The Power of Personal Storytelling: Personal Statement Workshop (Part I)

The Stoop Storytelling Series is a Baltimore-based live show and podcast that features “ordinary” people sharing the extraordinary, true tales of their lives. The mission of The Stoop is to build community through the sharing of personal stories. Stoop shows are intimate and surprising, wonderful and weird, hilarious and heartbreaking. Since its founding in 2006, The Stoop has featured the tales of more than 2,500 people onstage, including notable citizens such as Congressman Elijah Cummings, “Wire” creator David Simon, activist DeRay Mckesson and Senator Barbara Mikulski -- and been featured in The Washington Post and New York Times.  The Stoop also offers storytelling workshops and special events. Learn more and listen to stories at

Laura Wexler is the co-founder and co-producer of The Stoop Storytelling Series, a popular cultural event and podcast in which “ordinary” people share extraordinary true tales about their lives. Since 2006, Laura has presented workshops in true, personal storytelling for organizations, businesses, and individuals. Her storytelling curriculum is based on nearly two decades as a faculty member teaching memoir writing at the collegiate and graduate level, and her experience coaching nearly 2,000 people to tell the true, personal tales of their lives. In addition to her work with The Stoop, Laura is the author of the narrative nonfiction book, Fire in a Canebrake: The Last Mass Lynching in America (Scribner, 2003), as well as nonfiction published in The Washington Post Magazine, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She has developed a TV pilot for Amazon Studios, and written a Virtual Reality film that world-premiered at Sundance Festival 2018.

The Power of Personal Storytelling

In this lively lecture and discussion, participants will enhance their understanding of true, personal storytelling as a powerful tool of communication and learn its basic principles. Participants will leave empowered to begin crafting a 5-minute true, personal tale that shares their motivations for pursuing a scientific career.

Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 11:00am to 12:00pm

Spencer Hall, Room 200 (Take the Spencer Hall elevator to the second floor. Make a left once you leave the elevator)
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21251

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Lectures & Presentations, Workshops/Training







The Student Research Center


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Shamara Murphy

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