Testimonials

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For the first time in my 33 years, I feel that I have the right to call myself a writer, a story teller and greatest of all, a poet. These past few days at THREAD have brought me closer to myself. And for that I am fairly speechless but yet and still, I have within me all the right words.
— Eniafe Isis Adewale, Founder and Chief Experience Officer, EXI CONCEPTS LLC (2018)
THREAD was a magical gift of peer camaraderie, career inspiration, professional insight on practice, revelatory presentations by leading storytellers, and great one-on-one workshop sessions. I wasn’t at all sure what I was getting into before it started, and didn’t want it to end once it did. Thank you for facilitating my ‘mid-career course adjustment,’ away from editing and back to writing and tale-telling, where I belong!
— Joshua Wilson, Writer, Editor, and Media Consultant (2018)
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THREAD changed my life! The curriculum challenged me to rise to the highest version of myself and my story-telling abilities. The brain trust we had access to and were able to bounce our ideas off of were actual legends in the field and that was priceless. I have met life-long friends and co-conspirators for the next part of my journey.
— Joy Cook, Founder and President, Joy Cook Public Relations Group (2018)
THREAD provided a collaborative, safe space for many of us to test new storytelling formats while sharing deeply personal works. If you’re looking to stretch yourself in unexpected ways, this program is for you.
— Neil Parmar, Journalist, Editor, and Educator (2018)
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A world of learning, sharing, and growing happened in a matter of a few days. THREAD is an extraordinary personal and professional development experience that I may just have to repeat.
— Suzy Kahn Weinberg, Podcast Producer, The Big Payoff (2018)
THREAD took the lid off what is possible in journalism. The program showed me I had limited views of not only what I could do with journalism but also how it could be done. I’d recommend it to any storyteller!
— Bria Felicien, Digital Producer, The Greenville News (2017)
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Even if your primary interest is not journalism, THREAD succeeds in preparing the student for finding things in life that are really worth telling a story about.
— Elise Roncace, Office Intern, USC US-China Institute (2017)
THREAD combines the experts and ideas of a professional conference with the intimacy and focus of a workshop. The intellectual excellence of Yale influences every aspect of THREAD, and I’m a better writer with new inspiration as a result. Highly recommended.
— Michael Incavo, Account Manager, Natural United Outdoors Company (2017)
I’ve never been to a workshop quite like this one, in the best possible way. It’s fascinating to talk about our work with such a diverse group of mentors and students. And to do so while much of it is still in progress is both rare and invaluable.
— Tim Ball, Creative Director, Politico Europe (2016)
I left THREAD feeling exponentially more inspired and driven. To learn with such committed, creative and generous storytellers and mentors, from around the country and the world, was an opportunity for which I’m incredibly grateful. I look forward to staying close with these new friends and colleagues for a long time to come!
— Esther Bergdahl, Freelance Journalist & Editor (2016)
THREAD gave me insights into the craft of storytelling that have already changed the way I write. I’ve come away totally energized by the incredible work I’ve seen and heard. These three stimulating days have raised my standards for what I might do, creatively and professionally
— Margo True, Food Editor, Sunset Magazine (2015)
There is no other program like THREAD. It’s an inspiring, supportive, diverse environment that’s helped me grow, network, and learn.
— Bian Elkhatib, Copy Editor, Moline Dispatch Publishing Company (2015)
Having produced and attended conferences worldwide for 30 years, THREAD provided a singularly superb experience in crafting stories and meaningful connections with an audience. The program and setting exceeded all expectations within the first 24 hours.
— Ed Romanoff, CEO/Founder, PineRock Productions (2015)
The opportunity to talk shop with such brilliant people was enriching, both intellectually and emotionally.
— Bonnie Wertheim, Editorial Assistant, The New York Times Syndicate (2015)
THREAD did more than provide me advice on structure, pace and the rest of what makes a compelling story — it gave me access to the creators that have mastered those qualities in today’s industry.
— Matt Walks, Digital Media Associate, ESPN (2015)
This was an amazing experience. I made friends with other professionals from all over the country and learned techniques from industry leaders. I took more notes at THREAD than I did in my senior year of college!
— Keith Faber, Senior Digital Editor, Boys' Life Magazine - Boy Scouts of America (2015)