Jan. 28, 2017 Workshop: Let Your Research Tell a Story


Stoop Stories:

Let Your Research Tell a Story

A Saturday Brunch Workshop

Presented by Laura Wexler of The Stoop Storytelling Series


Photo collage developed from individual images that are the property of the Stoop Stories Series website.

On January 28, 2017, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in Maryland from all disciplines are invited to attend a workshop on the campus of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Baltimore, Maryland (near BWI airport.) Attendees will learn how to couch their research to tell their personal professional stories. This is a Maryland-wide event, and includes schools within the University System of Maryland (USM) and the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA). 

Event Details

Event: Let Your Research Tell a Story – Telling Your Personal Professional Story Workshop

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location:  University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Sherman Hall – Lecture Hall 003.

Driving directions: UMBC 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250 Administration Drive Garage

Parking: Parking is free on the weekend, please use the visitor spaces on
upper Admin Drive Garage or Hilltop Circle parking spaces A & D.  Do not pay for the visitor spaces, no permit is required.

Walking from Administration Drive Garage directions: Sherman Building at UMBC 


Attendees who are part of the UMBC community: Please click the “I Can Attend” button on http://my.umbc.edu/groups/promise/events/45663 and register on the Eventbrite website (click on the orange button below).

Attendees outside the UMBC community: Please register on the Eventbrite website (click on the orange button below).

Eventbrite - Spring 2016 University System of Maryland PROMISE AGEP Research Symposium & Professional Development Conference: Fri. Feb. 12, 2016

If you bring a guest, who is a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow in another state, please have them register individually. If you bring a guest who is a friend of family member, they are welcome to attend as we are operating according to  “The Jessica Effect” https://promiseagep.com/2016/08/10/what-is-the-jessica-effect/Please email promisestaff@gmail.com to let us know how many people will be coming with you so that we can plan food accordingly.

Workshop Mission

Participants will learn to use the tools of true, personal storytelling to create and share an engaging and accessible story about their research focus, project, or goals. Participants will:

● Enhance their understanding of true, personal storytelling as a powerful tool of communication to engage and connect with a variety of audiences, and explain complex issues in an accessible and relatable way.

● Improve their ability to identify and enact the principles of powerful true, personal storytelling.

● Create a 3- to 5-minute engaging true, personal tale that illuminates their research focus and findings.

● Share that personal research tale with a group of peers and receive feedback.

Workshop Structure

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Registration and Continental breakfast

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Lecture

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM  Breakout Sessions / Brunch

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM    Final Reconvenes and Synthesize

University System of Maryland (USM) and Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA) School Listing:

University System of Maryland (USM) Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA)
Bowie State University Capitol Technology University
Coppin State University Goucher College
Frostburg State University Hood College
Salisbury University Johns Hopkins University
Towson University Loyola University Maryland
University of Baltimore Maryland Institute College of Art
University of Maryland, Baltimore McDaniel College
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Mount St. Mary’s University
University of Maryland, College Park Notre Dame of Maryland University
University of Maryland Eastern Shore St. John’s College
University of Maryland University College Stevenson University
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Washington Adventist University
Washington College
USM Regional Centers: Universities at Shady Grove, University System of Maryland Hagerstown MICUA Affiliate Member Trustees: Ner Israel Rabbinical College, St. Mary’s Seminary & University

Workshop Presenter

Laura Wexler’s photo and biographical information are the property Stoop Stories, and Johns Hopkins University, where Wexler is a member of the adjunct faculty.

Laura Wexler is the co-founder and co-producer of The Stoop Storytelling Series, a Baltimore-based cultural event and podcast in which “ordinary” people tell extraordinary true tales about their lives. Since 2006, Laura has presented workshops in true, personal storytelling for a range of organizations, businesses, and individuals. Her storytelling curriculum is based on 10 years of teaching memoir writing at the collegiate and graduate level, and her experience coaching more than 1,000 people to tell the true, personal tales of their lives. In addition to her work with The Stoop, Laura is the author of the book, Fire in a Canebrake: The Last Mass Lynching in America (Scribner), as well as nonfiction published in The Washington Post Magazine, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She currently writes and develops projects for TV and film.


Key Co-Sponsors: The Graduate School at UMBC, PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP



in partnership with MICUA


and the University System of Maryland via PROMISE


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