Consortium for Digital Learning

Preparing Alaska’s Students for Success in the Global Economy

Talk Story, Write Story


Talk Story, Write Story guides teachers through personal writing so they can teach students to showcase their heritage, personalities and goals in essays that earn college admittance and scholarships. Talk Story, Write Story’s legacy is a writing template that strengthens teachers’ and students’ lifelong ability to overcome obstacles through self-examination and creative expression.

In an intensive four-day creative writing workshop, teachers trade places to become students. They write personal life experiences and participate in positive collective critiques. The goal is for teachers to transfer knowledge gained in the workshop to their students. Tad and Dean continue their professional support of teachers through an ever expanding digital learning network.

More than 200 high school students have participated in the Talk Story, Write Story program In Hawaii in the past 17 years. Nine students have earned Gates Millennium Scholarships worth 10 years of free higher education at colleges of their choice. Talk Story, Write Story has helped students win financial awards worth nearly $5 million to attend more than 40 colleges and universities.

Alaska Seniors who have applied for 2014 Gates Millenium Scholarships as a result of the 2013 Talk Story Write Story workshops and ongoing support:

  • Alexis Wagner, Metlakatla (Kathy Anderson, English Teacher)
  • Kyla Fermoyle, Chevak (Jeanne Campbell, Resource Director)
  • Mary Pingayak, Chevak (Jeanne Campbell, Resource Director)
  • Martina Brown, Ketchikan (Robert McClory and Natasha O’Brien, Counselors)

Learn about upcoming Talk Story, Write Story workshops in Alaska HERE.

Talk Story, Write Story – What Alaskans say: