Narrative Medicine

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Deepening Narrative Competence – Part Two
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  • Wed / Jan 16 to
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Deepening Narrative Competence – Part Two

This program aims to meet the needs of healthcare practitioners already working with narrative medicine approaches in their clinical or pedagogic practice, and/or writing for themselves and looking for further mentorship and support.

“Deepening Narrative Competence – part two” seeks to enhance students’ theoretical knowledge of and practical engagement with the tools of narrative medicine. The course will begin by introducing the basic elements of literary and reflective practice and the essentials of close reading. These will be applied with greater depth as the workshop goes on, introducing more specialized writing and reading techniques, as well as editing, rewriting, and modes of publication.

We will read a selection of published works relating to health and the body, and share work written by participants in-between classes, all with the aim of honing and focusing our skills of observation, creation, and reception. Throughout, participants will be guided in discussion on the aims and practice of narrative medicine, and encouraged to find ways to apply its lessons in their own daily work, while understanding and respecting the ethical questions the work raises.

Guest speakers will visit the workshop to offer theoretical/practical/creative perspectives. This program will require in-between-session homework/readings.

Registration is now open until January 9, 2019There is an associated registration fee of $700. A maximum of 15 participants will be accepted into the program on a first come, first served basis.

Learning Goals

The goals of this program are:
  • to advance the skills of close reading and reflective and creative writing, deep reflection and listening
  • to provide participants with regular reading and writing support, discussion, and mentoring
  • to practice and discuss narrative medicine approaches, enhance students’ theoretical knowledge of and practical engagement with narrative medicine tools
  • to enhance written communication through reviewing and discussing published work and practical exercises in storytelling and reflective writing;
  • to define reflective capacity and specifying ways of assessing it in written pieces
  • to deepen comfort with creativity and expression, while respecting ethical boundaries
  • to offer mentorship, support and discussion of narrative medicine projects

Target audience

Healthcare practitioners who have experience with narrative medicine and writing.



Completion of Introducing Narrative-Based Medicine (part 1), Fostering Narrative Competence,* or by application.

*For those who completed Fostering Narrative Competence, please note: some of the material in this Part 2 program would be similar to what was covered in Fostering. However, each group of students is different and with this work, there is a benefit to repeating some things, but there will be some overlap of content and readings.


Application Information

You can use this application process if you have not completed one of the pre-requisite programs.

The pre-requisites for the Deepening program are either Introducing Narrative-Based Medicine – Part One or Fostering Narrative Competence.

If you have not completed either of the above programs, but have experience in writing and health humanities, we welcome your application.

How to apply

Please provide us with a statement of interest including the following information, minimum of 350 words.

Email your application with your Full Name and Statement of Interest to

The application will be passed on to Damian Tarnopolsky (program leader) for review.

 Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first served basis. The deadline to apply is January 9, 2019.

  1. What is the nature of your interest in the medical humanities/health humanities?
  2. What experience do you have in the medical humanities and/or narrative medicine (workshops attended, classes taken, etc or initiatives undertaken professionally etc.)?
  3. What professional goals do you have for being part of the Deepening Narrative Competence – Part Two program? (e.g. new writing projects/curricular design)
  4. Could you please provide examples of specific writing experience or creative publications?

Lead Facilitator

  • Damian Tarnopolsky PhD

    Writer, Editor, Teacher

    Damian Tarnopolsky is the author of two books: the novel Goya’s Dog, a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the First Novel Award, and the short fiction collection Lanzmann and Other Stories, which was nominated for the ReLit Award. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and has taught writing and literature at the School of Continuing Studies and Humber College. His essays and reviews have appeared in The Walrus, Atlantic Books Today, The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Review of Books (where he is also Managing Editor), and he is the proprietor of Slingsby and Dixon, an editorial services company in Toronto. He was most recently the Barbara Moon Fellow at Massey College, where he taught writing and reflection to medical students.

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