Improve your storytelling skills while learning how to build and strengthen community within a transformative, collaborative, and supportive learning environment. The Hearth offers training in the Certificate in Community Storytelling for anyone interested in learning how to use the power of personal storytelling to heal, enrich, and mobilize communities for good.
The full program begins with a three-and-a-half-day online intensive April 21-24, 2021 and closes with another three-and-a-half-day intensive September 22-25, 2021. The intensives will involve lecture, small group sharing, and group discussion. Online sessions will be two to two and a half hours, held twice each day with breaks and movement in between. There will be advance work to prepare: suggested reading lists, simple exercises, and video links will be provided. During the workshops, participants will be given supplemental reading and video links to support the online work, with approximately 1-2 hours of additional reading/viewing each day.
Between the spring and fall workshops, participants seeking certification will gather monthly for online training, troubleshooting, and discussion. These participants will have the opportunity to design and complete a community storytelling project with individual coaching and mentorship by Hearth founder Mark Yaconelli and will receive 5 months of online group teaching (90 minute gatherings once a month) and 5 months of personal story coaching (one personal phone call/zoom meeting a month).
Individuals who complete the certification course will:
Understand how stories function in our personal and public lives
Learn how to create transformative events that deepen relationships within a local community or organization
Explore narrative practices that promote individual growth, social awareness, and community action
Learn how to create a variety of public story-sharing platforms that engender trust and vulnerability
Gain concrete skills for community storytelling including story recruitment, event promotion, audience building, public participation, media integration, and fundraising
Learn how to craft personal stories for speaking, teaching, and facilitation
Increase skills for coaching groups and individuals in personal storytelling
Discover methods for amplifying the voice of marginalized populations
Learn how to apply storytelling techniques within families, friendships, and other informal gatherings
The Certificate in Community Storytelling is ideal for nonprofit staff, social entrepreneurs, government officials, educators, parents, ministers, therapists, journalists, artists, social justice activists, and anyone seeking to strengthen families, local communities, or charitable organizations. Registration is limited to thirty-five participants.
Opening intensive: April 21-24, 2021
Interim teaching and coaching: April-September
Closing intensive: Sept 22-25, 2021
Full Certificate pricing: $1,290
It is possible to register for the initial Community Storytelling Intensive ONLY (April 21-24). Those who choose this option will receive the foundational training in community storytelling but will not be eligible for certification.