What is THREAD about?

We care deeply about storytelling, but we don’t care if it's on paper, on a computer screen, on the radio, downloaded as a podcast, in photographs, or streaming as video. THREAD at Yale is the perfect mix between a conference, where you hear lectures, and a workshop, where your work receives close, personal attention. At this gathering, a small group of storytellers from print, video, audio, photography, and hybrid forms will come together to learn from masters in the field and from each other.

Next workshop: June 9 - 12, 2019 »


2018 mentors and participants talk about why THREAD is the one program you don't want to miss.



Each morning and evening during the program, storytellers gather to hear reflections from esteemed practitioners. Then in the afternoons, everyone breaks into small workshop groups (10-12 people), led by one of the elite mentors on staff, to go over every individual's piece. The groups stay together over three afternoons, so the participants become a close, supportive community.


THREAD at Yale is an offshoot of the Yale Journalism Initiative (YJI). YJI was founded in 2006, with a gift from Steven Brill, to encourage Yale students to consider careers in journalism. The Initiative’s faculty so far have included Steven Brill, Jill Abramson, Mark Schoofs, and Bob Woodward, and its alumni, called Yale Journalism Scholars, now work at major storytelling platforms from The New York Times to NPR, from PBS to Slate and Buzzfeed and beyond. THREAD builds on this vision. 

Who should attend?

THREAD at Yale seeks non-fiction storytellers from the U.S. and around the world who work on every platform imaginable and come from every walk of life. We don't care about your age or level of experience, just your enthusiasm.

Below is a sampling of the different kinds of storytellers that have attended THREAD:

  • Artistic Director

  • Communications Manager / Consultant / Officer

  • Correspondent

  • Digital Content Producer

  • Editor / Editorial Assistant / Fellow

  • Film Producer / Director

  • Freelance Writer / Editor

  • Graduate Student / Journalism Scholar

  • Investigative Reporter / Researcher

  • Journalist

  • Legal Counsel

  • Marketing / Business Writer

  • Media Educator

  • Photographer

  • Podcast Host / Producer

  • Production Coordinator

  • Professor

  • Publishing House Business Manager

  • Radio Show Host / Producer

  • Reporter

  • Science / Medical Writer

  • Senior Critic

  • Set Lighting Technician

  • Spoken Word Artist

  • Studio Art Teacher

  • Suicide Awareness Activist

  • User Experience Manager

  • Virtual Reality Producer

  • Writer / Author