Stories at Work is a set of projects that pair graduate students in DePaul University’s MA program in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse with Chicago-area nonprofit organizations, to develop and deploy new media storytelling and digital writing projects together. These partnerships also inform scholarly research that explores how organizations build new media production capacity and use new media texts in their work.
In winter 2017, I taught a graduate course, Writing Digital Content, with a service-learning component. For more information on this partnership, see the detailed announcement.
I’ve almost completed an overhaul of the online tool that I’ve been working on for a few years now, Stories That Work. The site features a unique searchable database of collections of digital personal experience narratives made by nonprofits and cause initiatives. The database is intended to be a tool for the students and nonprofit practitioners that I work with, helping both to conceive of ideas for storytelling projects and providing space for them to reflect on the story-making process. I hope it will prove useful to a wider audience of nonprofit stakeholders, too.
- Digital Storytelling, Autumn 2016: course description, detailed announcement, and project recap
- Writing Digital Content, Winter 2016: course description, detailed announcement, and project recap
- Digital Storytelling in the Community, Spring 2014: course description
- Multimedia Content Strategy, Autumn 2013: course description and detailed announcement
- Digital Storytelling in Organizations, Winter 2012: course description and stories produced in the workshop by our partner organization
- Digital Storytelling workshop with the Goldin Institute, in Port au Prince, Haiti, Summer 2011: summary of project and overview video
- Digital Storytelling in Organizations, Winter 2011: course description and an example story, produced by one of our six partner organizations
Stories at Work, with the assistance of the Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-Based Service Learning and Community Service Studies, has funded several graduate students from the MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse to assist partner organizations with follow-up after service-learning courses are complete. These positions are competitive, and are awarded through an application process. Announcements for upcoming opportunities will be publicized to all students in DePaul’s MA in WRD.