Each year the Storytelling Project offers courses on story craft and practices, with special attention to how to use stories for personal and social change.  Courses are designed primarily for undergraduates and listed in departments and programs such as Oral Communication, History, Education, Theater and Performance Studies, LifeWorks, and American Studies. Register through Axess.  See also our Past Courses, many of which are offered in alternating years.


Tools for a Meaningful Life

LIFE 101
Instructors: Jonah Willihnganz, Andrew Todhunter, Fred Luskin, Gigi Otalvaro
Winter 2020, Tues/Thurs, 3:00-4:20 pm
3 Units, WAYS-CE

Explores the foundational skills for a meaningful life. Features lectures by faculty from across the university and labs for experiential practice. Draws on research and practices from fields related to psychology, philosophy, literature, and neuroscience, as well as wisdom traditions from around the world. Focuses on developing human capacities necessary for a meaningful life including; attention, courage, devotion, resilience, imagination, and gratitude. Exposure to these capacities influences personal growth and its development in communities.


Introduction to Podcast Storytelling

ORALCOMM 127
Spring 2020, Fridays, 10:30-11:50
Instructors: Tiffany Naiman
2 units, WAYS-CE

This introductory course is designed to teach you the fundamentals of creating stories for new media, especially podcasting. You will learn how to develop and produce pieces across a variety of genres, from memoir to reported pieces, and you will learn the entire process, step-by-step, from pitching and interviewing to scripting and audio (and sometimes photo and video) editing. The course combines a traditional seminar format with a practicum where we workshop work in progress for fiction and nonfiction podcasts produced by the Storytelling Project. Though we focus on audio stories, the craft skills you learn here are transferable to making stories for any medium, from print and performance to web multimedia and film. May be repeated for credit.