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“The Voices and Faces Project’s writing workshop helped me transform the pain of sexual violence into a fuel that can change the world.”

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 been offered over a dozen times in cities across North America.

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
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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.

For details on applying to "The Stories We Tell," or to find out how to bring our two-day testimonial writing workshop to your community, email

Our 2015 Workshop Schedule (subject to change or addition).
  • Prince Edward Island, Canada
    April 11 - 12, 2015
    (applications due 3/20)

  • Chicago, IL
    Summer, 2015

  • Milwaukee, WI
    October 17-18, 2015
  • Evanston, IL
    Fall, 2015

  • Toronto, Canada
    November, 2015

  • New York, New York
    Winter, 2015

Three writing workshop alums, three very moving,
very different experiences.
The best way to find out more about "The Stories We Tell" is by hearing from the survivors who have taken part in it. Click on the photos below to read about Tammy, Roger and Christa's experiences in our first-of-its-kind testimonial writing program.
Tammy Perlmutter
Roger Canaff
Christa Desir

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.
Special thanks to the partners making our testimonial writing workshop possible: Lakshmi Foundation, The Donner Canadian Foundation, The Jewish Women's Foundation of Chicago, & The Wisconsin Humanities Council.

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