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:


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


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


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

Prendendo in considerazione il periodo di ferie di luglio ed agosto, abbiamo deciso di prendere una pausa fino a settembre e rispettare le vostre disponibilità estive. Manderemo una mail a fine agosto con tutti i dettagli per settembre!


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


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:

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

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! Our text for this session was the poem Dead Stars by Ada Limón, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write/list demands to launch into the sky.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote below (“Leave … Read More

Encuentros virtuales en vivo: Sábado 24 de Julio, 13:00 EST (17:00 UTC)

Asistieron 5 participantes representando a los países de Argentina, Colombia, España, Estados Unidos y Uruguay. El texto elegido fue “Sé todos los cuentos” del poeta español León Felipe.  La discusión se centró en el significado de la palabra “cuento”. En español, la palabra “cuento” se puede entender en el sentido de narrativa y discurso social … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT July 21st 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! Our text for this session was the poem Everything We Left Behind by Manasi Garg, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write about shedding the years” 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 July 19th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! For this session we watched an excerpt from the stand-up comedy special Douglas by Hannah Gadsby, posted below. Our prompt for this session was a choice between: “Write about your relationship to the box” OR “Write about missing the memo.” More details on this session will be posted, so … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT July 16th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! Our text for this session was an excerpt from Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “This can be tricky…” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote below (“Leave a … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT July 14th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! Our text for this session was the poem Men at My Father’s Funeral by William Matthews, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write an elegy about someone lost.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT July 12th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! Our text for this session was The Nobodies by Eduardo Galeano (translated by Cedric Belfrage), posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write about the dreams of the nobodies.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what … Read More

Encuentros virtuales en vivo: Sábado 10 de JULIO, 13:00 EST (17:00 UTC)

Tuvimos una sesión muy intima y nos fue muy bien. Asistieron al grupo cinco participantes en total, representando a estados locales (incluyendo Nueva York y Nueva Jersey) y países internacionales (incluyendo España y Colombia). Nuestro texto fue una fotografía de Andy Goldstein. Lo primero que notamos fue la ausencia de recursos que aparentemente tiene el … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT July 7th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! For this session our text was the poem I Will Be My Mother’s Apprentice by Carmen Giménez Smith, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write about being the remedy or the anchor.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT June 30th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! For this session our text was the short story Girl by Jamaica Kincaid, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write a set of directions.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote below (“Leave a … Read More

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