What's Your Story? Workshop for Stanford Medical Students

Stanford Medicine and the Muse Program

with generous support from the Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Funds and The Marmor Foundation.

11:00 AM October 1- 11:00am October 2, 2016

Soul Food Farm
6046 Pleasants Valley Road, Vacaville CA 95688
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Everyone has a story. Or ten. Do you know what yours are?

Now more than ever, there are opportunities for physicians and physicians-in-training to make their voices heard--whether that's live onstage, creating a stories for popular podcasts, writing an opinion piece for a major national newspaper, giving a TED talk, publishing an article, writing a novel or sharing a work of creative nonfiction. At Medicine & The Muse Storytelling Workshop participants will get an intensive in the art and craft of storytelling for a variety of media--from radio to short story, creative nonfiction to live storytelling. NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors and a few surprise guests at the top of their fields will help you find your voice, learn how to use it, and share the stories that matter most.


  • tips and tricks for being your most creative self and capturing your best ideas
  • how to identify the elements of incredible stories and their structure
  • the difference between a story and merely an interesting topic
  • how different media are better suited to different sorts of stories and why it matters
  • what agents, editors and producers are looking for and how to pitch your ideas


Plan to arrive by 11am on Saturday the 1st. We will set up our tents in the olive orchard and then head out for a picnic lunch on a nearby lake. Make sure you are wearing good walking shoes and that you fill up your water bottle at the farm. We will spend the rest of the afternoon in both big and small working groups, until we break for dinner. Alexis, the owner/founder of Soul Food Farm will be cooking for us, using last-of-the-season produce from their gardens. 

After dinner there will be campfires, more stories, s'mores and impromptu music making--so bring your instruments and your voices. 

Sunday morning breakfast (coffee, tea, local pastries, honey from the farm, yogurt, granola) will be served in the garden and we will have one last storytelling session following the meal.

The workshop will be over by 11am on Sunday but feel free to stay at the farm and hang out with animals or in the gardens until 3pm. 


NOTE: The workshop is currently full. But please use the RSVP form to sign up for the waiting list!