START YOUR OWN STORYTELLING PROJECT

Our DIY guide offers strategies and resources for creating justice-driven oral history projects.

Oral history is a universal form of storytelling. For many years Voice of Witness has shared powerful stories of people impacted by injustice with a broad audience of readers. Say It Forward extends this work, offering a DIY guide for social justice storytelling that outlines the critical methodology at the core of Voice of Witness’s evocative oral history collections. 

What’s Inside?

  • Information, strategies, and steps to address power discrepancies, awareness of cultural norms, insider/outsider dynamics, self-care for interviewers, and more
  • An extensive resource section for oral history, community storytelling, media options for sharing stories, community-organizing resources, and clinical psychology resources related to traumatic stories and self-care
  • Field reports exemplifying how to harness the power of personal narrative to expose larger issues of inequality

“A vital guide from a vital organization, and it couldn’t come at a more critical time.”

Lauren Markham, author of The Far Away Brothers

Field Report Contributors Include:

Beyond the Book: Connecting More Deeply

Attend or Host A Workshop

Voice of Witness offers oral history trainings, workshops, and curricular support to a wide variety of educators, storytellers, organizations, and social justice advocates. Our interactive process introduces the skills, ethics, and social significance of creating oral history, as exemplified by Voice of Witness and other leading practitioners in the field.

Email erin@voiceofwitness.org for information about hosting or attending our workshops.

Share Your Stories

Are you working on a social justice-based oral history project? We’d love to hear about it! Share your story with press@voiceofwitness.org and it might appear on our blog.

Join Our Community

Join the Voice of Witness Learning Community on Facebook, where you can collaborate with other oral historians, share and find resources, and ask us questions.