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It’s community building, it’s networking, it’s spiritual growth. It’s one of the best programs I have ever done.

Liz Munoz, Oakland, CA
I learned my story matters which has given me confidence and bravery in my personal and professional life.
Robbie Goldman, Denver, CO
Not only will you become a better storyteller, you will learn how to use story as a great democratizing force within your community.
Fumiaki Tosu, Portland, OR
The Certificate in Community Storytelling provides practical tools that draw individuals and communities together in meaningful and healing ways.
Shannon Savage-Howe Thousand Oaks, CA

Certificate in Community Storytelling: Online Cohort

OCTOBER 20-25, 2024

The Certificate in Community Storytelling is for anyone interested in learning how to use the power of personal storytelling to heal, enrich, and mobilize communities for good. Participants will improve their storytelling skills while learning how to build and strengthen community within a transformative, collaborative, and supportive learning environment.

This six-month program includes a online intensive, October 20-25, 2024. This participatory intensive will involve lecture, small group sharing, and group discussion. In addition to the intensive training, participants will receive three online workshops, a closing project presentation day in April 2025, and monthly group office hours w/Mark Yaconelli to troubleshoot questions, ideas and concerns in the course of your project development.

Participants will be given supplemental reading, handouts, and video links to support the online work, and will be required to design and complete a community storytelling project to receive their certificate.

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 healing, 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.

Want to hear from past participants? Click here!

Read about past projects of our grads here!

Registration is limited to twenty-five participants.

This training is held on Zoom, please make sure you are familiar with this platform before we begin.


Opening intensive:

    • Sunday, October 20th: 2-5pm PST
    • Monday-Thursday 9-5pm PST (w/two hour lunch break from 12-2pm)
    • Friday, October 25th: 9-12pm PST

      Online Workshops:
      November, January, March (exact date and time TBD)
      Monthly Group Office Hours with Mark Yaconelli (exact date and time TBD)

      Closing Project Presentations:

      April 2025 (exact date TBD)
  • Full Tuition: $1350
  • Deposit: $250
Additional Information:
To Pay Your Balance:

If you are already registered and wish to make your final payment, please click on the link below to pay with PayPal or a credit card (checkout as Guest):