Live Virtual Group Sessions

In attempt to foster social connections and offer space for engagement and reflection during these uncertain times, we are offering virtual versions of traditional narrative medicine group work, live via Zoom.

REGISTRATION PROCESS: Register using the links below. You will receive confirmation at the time of your registration with the information and link to join. Please be sure to save this information for access at the time of the meeting. You will be able to register up to 15 minutes before the start of the session, after which registrations may not be approved for security reasons. Please join sessions promptly by the start time, as we will be locking each session after a 5-minute grace period to make the space as secure as possible. We are using a tool called Zoom for Healthcare, rolled out recently at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Zoom for Healthcare is a HIPAA, PIPEDA & PHIPA compliant video conferencing software with secure, real-time encrypted messaging.

Also, to be sure you are able to participate fully and with ease, it is helpful to ensure you have the latest version of Zoom installed, which you can access here: https://zoom.us/download

The next live virtual sessions are scheduled for the following times (with more to be added, so check back for updates). All are welcome to any of the language sessions. **Please note: The United States moved clocks one hour earlier to Daylight Savings Time on March 14th, so all times for English Sessions are in EDT. Please be sure to confirm your current time difference when joining the next sessions!**

Follow the links to register for sessions in English:

  • **We will not have a session on Monday September 6th in observance of Labor Day in the U.S.A**
  • Tuesday September 7th, 2021 at 6pm EDT: Register Here
  • Monday September 13th, 2021 at 6pm EDT: Register Here
  • Wednesday September 15th, 2021 at 12pm EDT: Register Here
  • Monday September 20th, 2021 at 6pm EDT: Register Here
  • Wednesday September 22nd, 2021 at 6pm EDT: Register Here
  • Friday September 24th, 2021 at 12pm EDT: Register Here
  • Monday September 27th, 2021 at 6pm EDT: Register Here
  • Wednesday September 29th, 2021 at 12pm EDT: Register Here

Greek Language Sessions/Συνεδρίες Ελληνικής Γλώσσας:
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Spanish Language Sessions/Encuentros de Medicina Narrativa en español:
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Italian Language Sessions/Laboratori di Medicina Narrativa in Italiano
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  • sabato 4 settembre dalle 16.00-17.30 ora Italiana (10-11:30 EST): Cliccare qui per iscriversi!
  • sabato 2 ottobre dalle 16.00-17.30 ora Italiana (10-11:30 EST): Link per iscriversi in via di pubblicazione
  • sabato 6 novembre dalle 16.00-17.30 ora Italiana (10-11:30 EST): Link per iscriversi in via di pubblicazione
  • sabato 4 dicembre dalle 16.00-17.30 ora Italiana (10-11:30 EST): Link per iscriversi in via di pubblicazione

Polish Language Sessions/Sesje w języku polskim – All are welcome!
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As always, each session will be led by trained narrative medicine facilitators and will offer group connection and reflection through a text, image, or music for up to 100 participants. Groups will read and examine the work closely and discuss what we see, with the facilitators offering guidance and background. There will be opportunities for reflective writing and sharing what is written. We continue to hope these hour-long sessions might offer a moment of solace and space, along with an opportunity for reflection and connection with others. 

We also encourage you to check back here following sessions, as we will post a follow-up to each live session with the materials and prompts used, and you will have the opportunity to post your writing and respond to others there.


If you’re looking for a next step after participating in our Virtual Group Sessions, join our fall basic workshop for more in-depth group work, narrative medicine readings, and talks by founding faculty!

The Need for Narrative: Grappling & Reckoning with These Times: October 22nd-24th, 2021


We would love to learn more about your experience of these sessions, so if you’re able, please take the time to fill out a follow-up survey of two quick questions!

If you have questions, or would like to schedule a personalized narrative medicine session for your organization or team, email us at narrativemedicine@cumc.columbia.edu.


Be sure to follow our social media pages for updates as well, and check back here frequently for updates!


See posts from previous sessions below:

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT September 24th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! For this session we close read “Investigation of Poverty at the Russell Sage Foundation” by Alice Neel, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write about being judged or having to explain yourself.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT September 22nd 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! For this session we close read “The Sign in My Father’s Hands” by Martín Espada, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write about learning something no one told you.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT September 20th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! For this session we close read “A Body’s Universe of Big Bangs“ by Leslie Contreras Schwartz, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write (or write about) a holy song.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT September 15th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! For this session we close read The Road Ahead by Turlough O’Carolan, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write about the phantoms you will be.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT September 13th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! Twenty people from Canada and the USA zoomed together to close read a short excerpt from Leslie Marmon Silko’s novel Ceremony (1977). We carefully entered the text with participants finding there way in a “mysterious” or “liminal” space wondering if the protagonist, the unnamed “he” in … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT September 7th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! For this session we close read the poem “The Painting After Lunch” by Clarence Major, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write or draw about a time it wasn’t working.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly … Read More

Encuentros virtuales en vivo: Sábado 4 de septiembre, 13:00 EST (17:00 UTC)

El texto elegido fue “MÚSICA” por Ana María Matute Después de las instrucciones habituales sobre cómo funciona el taller, invitamos a los participantes a enfocarse en cualquier palabra, verso, imagen, o en la misma forma del poema que les llamara la atención y les evocara pensamientos y sensaciones que quisieran compartir. La estructura ambivalente del … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT September 1st 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! For this session we close read the poem, “Hurricane” by Mary Oliver, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write about something that didn’t behave like you imagined.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT August 30th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! James Baldwin’s “Untitled” (posted below) with its brevity and simplicity, its white space and four offset words captivated our group of thirteen (two new participants and a cadre of “the usual suspects” on Zoom) as we waded into this poem, which begins with an address and … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT August 26th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! For this session we close read the photograph “Street Scene, New York City” by Weegee (Arthur Fellig), posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Why did you stop to look?” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged … Read More

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