Exploring story craft and practices to create personal and social change.

Founded in 2008, we explore all forms of stories, from myth to memoir, in all kinds of media, from print to performance. We sponsor courses, workshops, grants, fellowships, and a live event series that give students an opportunity to appreciate the way stories work, work on us, and can work for us. We also produce two podcasts that feature the research and creative work of the Stanford community: the award-winning State of the Human and our fiction and poetry show, Off the Page.


We offer 8-10 courses each year that explore how to use story craft and practices to create personal and social change. Some of our recurring courses include Narrative Design, Counterstory, Sound Stories, and Documentary Fictions.


State of the Human is our award-winning podcast that deepens our understanding about common human experiences, such as Joking and Dying. Off the Page is a podcast of stories, essays, and poetry from Stanford’s writing community.


StoryLab’s mission is to help Stanford Students, faculty, and staff learn the craft of storytelling. Meet one-on-one with a Storytelling Project staff member to build vivid, compelling stories out of your research, personal experiences, and insights.

Writer’s Studio

The Writer’s Studio is a weekly, free workshop series open to all students from all majors. Come study the art of writing in intensive, fun, hands-on workshops with instructors from Creative Writing, the Storytelling Project, and other arts programs.

Grants & Fellowships

Our Braden Grant supports students learning to research, craft, and produce an audio documentary. Our Dalai Lama Fellowship supports students learning social change leadership.

Story Exchanges

Story Exchanges are special workshops, often held in residences, that give students an opportunity to witness and share on another’s stories.

Wondering what it's like to be a part of the Stanford Storytelling Project? Listen: