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Call for Stories for Choice!

CALL FOR STORYTELLERS

TMI Project is proud to announce an international call for storytellers for Stories for Choice 2023. 10 applicants will be chosen for the 10-session workshop and culminating live performance on Sunday, January 22, 2023, what would have been the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. All workshop sessions are hosted on Zoom.

Here’s what audience members had to say about last years performance:

“Stories for Choice helped listeners understand and appreciate diverse lived experiences and humanized the wide-range of reasons to protect bodily autonomy and choice.”

“I already support this issue, but tonight’s event provided me another resource and the storytelling format is a powerful one that I can share with others.”

We welcome all stories for choice – any true personal story about reproductive health care. We are particularly interested in hearing from people who are:

  • facing challenges accessing care in states where abortion is illegal
  • working to make reproductive healthcare accessible to all
  • living in places where victories have been made, like Kansas and Mexico; where speaking truth to power has resulted in change

 

TMI Project Stories for Choice have specific required elements:

  • It’s a true story about your experience with reproductive healthcare — or lack thereof — or any and all things related to reproductive justice. Stories do not have to be tragic, comical, or have a sad/ happy ending, though all of the above are fine — they simply have to be true.
  • All stories are first-person stories. You, the writer, are the main character.
  • You’re willing to be vulnerable and expose your humanity by including the “TMI” parts of your story — the parts we usually leave out because of shame, embarrassment, stigma, or cultural expectations.
  • Your story is about an experience in which you went through some kind of transformation from beginning to end with tension in the middle that makes the listener want to keep listening.

No prior experience with writing or storytelling is required to apply. 

All people will be considered, regardless of race, religion, sexuality, gender identity, or national origin. We encourage people from the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities to apply.  We will have a Spanish-speaking workshop leader and also encourage Spanish speakers to apply.

Applications for storytellers are due by September 23, 2022. Chosen applicants will be contacted by October 4 and, on completion of the program, will receive a $500 stipend for their time and participation

Still interested in applying? Great — we want to hear from you! Send us your application by September 23rd. All chosen applicants will be notified by October 4th.

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