Bale is a collaborative, living annotated bibliography and a collective gathering of resources in narrative and storywork. This project is open-source, and we encourage a wide range of users from students to scholars to folks simply interested in these topics. Please use the search options on your right or the category links below to see what our community is developing.

You are invited to join as a contributor, respondent, or category facilitator. Through these roles, you can create annotations, add to discourse around them, and help organize them into useful groups and networks. These efforts will result in an expansive map of narrative and storywork resources. In support of WAC’s mission to provide barrier-free access to scholarly work, Bale strives to “encourage greater representation across cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints” and “foster transparency and openness throughout the publishing cycle” by facilitating broad participation in the organizing and knowledge-building of the project (see the WAC Clearinghouse Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice).

Bale draws from the innovative digital work showcased by digital spaces and publications such as the Clearinghouse's CompPile database. As it continues to grow, Bale endeavors to map potentially thousands of resources relevant to the use of story, storytelling, and narrative in the breadth of academic work. See our About pages to learn more.

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Resources and scholarship by Indigenous authors written for sharing broadly with writers, teachers, and researchers interested in learning more and perhaps applying these methods in their own activities. Sources found here can be used by people of many different cultures and backgrounds, but always must be considered deeply, with respect, reciprocity, and relational accountability.
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Patricia A. Sullivan calls for feminist scholars to continue “seeking to create the conditions and circumstances whereby voices, stories, and discourses too long silent in the academy can be heard” (58). In and beyond the academy, storytelling is a critical feminist practice that allows for meaning-making, reflection, amplification, community building, and more.
Featured Facilitator
April Conway

Photo of April ConwayAfter growing up in Tucson, I eventually landed in the Midwest where I earned a PhD in English with a Rhetoric and Writing specialization. I now teach graduate and undergraduate students through the Sweetland Center for Writing at the University of Michigan.

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    We welcome you to read our brief outline of roles, to learn more about how to begin contributing to Bale, and to share our invitation and calls for participation with anyone you think may be interested.

    The project is grounded in anti-racist practices and extends the breadth of writing studies scholarship in innovative ways. Learn more about how to contribute to Bale, and read our calls for participation.

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