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, 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 new fiction and poetry show, Off the Page.

 




Podcast
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.

Events
Each year, we invite celebrated storytellers of every kind — poets, journalists, filmmakers, dramatists, comedians, novelists — to come to campus. Past guests include Neil Gaiman, Ira Glass, Cheryl Strayed, and Alice Walker.

Open Meeting
Join our Open Meeting every Friday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm for our series, How I Made It. Sessions will feature SSP alum and a professional storytellers as they pull back the curtain on their productions for outlets like Radiolab, 99 Percent Invisible, NPR, and more.

Courses
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.

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.

StoryLab
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.

About Us
Our mission is to promote the transformative nature of traditional and modern oral storytelling, from Lakota tales to Radiolab, and empower students to create and perform their own stories.

Braden Grant
The Braden Storytelling Grant is a grant for students to learn to research, craft, and produce an audio documentary based on oral history archives or interviews conducted by the student.

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