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VOW STORY LAB

The VOW Story Lab is a unique opportunity for storytellers working in the field of human rights to receive holistic support for oral history projects that amplify the voices of people directly impacted by contemporary injustice.

The Lab allows us to incubate and develop new projects by providing oral history training, editorial guidance, and project funding to a diversity of human rights storytellers in need of institutional support.

Launched in spring of 2016, the Lab supports projects from storytellers of all stripes, including journalists, novelists, scholars, educators, and advocates.

Our goals are to:

  1. Promote ethical, empathy-based storytelling to illuminate human rights crises
  2. Ensure quality, innovation, and diversity in the stories VOW tells
  3. Ensure swift and reliable funding support for promising projects

VIEW CURRENT PROJECTS

VOW STORY LAB FELLOWSHIPS

VOW Story Lab fellows receive oral history training, editorial guidance, peer support, and a small project stipend to develop sample narratives during a three-month pilot phase.

VOW BOOK FELLOWSHIPS

VOW Book Fellowships are awarded to select Story Lab fellows to support the full development of their project into a VOW book. Fellowships cover project expenses and a living stipend to support dedicated project time.

SUSTAIN THE STORIES

The VOW Story Lab is possible thanks to passionate people like you. Will you join us in supporting in-depth, human rights storytelling?

Become a monthly sustainer,
or make a one-time gift today

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

Thanks for your interest! We are currently at capacity and will be unable to review proposals until late 2017. Please check back for updates and proposal guidelines.

DISPATCHES FROM THE FIELD

LA Times Festival of Books: Lost Stories of the West

By |April 19th, 2017|Categories: Events, Immigration, Labor Issues|Tags: |

VOW editor Gabriel Thompson will be at the 2017 LA Times Festival of Books discussing Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture (out May 16, 2017). Read on to learn more about the [...]

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Projects Featured in VOW’s Upcoming Oral History Handbook Are Taking Off

By |April 15th, 2017|Categories: Education, News|

VOW Education Program Director Cliff Mayotte, Pendarvis Harshaw, and VOW Education Associate Erin Vong at a reading and book-signing for OG Told Me at Oaklandish in Oakland, California on April 2, 2017. The [...]

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Q&A: Alia Malek on Syria, Narrative Journalism, and the Power of Making It Personal

By |April 14th, 2017|Categories: Cultural and Personal Identity, Home and Belonging, VOW Editor Interviews|

Photo: Peter van Agtmael/Magnum Photos In her new book The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria, journalist Alia Malek (editor of Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice) recounts her journey [...]

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