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Jeanne De Vita and Larena Patrick, participants in "The Stories We Tell," San Diego 2016. | Photo: Joe Greto
Share your story, change the world.
Participate in The Voices and Faces Project's “The Stories We Tell” testimonial writing workshop.

The Voices and Faces Project launched "The Stories We Tell," North America's first two-day testimonial writing program for survivors of gender-based violence, in 2011. Since its inception, "The Stories We Tell" has been offered over a dozen times in cities across North America, and over 225 writers have come through our program. In 2013, we debuted a short-form version of "The Stories We Tell," focused on the ethics and challenges of sharing testimony in conflict zones, in South Africa.

Why testimonial writing? By using our stories in service to not only personal but also political transformation, we become more effective change agents. During "The Stories We Tell," workshop participants read and discuss world-changing testimonial writing across social justice movements, while taking part in a series of innovative real-time writing exercises. This is a workshop that is as purposeful as it is powerful - a way to use your own voice to create a more just and fair world.
Read Larena and Jeanne’s reflections
on what “The Stories We Tell” means to them.

To apply for a workshop or to support "The Stories We Tell" Scholarship Fund, email
Our Fall 2016 "Stories We Tell" Schedule

Seattle, WA

September 10-11, 2016
(applications due 8/19)
In partnership with Shepherd's Counseling Services

Milwaukee, WI

October 22-23, 2016
(applications due 9/30)
In partnership with Mount Mary University Justice Program

Skokie, IL*

October 29-30, 2016
(applications due 10/7)
In partnership with the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Chicago, IL*

January, 2017
In partnership with University of Chicago

* Supported by the Ellie Fund at the Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
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Find out more about giving the gift of change by donating to our workshop scholarship fund. Every $500 raised provides a full two-day scholarship for a survivor waiting to take part in our program.
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