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.
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.
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:
Communications Manager / Consultant / Officer
Digital Content Producer
Editor / Editorial Assistant / Fellow
Film Producer / Director
Freelance Writer / Editor
Graduate Student / Journalism Scholar
Investigative Reporter / Researcher
Marketing / Business Writer
Podcast Host / Producer
Publishing House Business Manager
Radio Show Host / Producer
Science / Medical Writer
Set Lighting Technician
Spoken Word Artist
Studio Art Teacher
Suicide Awareness Activist
User Experience Manager
Virtual Reality Producer
Writer / Author