Untold Stories

This intensive writing workshop is part of Untold Stories, a two-part event that aims to bring awareness and healing to survivors of sexual or domestic violence or human trafficking. One voice is important because "silence is the enemy of change."


Change your story. 

"I have had a propensity to ‘go it alone’ in the trials and tribulations of my life. This, compounded with the isolation that is often inherent in the experience of sexual violence, has been a problem for me. But through The Voices and Faces Project’s writing workshop I found my voice - and I found the joy that comes with realizing that I don’t have to go it alone. Thank you for affording me the opportunity to be heard, to hear others, and to experience immeasurable healing."  
                           -- past participant

"The Stories We Tell" Testimonial Writing Workshop

October 22-23, 2016
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Sunday, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Steimke Conference Center
Notre Dame Hall, Rooms 248/250
Mount Mary University

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Guided by award-winning writers, this intensive testimonial writing workshop will give pre‐selected survivors of sexual or domestic violence or human trafficking a creative and safe environment to develop their own work of poetry, short fiction, or prose.

Participants will showcase their work in a unique format in order to impact the community through individual testimony. This event is held each fall on the Mount Mary University Campus.  Hear about Untold Stories on WUWM's Lake Effect. 

Visit the Wisconsin Humanities Council website to read Rachel Monaco-Wilcox's reflective essay "Durable Goods".

For more information on this program, please contact Rachel Monaco-Wilcox, assistant professor and chair of Mount Mary's justice program, (414) 930-3551.

About the Guides

vip_spargo-clifton.jpgR. Clifton Spargo is the creator the "Stories We Tell" workshop.  He is the literary adviser for The Voices and Faces Project™. An award‐winning writer, Mr. Spargo is the author of the novel Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald and is an Arts Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.




vip_ream-anne.jpgAnne Ream, founder of The Voices and Faces Project™. Anne Ream is a Chicago-based writer and the founder of The Voices and Faces Project™.  Ms. Ream is nationally known for her innovative efforts to improve the lives of women and girls and her passion for changing the status quo through a series of creative, media driven initiatives.




 "…The only way we can challenge and change the way the world responds to sexual violence is to bring these stories to the attention of the public."   --Anne Ream, Chicago Tribune, December 4, 2011.

logo_wihumanitiescouncil.pngFunded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.