Each year, we invite storytellers of every kind—poets, journalists, filmmakers, dramatists, comedians, novelists—to come to campus to tell stories on a particular theme. Join us for remarkable evenings with some of the best storytellers in America. Details below.


Gerald Vizenor on Native Survivance and the Literature of Engagement

Wednesday, January 15
5:00 PM
Paul Brest Hall
RSVP required
Please join us for the Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor Lecture on Public Service and the University with award-winning author and Native American advocate Gerald Vizenor on January 15, 2020. The reception begins at 4:30pm, followed by the lecture from 5:00-6:00pm, in Paul Brest Hall.

Gerald Vizenor, professor emeritus of American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is a citizen of the White Earth Nation in Minnesota. He has published more than 30 books, novels, critical theory, cultural studies, and poetry collections. Native Provenance: The Betrayal of Cultural Creativity, a collection of essays, and Blue Ravens and Native Tributes, two historical novels about Native Americans who served in the World War I in France, are his most recent publications. Mr. Vizenor has received many awards, including the American Book Award for Griever: An American Monkey King in China, and the Western Literature Association Distinguished Achievement Award.

His presentation, entitled “Native Survivance and the Literature of Engagement” begins with a reception at 4:30pm, where you can meet and talk with Mr. Vizenor, followed by a lecture at 5:00pm in Paul Brest Hall at Stanford University. 

Please RSVP here.


Braden Grant Information Session

Tuesday, January 21
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Hume Center Lounge (Building 250)
Dinner provided!

Do you want to travel and tell a story about it?

Apply to the Braden Grant program!

Learn more about this exciting, one-of-a-kind program at our upcoming information session.

On Tuesday, January 21, join the Stanford Storytelling Project and recent Braden Grant recipients to learn more about the Braden Grant and hear excerpts from the podcasts produced by the 2019 cohort. We’ll serve dinner, review the application process, and answer your questions.

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. This is an opportunity to tell the story of a city, neighborhood, country, culture, music scene, history (of a song, a building, a book, an artwork, etc.), cuisine, political or protest movement or those involved in them . . . really anything outside of yourself. Your final project will be a well-crafted narrative told through the medium of podcasting. The grant awards up to $2,500 and offers one-on-one mentorship for the duration of the grant.

Applications are live now and are due by noon on Saturday, February 23.

Visit the Braden Grant website to learn more about the application process and apply. Listen to the 2019 Braden Grant podcasts here.

A StoryLab appointment is a requirement of the application process. Make your appointment online here.


Materializing Listening Party

Friday, December 6
3:00 p.m.
Wallenberg 127 (Building 160)

The Stanford Storytelling Project presents Materializing, a new podcast episode of State of the Human.

What ideas exist behind material objects? In this episode, we’re going to look at stuff—things we can see or hear or touch—to try to understand the intangible, like memory, history, and bias. Join us for snacks and a curated listening party!


National Novel Writing Month at the Storytelling Project

November 1-30, 2019
Green Library

Writing Sprint
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
7-8 p.m.
Hume Center Lounge (Building 250)

November is National Novel Writing Month! The Stanford Storytelling Project has teamed up with Stanford Libraries to offer novel writers a supportive space during #NaNoWriMo, running for the entire month of November. Stop by the special NaNoWriMo table in Green Library all month for writing inspiration, treats, stickers, and more.

Join us on Tuesday, November 19 for a special writing sprint at the Hume Center Lounge. Work on your novel with other novel writers and enjoy sweet treats and tea, too.


Harriet Lunch and Film Screening

Thursday, November 7
12-1:30 pm at the BCSC Community Room
6-9 pm at the CineArts Palo Alto

Join us for two special events celebrating Black storytelling and activism with special guest TV/Film Producer Debra Martin Chase, producer of Harriet: The Lunchtime Q&A and the FREE screening of Harriet, followed by a Q&A with the producer. Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of enslaved peoples and changed the course of history. RSVP and SUID are required for entry to the Lunchtime Q&A. Tickets for the film screening will be distributed on the shuttle bus of at the movie theater if using alternative transportation. These events are jointly sponsored by Stanford Arts, the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA), Program in African and African American Studies, Stanford Storytelling Project, and the Black Community Services Center.


First Open Meeting of the Year

Tuesday, October 1
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Hume Center Lounge (Building 250)

Learn about the Stanford Storytelling Project at the first Open Meeting of the year

Want to learn more about how you can get involved with the Stanford Storytelling Project? Join us at our first Open Meeting of the year. Learn about our podcasts, grants, courses, events, and more! Dinner is provided.


Story Exchange

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
6:00 – 8:30 pm
Branner Dorm
RSVP at bit.ly/stanfordstoryexchange

Story Exchange is an interactive and immersive storytelling workshop to empower students and staff looking to deepen their relationships and contribute to more empathetic community in and around campus. We’ll acquire storytelling tools to engage more authentically and feel more centered in our lives. Learn how to bring these perspectives back to your campus communities to nurture deep human capacities like empathy. Free dinner will be provided.

These workshops are hosted by the Stanford Storytelling Project, the Lifeworks Program for Integrative Learning, and Narrative 4.


The Living Odyssey: An Evening with Madeline Miller and Martin Shaw

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

7:30 pm

Cemex Auditorium

Stanford University

Free and open to the public. Tickets Required. 

Visit http://bit.ly/livingodyssey for tickets.

Join us for a special, immersive event as storyteller Martin Shaw and author Madeline Miller join forces to imagine us into one of our most powerful and enduring myths. Experience an Odyssey up close, brought to startling life by readings, tellings, and conversation about how it speaks to us today, on our own wine-dark sea, searching for an Ithaca to return home to.

Martin Shaw, PhD is a storyteller and author. As well as writing the award winning Mythteller trilogy, this year brings the release of both The Night Wages and Courting the Dawn: Poems of Lorca. He has worked with thousands of men and women exploring the relationship between ancient myth and modern life. “A true master. Martin Shaw is one of the very greatest storytellers we have.” – Robert Bly

Madeline Miller is the author of the New York Times bestseller Circe, a story of the Odyssey’s most famous witch. She is also author of the bestseller The Song of Achilles, which was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and has been translated into twenty-five languages. Her essays have appeared in The Guardians, Wall Street Journal, Lapham’s Quarterly and NPR.org.