THREAD at Yale

Storytelling in Modern Media

June 11 - 14, 2017

Established in 2014. THREAD at Yale, now going into its third year, is a gathering of professional journalists and storytellers that does not care whether you work in print, video, audio, photography, or some form we haven’t even thought of yet. At this program, a small group of storytellers will gather for three days and nights to learn from masters in the field. And from each other. 

THREAD gave me insights into the craft of storytelling that have already changed the way I write. I’ve come away totally energized by the incredible work I’ve seen and heard. These three stimulating days have raised my standards for what I might do, creatively and professionally.
— Margo True, Food Editor, Sunset Magazine

Storytelling today moves from one platform to another. The best magazines, like The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine, have print editions but also offer podcasts, photography slideshows, and other multimedia content. Meanwhile, a live, spoken-word experience like The Moth has become a radio show — and now a book, a print collection of its greatest hits. It’s time that storytellers had a gathering that respected the new reality, by disrespecting the old boundaries.

THREAD at Yale is an offshoot of the Yale Journalism Initiative (YJI). YJI was founded in 2006, with a gift from Steven Brill, to encourage Yale students to consider careers in journalism. 

Yale Founding Director

Mark Oppenheimer, the founding director of THREAD at Yale, is the biweekly “Beliefs” columnist for The New York Times. He has been a contributor to This American Life, a storyteller at The Moth, and a visiting professor at Stanford, Wesleyan, Wellesley, NYU, and Boston College. His books include Wisenheimer: A Childhood Subject to Debate, about his wild years on the high school debate circuit, and Thirteen and a Day: The Bar and Bat Mitzvah Across America (which he should have called The Bar Mitzvah Crasher). He hosted the famous “dinner table debate,” on YouTube, between sex columnist Dan Savage and Brian Brown, the head of the conservative National Organization for Marriage.


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