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“The Voices and Faces Project's writing workshop reconnected me to myself through writing, in a process with others which I never experienced before. Through the sharing, I became more whole than I thought possible.”

Edmonton Workshop
Every sexual violence survivor story has power and purpose. With that belief as our guide, The Voices and Faces Project launched "The Stories We Tell," North America's first two-day testimonial writing program for survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence and trafficking. Since piloting the program at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2011, our workshop has traveled to a half dozen cities, with 5 more workshops slated for 2014.

Why testimonial writing? By using our stories in service to not only personal, but also political, transformation, we become more effective change agents. During "The Stories We Tell," workshop participants read and discuss history's most compelling and world-changing testimonial writing - including works by Sandra Cisneros, Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King, Jr., Primo Levi, and Adrienne Rich - while taking part in a series of innovative real-time writing exercises. We read, we write and we work together to create change through the power of our stories.

It's not just about the past. It's about the future. During "The Stories We Tell," workshop participants look back at social movements that have changed the world, while looking forward to the changes they can make by sharing their own testimonies. This is a workshop that is as purposeful as it is powerful - a way to use your own voice to create a more just and fair world.

Find out more about The Stories We Tell here and read select press about our workshop here, here and here. If you'd like to apply for a future "Stories We Tell" workshop — or to find out how to bring this program to your community - email

Our 2014 Workshop Schedule (subject to change or addition).
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    April 5 - 6, 2014
    Location: Winnipeg Art Gallery
    (applications due 3/15)

  • New York City, New York
    June 21 - 22, 2014
    Location: New York, NY
    Watson Hall, Columbia University
    612 W. 115th st.
    (Applications due 6/10)
  • Chicago, Illinois
    September, 2014
    Location and date: TBA

  • Milwaukee, WI
    Fall 2014
    Location: Mount Mary College
    Date: TBA

We can't do it without you:
Support our "Stories We Tell" Scholarship Fund.
Find out more about giving the gift of change by donating to our workshop scholarship fund. Every $500 raised provides a full two-day scholarship for a survivor waiting to take part in our program. Email for details or donate securely online.

Lived Through This

Let the buzz begin: Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors in Publishers Weekly.
Eight years ago, Voices and Faces founder Anne K. Ream and documentary photographer Patricia Evans began a multi-country journey interviewing and photographing a community of sexual violence and trafficking survivors who have been "shaped, but refused to be defined, by their histories of violence." Lived Through This, Anne's memoir of that journey, is the result. V-Day founder Eve Ensler calls Lived Through This a book of "Heart-stopping, beautifully rendered stories of survivors powerfully illustrating the notion that when we tell our stories, we change the story." Read the Publishers Weekly review of Lived Through This or advance order this groundbreaking book on the Random House site (publication date: 4/15).

Katie Feifer

It's not marketing. It's a movement. Bringing our anti-trafficking campaign to your community.
In 2013, our Voices and Faces Project creative team partnered with Kinetic Worldwide - the world's largest buyer of Out of Home media - to create "The Ugly Truth," a multi-media public awareness campaign that made over 400 million impressions in the fight to end sex trafficking, while challenging people to "think differently" about what constitutes sexual exploitation and abuse. The result? Changed minds, hearts and – yes! – public policies in Illinois, the state where we launched this groundbreaking campaign. We are grateful to our allies at Kinetic Media — and we look forward to taking this campaign to new places in 2014. Read the Crain's Chicago Business article about our "Ugly Truth" campaign.

Learn more about the making of our campaign.

Interested in bringing our "Ugly Truth" anti-trafficking campaign to your state or region?

Speakers Bureau

Taking our show on the road: The Voices and Faces Project at the Clinton Center, the EVAW conference,
and more.

April is a busy month for our Voices and Faces Project team. On April 10th, project founder Anne K. Ream will be delivering a keynote address, "New Rules for Radicals: How Survivor Stories Are Changing the Movement to End Gender-Related Violence" at the Clinton School of Social Policy. On April 11th, we'll be sharing a series of Voices and Faces Project survivor stories with the Arkansas National Guard. And during April 22 -24, we're presenting at the End Violence Against Women International Conference in Seattle, WA. See you there!

Find out more about bringing a Voices and Faces Project lecture or workshop to your community.


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