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Storytelling Certificate Program

The Story Center’s Storytelling Certificate Program is a continuing education series for storytellers of all mediums. This program is offered through Mid-Continent Public Library’s Story Center in partnership with MCC—Maple Woods. It has been made possible by funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

There are three study tracks for which participants can earn a Storytelling Certificate:

  • Written Storycrafting: Courses begin in August 2017
  • Oral Storytelling: Courses available starting in February 2018
  • Digital Storymaking: Courses available starting in August 2018

Each study track requires students to complete a total of 18 workshops in order to earn their Storytelling Certificate. Some workshops will be offered online via Online Learning through mymcpl.org, while all others will be offered in person at the Woodneath Library Center. Progress in the Storytelling Certificate Program will be tracked by MCC—Maple Woods, and students can contact Maple Woods to get information regarding their transcript.

Earning a Storytelling Certificate can take anywhere from a year or more, depending on an individual student’s pace. There is no time limit by which students must complete all their workshops to earn the certificate. Within each study track (written, oral, or digital), participants will have the option to choose an emphasis areas. For example, Written Storycrafting students may choose “Fiction – Traditional Publishing” as their area of emphasis.

In order to start the Storytelling Certificate Program, all participants must attend a prerequisite course. The prerequisite course for Written Storycrafting during the fall semester is Readings for Writers and will be held at the Woodneath Library Center on Wednesday, August 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday, September 17 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Storytelling Certificate Program FAQs:

The certificate was designed for adult and teen participants, with workshops scheduled at night and on weekends for convenience. The program is open to those in the MCPL service area and beyond. Participants do not have to be MCPL cardholders.

Participants will benefit from personal growth and learning, as well as by developing real world skills applicable to a number of fields. In addition, there is a plethora of community and networking opportunities. This program will offer many opportunities for sharing and feedback. Online badges mark progression through the coursework, and upon completion, storytellers will receive continuing education units as well as incentives such as the opportunity to attend a local vendor fair, showcasing opportunities, mentorship, and publishing.

Absolutely. These workshops may be taken à la carte or in pursuit of a certificate.

This program does not provide college credit. Participants will earn up to three digital badges as they progress and will be awarded continuing education units at the end, upon completion. The number of continuing education units will vary, depending on how many hours are spent in the program.

While someone could complete the program in a year, most participants will take a little longer to complete the required 18 workshops. The good news is that you can take as long as you need on the certification process, as there is no deadline for completion.

There is no cost to attend programs or receive the certificate.

Those seeking certification must attend the prerequisite Readings for Writers workshop on August 9 at 6:30 p.m. or on September 17 at 1:30 p.m. The prerequisites for the oral and digital tracks will be announced soon, so make sure to check back or follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with certification news!

Aside from the prerequisite as the starting point for your certification process, courses can be taken in any order at your convenience.

Storytellers choose to participate in one of three tracks: Written Storycrafting, Oral Storytelling, or Digital Storymaking. They then further narrow their field of study into a specialty. For example, within the Written Storytelling track, participants will choose whether they would prefer to write fiction or nonfiction and whether they plan to pursue traditional publishing or self-publishing. These selections will determine a participant’s emphasis area.

For more information on what’s available for prior credit, please contact Story Center Program Manager Melissa Stan at mstan@mymcpl.org or by calling 816.883.4900.

Our facilitators include publishers, agents, writers, and tellers. We select working professionals that are known as experts in their field—whether that is a New York Times bestselling author or a nationally celebrated performer.

Participants will create original content throughout the program. For more information, please contact the Story Center Program Manager at mstan@mymcpl.org or by calling 816.883.4900.

At the close of the prerequisite class, details for continuing the Storytelling Certificate Program will be available. For more information, please contact the Story Center Program Manager at mstan@mymcpl.org or by calling 816.883.4900.

Information pertaining to our workshops can be found online, on The Story Center Facebook page, the Library’s Beyond the Books quarterly publication, or in The Story Center Access Guide, which is located at most Mid-Continent Public Library branches, including the Woodneath Library Center.

You can call, sign up in person, or visit the website.

For more information about the Storytelling Certificate Program, email wn@mymcpl.org or call 816.883.4900 and ask to speak with a Story Center staff member.

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