Humans are wired for story. Stories help us make sense of the world, and we remember them better than we do facts and data. If you’ve ever been captivated by a great story, and wondered how you might tell one yourself, this course is for you.
Through a variety of engaging and practical exercises, learn how to write effective stories that capture the hearts of any audience. Topics include the art and science of storytelling, structures to help make your stories flow, as well as tips and tricks for ensuring that you’re delivering your stories with maximum clarity and impact.
Come away with a powerful storytelling toolbox you can use for your blog, memoir, marketing or business communications, and even for speeches, meetings or family gatherings.
Week 1: Why Stories Matter and How They Work
Week 2: Story Structures (Forms, Not Formulas)
Week 3: Finding and Shaping Your Material
Week 4: How to Learn from Contemporary and Classic Stories
Week 5: Tips and Tactics for Taking Your Work to the Next Level
Week 6: Workshopping Your Stories
How am I Assessed?
There are no formal grades for this course. You’re given assignments to complete, and you receive individualized feedback from your instructor. This is an active, hands-on course, and you’re encouraged to use your own material to apply your learning. However, you don’t need to have a story in mind, or a project underway. Structured, progressive assignments guide you through the storytelling process.
You should allow two to three hours per week to complete readings, discussion posts and your assignments.
You’ll need access to an email account, a computer, laptop or tablet with an up-to-date web browser, and a reliable internet connection.
There are no textbooks for this course.
This course is 100% online and instructor supported. Every week, your instructor releases a new lesson that includes materials such as class notes, articles, readings and resources, as well as your assignment for the week.
Discuss assignments and receive feedback during optional weekly live Zoom sessions, which take place Wednesdays 6–7pm Pacific Time.
Online materials will be available for three weeks after the course ends, after which time you will no longer be able to access the course.