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Storytelling Certification Program

Offered in partnership with Metropolitan Community College and Mid-Continent Public Library, The Storytelling Certification Program wants to help you tell your stories; whether contemporary or historical, real or imagined. Free courses taught by practicing professionals will help you grow your stories from a spark of inspiration into a polished, marketable product. Currently, you can earn Storytelling Certification in written or oral storytelling. In the future, you will be able to earn a certificate in digital storytelling. This program is made possible through funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Upon completing the Certification Program, you should be able to:

  • Describe different forms and styles of written or oral storytelling.  
  • Understand and apply core concepts, skills, and techniques necessary to create, edit, and publish or perform an original story.
  • Compare and evaluate various publication and performance models and opportunities.
  • Define and develop strategies for cultivating a particular brand.
  • Understand how basic business concepts and tools apply to professional writing and storytelling.
  • Cultivate opportunities and identify resources for continued learning.
  • Engage in a community of storytellers.

 

Written Storytelling Certification Requirements

Creation

  • Storycrafting Fundamentals
  • Readings for Writers
  • Getting Started on a Writing Project

Development

  • Genre Safari
  • Intensive Editing Masterclass
    • 1,000 words original writing must be submitted prior to this workshop
  • Peer Critique Group Attendance (attend 2 sessions)

Business

  • Effective Branding for Authors and Storytellers
  • Social Media and Marketing
  • The Business of Writing and Authorship
  • Copyright Basics
  • Choose one:
    • Introduction to Traditional Publishing
    • Introduction to Self-Publishing
  • Publishing Panel: Traditional, Self, and Hybrid Publishing
  • Capstone Project

Additional Requirements

  • Participants will write a 500 word essay on what they hope to gain from certification
  • Participants will write a 500 word book review on a book on the craft of writing
  • Participants will write 1000 words original content to be edited in Editing Masterclass
  • Participants will write 2000 words original content for a Capstone Project to be published by The Story Center
  • Participants will write a 500 word exit essay on their certification journey

Please direct all submissions to the Story Center Program Manager Melissa Stan at mstan@mymcpl.org.

Written Storytelling Certificate Programs

Oral Storytelling Certification Requirements

Creation

  • Storycrafting Fundamentals
  • Telling for Tellers

Development

  • Choose one:
    • Introduction to Personal Storytelling
    • Introduction to Organizational Storytelling
    • Introduction to Traditional Storytelling
  • Performance Basics
  • Performance Showcase and Masterclass
  • Story Slam Participation (participate in 2 sessions)

Business

  • Effective Branding for Authors and Storytellers
  • Social Media and Marketing
  • Copyright Basics
  • Storytelling as a Business
  • Capstone Showcase

Additional Requirements

  • Participants will write a 500 word essay on what they hope to gain from certification
  • Participants will write a 500 word review of a book on the craft of storytelling
  • Participants will perform a 5-7 minute original story to be workshopped at the Performance Masterclass
  • Participants will perform a 5-7 minute original story for the Capstone Showcase
  • Participants will write a 500 word exit essay about their certification journey

Please direct all submissions to the Story Center Program Manager Melissa Stan at mstan@mymcpl.org.

Oral Storytelling Certificate Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from going through The Storytelling Certification?

  • Interaction with storytellers from different mediums
  • Workshops taught by experts covering storycrafting basics all the way to creating a business plan
  • Opportunities for showcasing
  • Capstone project

Why did the Storytelling Certification change?

We’ve listened to your feedback and have developed a certification that combines the same great content from experts with more time to hone your skills and interact with your peers! Work through the required workshops in either the Written or Oral Storytelling program and debut your final project to a live audience.

What if I’ve already taken classes towards the old system?

You’re well on your way to completing your certificate and you’ll be recognized as a trailblazer

How long will it take me to complete the certificate?

Workshops are offered on a rotating, quarterly basis. Determined individuals can complete requirements in a year.

Can I still attend workshops if I don’t want to complete Certification?

Absolutely! All workshops are free and open to anyone to attend.

Do I have to take workshops in order?

While we strongly encourage participants to go through certification in order to get the most benefit, workshops can be taken in any order.

How much does it cost to participate?

There is no cost to participate or to receive a certificate!

Who teaches the workshops?

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.

How do I sign up for The Storytelling Certification?

When you attend a Certification qualifying workshop, let the Story Center representative know that you are interested in participating in certification and he or she will provide the necessary information!

How do I reserve my spot for workshops?

Each quarter, new certification workshops are made available for registration. 

Oral Storytelling Certificate Programs

Written Storytelling Certificate Programs

For more information about The Storytelling Certificate Program, please contact Story Center Program Manager Melissa Stan at mstan@mymcpl.org or by calling 816.883.4774.

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