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As part of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric and in collaboration with the Oral Communication Program (OCP) and the Stanford Storytelling Project (SSP), the Hume Center hosts a variety of workshops, events, and resources for the Stanford community. These offerings span a wide range of interests and needs, including academic, professional, personal, public, civic, and expressivist, reflecting our shared commitment to supporting effective, transformative communication in and beyond the classroom. At the request of faculty and instructors, the Hume Center and OCP offer writing and oral communication workshops tailored to course assignments and to students’ needs. The Hume Center also collaborates with campus offices, programs, and student organizations to support students’ passion projects and self-identified communication goals. The Storytelling Project and the Creative Writing Program co-host at Hume the weekly craft workshop, The Writer’s Studio.  The Storytelling Project also provides mentoring at Hume through StoryLab and offers workshops for students, faculty, and staff on how to use story craft and practices to create personal and social change.

To learn more about our workshop offerings or to request a workshop for your class or group, please contact us. For writing workshops, please contact Hume Director Zandra Jordan ( To schedule an oral communication workshop please contact; to inquire about the Oral Communication Program’s range of workshops or to discuss details about a particular workshop, please contact Doree Allen at ( For storytelling workshops: please contact SSP Director Jonah Willihnganz ( Lists of frequently requested workshops are provided below.

Stanford graduate students and postdocs can self-enroll in a Hume Canvas site to access electronic materials from past workshops. Click here to self-enroll.

Hume Writing Workshops

An Introduction to Hume Resources

Captivating Introductions and Satisfying Conclusions

The Common Structure of Research Articles

Conveying Your Research in a Nutshell

Crafting a Diversity Statement

Effective Thesis Development

Finding Your Writing Rhythm During Challenging Times

Giving Feedback on Student Writing

Interdisciplinary Writing and Research Methods

Next Steps for Revising Your Creative Project

Organizing Complex Arguments

Publishing from Your Dissertation

Putting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into Action in and Outside of the Classroom

Responding to Reviewer Comments

Revising for Style

Strategies for Successful Collaborations

Talking about Race in the Classroom

That Sounds So Much Better! Revising for Style

Translating Your Research for Public Readership and Private Sector Advancement

Turning Your Qualifying Paper into a Journal Article

Why, When, and How to Improve your Writing Style

Writing a Literature Review

Writing an Op-Ed

Writing a Personal Statement

Writing a Med School Personal Statement

Writing a Policy Memo

Writing Research-based Arguments

Writing for Healing

Writing as a Spiritual Practice

Writer’s Block and the Creative Process in Science

Writing a Job Talk

Writing Productivity in Times Like These

Writing a Research Proposal

Writing a Review Article

Writing Science for Public Audiences

Writing Stellar Fellowship Applications

Writing Strategies for New Doctoral Students

Writing a Teaching Philosophy

Oral Communication Workshops

5 Habits of Highly Effective Communicators

10 Tips for Breakthrough Presentations

The Academic Job Talk

The Art of Effective Speaking: Content, Design, and Delivery

Beyond Fear and Trembling:  Managing Speech Anxiety

Creating Effective Multimedia Presentations

Designing your Conference Poster and Pitch

Digital Presentations: Tips for Audience Engagement

Effective Speaking in Academic Settings

The Elevator Pitch

The Fine Art of Feedback

General Speaking Skills

The Impostor Syndrome

Leading Out Loud

Persuasive Presentations

Presentation as Performance

Principles of Effective Slide Design

Putting You in Your Presentation:  Body Language and Storytelling

Quick Tips for Presentation Survival and Success

Speaking Science:  Engaging and Keeping an Audience

Speaking Tips for the Classroom

Stand Up and Stand Out:  How to Present to a Broad Audience

The TED Commandments

Vocal Expressiveness and Delivery

Working with a Script

Storytelling Project Workshops

Story Practices for Community Building

Story Practices for Mindfulness and Courage

Story Practices for Empathy and Self-Compassion

Story Craft for Academic Essays (Narrativizing Research)

Story Craft for Personal Essays (Tools of Creative Nonfiction)

Story Craft for Presentations or Performance (Telling Your Story)

Creating Audio Essays

Creating Audio Documentaries

Creating Multimedia Essays

Creating Multimedia Documentaries