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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

Chasing the Harvest and Digital Delano – 10/25

By |September 28th, 2017|Categories: Education, Events, Immigration, Labor Issues, Poverty and Economic Rights|Tags: , |

EVENT Chasing the Harvest and Digital Delano Wednesday, October 25, 2017  |  6:00pm – 8:00pm Robert F. Kennedy High School (View map) 1401 Hiett Ave Delano, CA 93215 Free The [...]

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The Art of Oral History

By |September 14th, 2017|Categories: Arts, Education|Tags: , , , |

Students from Oakland Technical High School performing a theatrical adaptation of Voices from the Storm in November of 2015. At the core of our mission, we believe in the power of [...]

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Rohingya in Burma: Fatima’s Oral History

By |September 12th, 2017|Categories: Burma, Narrators, Refugees|Tags: |

The human rights crisis occurring right now in Burma is nothing new. When we published Nowhere to be Home: Narratives from Survivors of Burma's Military Regime in 2011, one narrator, Fatima, recounted her experience as [...]

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