Daniel Weinshenker,,,; Lindsey Lane,,,; Jan Hanson,,,; Meghan Treitz,,,


Storytelling is an innate characteristic of humans. As healthcare professionals and medical educators, telling stories provides meaning to our everyday work. Stories provide a framework to navigate the highs and the lows, the mystery and the mundane - and everything in between. In addition, storytelling can be a way of promoting personal resilience.


By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Describe the Seven Steps of Storytelling
  • Produce a short narrative
  • Gather feedback and begin to revise the narrative
  • Describe how to turn a written narrative into a digital story

Methods and Content:

StoryCenter is a non-profit organization that facilitates workshops in which people are encouraged and guided to tell stories from their everyday lives in group settings. Typically, workshop participants make short movies (digital stories) from these narratives, using their voice telling the story along with pictures and video from their own archives. This workshop is a mini-version of the StoryCenter model.

In this session, we will lead you through a writing prompt about how your greater life has had an influence on how you approach your work and caring, or vice versa, and then we will share those written stories together as a group. To set the stage, we will begin with a storytime and share some examples of digital stories with narratives from healthcare professionals, leaners, and medical education faculty. We will include a large group session with didactic and discussion about the 7 steps of storytelling. Participants will then spend time writing independently. Next, in small groups, participants will share stories and get feedback from other participants and facilitators and begin to revise their narratives. Finally, participants will learn about resources and strategies for turning their narratives into a one-picture digital story.