Writing Well: Storytelling

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.

Course Overview
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.

Expected Effort 
You should allow two to three hours per week to complete readings, discussion posts and your assignments.  

Technology Requirements
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.

Textbooks
There are no textbooks for this course.

Course Format

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. 

Available Sessions

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May 24, 2022-Jul 4, 2022 | Online | $410.00

Format: Online, Instructor Supported
Code: WG104S22O
May 24, 2022-Jul 4, 2022
6 sessions

1nstructor: Arthur Thuot


Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$410.00 $20.50 $430.50

Jul 5, 2022-Aug 15, 2022 | Online | $410.00

Format: Online, Instructor Supported
Code: WG104S22P
Jul 5, 2022-Aug 15, 2022
Optional Zoom session: Wednesdays 6:00 - 6:40 PM
6 sessions

1nstructor: Arthur Thuot


Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$410.00 $20.50 $430.50

Nov 1, 2022-Dec 9, 2022 | Online | $410.00

Format: Online, Instructor Supported
Code: WG104F22O
Nov 1, 2022-Dec 9, 2022
Optional Zoom session: Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:00 PM
6 sessions

1nstructor: Arthur Thuot


Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$410.00 $20.50 $430.50