Why Attend?

THREAD at Yale is a new gathering for storytellers, a gathering with a difference. Two differences, actually.

First, we care deeply about narrative journalism, 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. These distinctions mean nothing. Our faculty have been selected for their diversity of work across platforms.

Second, THREAD is neither a conference, where you hear lectures, nor a workshop, where your work receives close, personal attention. Instead, it is both. Mornings and evenings, everyone gathers to hear reflections from esteemed practitioners. Afternoons, attendees break into small groups, with faculty, to go over every individual's piece. The groups stay together over three afternoons, so the participants become a close, supportive community.

We want to follow the THREAD of your story, wherever it takes us.

Unlike some other journalists’ gatherings, there is no preference for "mid-career" applicants. We don't care about your age or level of experience, just your enthusiasm.

 

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

 

What Makes Thread at Yale Different?

  • Two conversations, every morning, with virtuosos of cross-platform, multimedia storytelling. Last year, we learned from Steven Brill how he has built a career in books, magazines, television, and now, in his latest venture, long-form web journalism. And from Glynn Washington how he created Snap Judgment, one of the fastest growing radio shows and podcasts in public radio history. And more…
  • An intimate, small-group workshop (with 10-12 people in each group) every afternoon. THREAD assigns each attendee to a group of ten students, and each group meets for three hours a day, for three days, with one of our elite faculty. The workshop teachers last summer included legends like Linda Gradstein, longtime NPR bureau chief in Jerusalem, and younger stars like New Yorker writer and National Magazine Award winner Sarah Stillman.
  • No boundaries. Attendees may workshop a long magazine piece, a multimedia presentation, a podcast in progress, whatever… as long as it tells a story.
  • Evening parlor discussions. On both Monday and Tuesday night, the whole community will gather, over drinks, with pioneering storytellers, to hear about their career journeys. Afterward, the conversation can continue at one of New Haven’s many charming, college-town pubs.
  • It’s summer. Let’s be casual. Food from food trucks. No ties allowed. Feel free to end your sentences with prepositions.