We’re excited to bring the Facing Project to our Pontiac and Oakland University communities!
About The Oakland University Facing Project
Stories are powerful. Sharing our stories with others empowers us, connects us, and teaches others about our lived experiences.
That’s why in 2017, The Oakland University Facing Project was formed to connect the Pontiac community and OU students and faculty through sharing stories.
Over the past year, Oakland University writing students have captured stories about the past, present, and future of Pontiac from community members, aw well as both current and former Pontiac residents. The stories gathered were written in the storyteller’s unique voices. The stories will be compiled in ebooks, which will be made freely available to the community.
For the current year, The Oakland University Facing Project will be capturing personal stories about resilience.
About The Facing Project
The Facing Project is a community storytelling project founded by J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman in Muncie, Indiana that connects people through stories to strengthen community. You can learn more about the nationwide project at www.facingproject.com.
Here’s how it works:
Writers in our community are matched with someone facing the issue we’ve selected–aka the storyteller. This could be someone facing the issue, a relative of someone facing the issue, a teacher, a therapist, a counselor, or anyone with a personal story to share involving the topic. The writer will meet with the storyteller and then write a story as if they are them, writing in the first person. We’ll work with our community partners to collect these stories and facilitate the relationship between writers and storytellers.