Storytelling for Social Scientists

Please note: This event has had many sign-ups. Whilst we cannot accomodate more for this session, we will be running it again next year. We are exploring options to run the event again this year, though cannot confirm yet if that will go ahead.


Intended Audience: The intended audience for this workshop is Research Staff  and DPhil students from the Social Sciences Division. Due to limited space, Research Staff will take priority, with places for DPhil students being made available depending on space. 


Workshop 1: An Introduction to Storytelling (10.00-12.30)

Workshop 2: Putting Stories to Work (13.30-15.30)

You can join for both Workshop 1 and 2 or Workshop 2 only – please make it clear when booking which option you would like to attend.

Workshop 2 may be a more appropriate entry point for those who are confident with creative writing terms and who have some creative storytelling experience.


This two-part day explores 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 of your own. This brand-new session aimed is led by narrative coach Robert Holtom (The Guardian, Our World 2.0, openDemocracy, playwright & short story writer).

  • The first workshop will enable researchers to focus on the core elements of storytelling, find the key messages in their work, explore the benefits of creative methods, and build confidence in delivering a story.

  • The second workshop explores how social scientists can harness creative methods to create memorable stories and how they can square creativity with the ethics and responsibilities of storytelling. It will allow researchers to analyse examples of good practice, develop their own one-minute ptiches, and think about ways in which they can use disruptive power to best effect. 

By the end of the session, researchers should have gained an understanding of how good storytelling can be a tool of empowerment for both themselves and for others. They will gain an improved ability to use creative communication skills in relation to their own work – specifically for audiences beyond academia, but also within grant applications, meetings, presentations, and other areas of academic life.


Lunch is provided for those attending both Workshop 1 & 2 only.

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