UCI’s Center for Storytelling launched this summer to serve as an umbrella for storytelling events and workshops on campus. Under the direction of Barry Siegel and Dr. Patricia Pierson, the center seeks to refine and harness the skill of storytelling for UCI students and the broader community.
“Storytelling is at the heart of what it means to be human,” Siegel, director of UCI’s Literary Journalism Program, said.
Being the first of its kind in the UC system, the idea for the center bloomed from conversations that occurred among the literary journalism faculty. Associate Director Dr. Pierson, felt that many students across the campus and community had stories to tell, but did not fully understand the best way to tell them.
“We wanted to help; we wanted to share our appreciation and excitement for true storytelling with the academy and the public,” Siegel…