The motto of The Stoop Storytelling Series is “Everyone has a story.” The Stoop storytelling workshops are the practical embodiment of that motto.

Stoop co-producer Laura Wexler created The Stoop storytelling curriculum by drawing on more than a decade of experience teaching memoir writing at the collegiate and graduate level, and coaching people to tell the true, personal tales of their lives. Since she co-founded The Stoop in 2006, she has coached nearly 2,000 people to tell their true, personal tales.

At Stoop workshops, participants enhance their understanding of storytelling as a powerful tool of communication and learn to identify and enact the principles of true, personal storytelling.

Because storytelling is universal, Stoop workshops are suited to people of all ages, cultures, educational levels, and disciplines.

Laura is passionate about the benefits of true, personal storytelling for individuals as well as organizations. She regularly presents workshops to nonprofits; educational and medical institutions; academic and professional conferences; training institutes; and corporations and businesses.

Participants learn to utilize the tools of true, personal storytelling to communicate a larger mission; advocate for a cause; elucidate complex issues; and tell engaging institutional stories.

“For two years in a row, Laura Wexler has led a storytelling workshop for a program called “120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders,” which brings a group of young, up-and-coming leaders in family planning/reproductive health from all over the world to the United States for a week of trainings and special events. Laura’s experience and genuine passion for personal storytelling comes through in every element as she expertly coaches these young people to share and shape their stories into compelling narratives.” — Marianne Amoss, Project Lead, 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Recent clients include:

  • Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Maryland Food Bank
  • Violence Prevention Program, Shock Trauma, UMMC
  • Juvenile Justice Youth Coalition, Community Law in Action
  • The Sondheim Scholars Program, UMBC
  • St. Ambrose Housing Coalition
  • University System of Maryland
  • T. Rowe Price
  • Open Society Institute-Baltimore
  • The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • Anne Arundel Community College
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health (Read article here).
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
  • Elijah Cummings Youth Project
  • Baltimore Jewish Council
  • Baltimore Lab School
  • Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
  • AARP-Maryland
  • Thread

The standard Stoop storytelling workshop is a half-day interactive experience customized for each organization’s mission. Laura is also available for full-day intensive storytelling workshops, and regularly presents lectures on storytelling for conferences. She also offers “train the trainers” workshops in which she empowers leaders, teachers, and organizational staff to support their clients and students to tell their true, personal tales.

Periodically, Laura offers storytelling workshops for individuals. Join The Stoop email list to get information on those. She also offers individual story coaching.

If you’d like information on storytelling workshops or story coaching, please email Laura.