StoryLab’s mission is to help Stanford students, faculty and staff learn the craft of storytelling. Let us help you build vivid, compelling stories out of your research, personal experiences, imagination, and insights.

StoryLab is open to all students from all majors and levels of experience, as well as staff and faculty. If you are a DCI Fellow, please make appointments only with Melissa Dyrdahl. We regret we cannot serve non-matriculating students at Stanford. StoryLab appointments are restricted to coach story craft and process for Stanford classes and research.

You can make an appointment by signing up in the form at the bottom of this page. Appointments are 45 minutes long. Check availability below by clicking on an individual tutor’s image.

If no appointments are available at convenient times, we recommend see the following Lecturers at the Hume Center.  Make an appointment with either of them through the “See a Tutor” page.  

  • John Peterson—can help especially with turning your research into a great story:  Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10:30 – 12:30pm (in person at Hume)
  • Angela Becerra Vidergrar—can help especially with audio stories and production: Mondays 10:00am – 12:00pm (Zoom) and Wednesdays 10:00 – 12:00pm (in person at Hume)

Please note: For the Fall quarter of 2021, StoryLab appointments will still be conducted virtually by Zoom and not in-person. You will receive a Zoom link with your appointment confirmation.

Favorite Topics:
Musical narrative
Documentary film
Sound stories
Queer storytelling
Narrative & protest
Favorite Topics:
Narrative nonfiction
Documentary film

Favorite Topics:
Genre blending
Intimate journalism
Personal essay
Medical humanities
Favorite Topics:
Creative Nonfiction
Narrative Psychology
Narrative Practices for Growth, Community 

Favorite Topics:
Story structure
Sound design
Oblique strategies
Favorite Topics:
Oral storytelling
Personal essays
Creative nonfiction
Narrative journalism