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.

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.

Follow the links to register for sessions in English:


Greek Language Sessions/Συνεδρίες Ελληνικής Γλώσσας:
κάντε κλικ εδώ για περισσότερες πληροφορίες


Polish Language Sessions/Sesje w języku polskim – All are welcome!
Kliknij tutaj po więcej informacji


Italian Language Sessions/Laboratori di Medicina Narrativa in Italiano
Cliccare qui per più informazione

Da settembre in poi, i laboratori avranno luogo il primo sabato del mese:


Spanish Language Sessions/Encuentros de Medicina Narrativa en español:
Haga clic aquí para más información

  • Nuestra próxima sesión es el sábado 12 diciembre, 13:00 EST (18:00 UTC): inscríbete aqui

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.

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:

Ζωντανή συνεδρία αφηγηματικής ιατρικής: Τετάρτη 2 Δεκεμβρίου, 8:30 pm EEST

Σας ευχαριστούμε που συμμετείχατε σε αυτήν τη συνεδρία. πίνακας: Νίκος Καζαντζάκης, Αναφορά στον Γκρέκο (απόσπασμα από το κεφάλαιο «Η μάνα»). Αθήνα: εκδ. Ελ. Καζαντζάκη, 1964.  Θέμα: Γράψτε για τη μυρωδιά των αναμνήσεων. Σύντομα θα μοιραστούμε περισσότερες πληροφορίες σχετικά με αυτήν τη συνεδρία, γι ‘αυτό επιστρέψτε ξανά. Σας προσκαλούμε να μοιραστείτε τα γραπτά σας μαζί μας … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EST December 2nd 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! Our text for this session was the poem “Vespers” by Louise Glück, posted below. Our prompt was: “Write about longing.” More details about this session will be posted soon, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote below (“Leave a Reply”), … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EST November 30th 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! Our text for this session was an excerpt from “The Moon by Whale Light: and Other Adventures Among Bats, Penguins, Crocodiles, and Whales” by Diane Ackerman, posted below. Our prompt was: “Write about simmering.” More details about this session will be posted soon, so check … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EST November 23rd 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! Our text for this session was “When Giving Is All We Have” by Alberto Ríos, posted below. Our prompt was: “You gave me…” More details about this session will be posted soon, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote below … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EST November 18th 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! Our text for this session was an excerpt from the graphic novel “The Arrival” by Shaun Tan, posted below. Our prompt was: “Write or draw an encounter when it was difficult to ask for what you needed.” More details about this session will be posted soon, so … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EST November 16th 2020

Twenty-two people (including two new participants!), from Canada, Greece, ME, MI, NJ, NY, PA, OR, and UT, gathered via Zoom to discuss a prose passage from A Low and Quiet Sea (2018) by Donal Ryan, posted below. Participants imagined a parent talking to a child before bedtime. Some heard a mother speaking; others a father. … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EST November 11th 2020

We welcomed 21 participants to our session today. Many had attended four or more times and there were three newcomers. Our text was an excerpt from the novel “In Country” by Bobbie Ann Mason, chosen in honor of Veteran’s Day. Discussion began with consideration of who we found present in this short paragraph of writing … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EST November 9th 2020

Twenty-eight people from Brazil, Canada, GA, MA, ME, MI, NH, NY, NJ, PA, and OR gathered on Zoom to close read the poem “Life While-You-Wait” by Wislawa Szymborska. When the group was asked which words or lines first stood out to them, the responses included:             The title “Life While-You-Wait” is repeated in the first … Read More

Laboratori Di Medicina Narrativa: sabato 7 novembre dalle 16 alle 17.30

Siamo stati molto lieti di avervi avuti con noi! Abbiamo studiato il quadro “La condizione umana,” di René Magritte e un clip del film di Paolo Sorrentino, “La grande bellezza,” che potete trovare alla fine della pagina.  Poi, abbiamo scritto ispirati dallo stimolo: “La più consistente scoperta che ho fatto…”. Al più presto, condivideremo un … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EST November 4th 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! An intimate group of 16 gathered today to watch a 2-minute scene from the movie, “Tree of Life,” from director Terrence Malick. We oriented ourselves in the scene by considering place; where are we? What appeared to be a 1950s American dream-like “all is good” … Read More

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