Have you ever been captivated by a great story, and wondered how you might tell one yourself? Would your writing be better—more alive, more inspiring—if you knew how to find the right material and shape it with the right tools?
Through a variety of engaging and practical exercises, learn how to write effective stories that move any audience. Topics include the art and science behind 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.
Whether you’re telling stories at work or at home, on paper or in person, at a family gathering or at a board meeting, by the end of the course you’ll be able to use this essential writing skill to create all kinds of compelling stories that capture hearts and minds.
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
Assessment and Grading
There are no formal grades for this course. You’re given assignments to complete, and you receive individualized feedback from your instructor.
You should allow two to three hours per week to complete readings, discussion posts and your assignment. As the adage goes, you get out what you put in!
This course is 100% online and instructor supported with real-time classes. 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.
Receive feedback and discuss assignments during weekly live Zoom sessions, which take place Wednesdays 6–7pm Pacific Time. These sessions are recorded so you can view them later.
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.