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.

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 15th July, 10.30 - 12.30

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2 - Putting Stories to Work

This workshop will put these storytelling skills to work and guide you through a number of exercises focussing on the arts of clarity, summary and metaphor. You will develop and practice your own one-minute pitches as well as explore the ethics and responsibilities of good storytelling.

 

By the end of the session, you should have gained an understanding of how good storytelling can be a tool of empowerment for both yourselves and for others. 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.

Monday 20th July, 10.30 - 12.30

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