Storytelling for Social Scientists

These 2 workshops explore how storytelling and narrative skills can play a transformative role in communicating your research, and give you the opportunity to craft and develop effective research stories and pitches of your own.

The sessions are led by narrative coach Robert Holtom (The Guardian, Our World 2.0, openDemocracy, playwright & short story writer).


1 - Introduction to Storytelling

This first workshop will introduce three key ingredients of a great story – character, plot and texture – and guide you through crafting and sharing your own short, oral stories, for which you will receive supportive and constructive feedback. An interactive workshop, participants are guided through building a short, oral story to explore the benefits of particular narrative tools. This workshop builds creativity, confidence and communication skills.

By the end of the session, you will gain an improved ability to use creative communication skills in relation to your own work – specifically for audiences beyond academia, but also within grant applications, meetings, presentations, and other areas of academic life.

Wednesday 30th June, 2pm - 4pm

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2 - Putting Stories to Work

This workshop will build on Introduction to Storytelling to introduces new elements of great storytelling including metaphor, clarity and message. Participants will be able to start to apply their storytelling skills to their personal research story, through interactive support with other participants. By the end of the session, you will have gained an understanding of how good storytelling can be a tool of empowerment – both for researchers and for the people that researchers engage with.

You may book this workshop without having attended the first session, but if you need an introduction to storytelling concepts, or would like to reflect on storytelling techniques, you should attend both sessions.

Thursday 1st July, 2pm - 4pm

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