Stories at Work


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.

Current Projects

In winter 2018, I will be offering a Digital Storytelling production partnership, in tandem with my WRD 286: Digital Storytelling course. If you are affiliated with a Chicago-area nonprofit that works with parent-leaders to address educational inequities and would like to learn more about the partnership and how to apply (deadline 12/1/17), 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.

Past Projects

Student Opportunities

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.