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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.

Story Lab Fellows work on their proposed project during a 3-month incubation period that includes:

  • oral history training
  • editorial guidance
  • and a small project stipend to support the development of oral history narratives.

Select Story Lab Fellows will be awarded VOW Book Fellowships to support the full development of their project into a VOW book.

Our goals are to:

  1. Provide swift and reliable support for projects with the potential to:
    • amplify the voices of people directly impacted by injustice and
    • build power among impacted communities and contribute meaningfully to their movement work
  2. Promote ethical, empathy-based storytelling to illuminate human rights crises
  3. Ensure quality, innovation, and diversity in the stories VOW narrators tell

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

We are not currently accepting proposals for the VOW Story Lab. Please check back in the fall of 2018 for more.

DISPATCHES FROM THE FIELD

Seeing the U.S.-Mexico Border through the Eyes of a Refugee

By |October 1st, 2019|Categories: Activism, Arts, Borders and Boundaries, Exile & Displacement, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Narrators, Refugees, VOW Book Series, Youth Migrants|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

by Gabriel Mendez In early July, Voice of Witness reached out to me and told me about a protest in El Paso happening on July 5th, where artists would perform, talking about their experiences at the border [...]

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Puerto Rico, Two Years after Hurricane María

By |September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Environmental Issues, Exile & Displacement, Narrators, Puerto Rico, VOW Book Series, VOW Editor Interviews, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , , |

Two years ago, Hurricane María hit the island of Puerto Rico, and today, survivors across the island are still healing. Electricity goes in and out, buildings remain abandoned, and the lingering stress of [...]

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“Are You Colombian? Sorry.” Danny’s Story in Throwing Stones at the Moon

By |September 9th, 2019|Categories: Arts, Colombia, Exile & Displacement, Immigration, Narrators, VOW Book Series|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

2019 marks 10 years for Voice of Witness as a nonprofit, and in celebration of this exciting milestone, we’re resurfacing powerful stories from every oral history book in our series. Though time has passed since these [...]

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