

Event Contact Information:
Joe Eveld
jhe2109@cumc.columbia.edu