The Self-taught Version of the Course on Storytelling for Civil Society is online now!

We invite civil society organisations from the Eastern Partnership countries to engage with our self-taught version of the Course on Storytelling for Civil Society. This course will help you better communicate about your projects and engage more people by using storytelling techniques.

Who is the course for?

  • Civil society leaders / project leaders / communication managers working in civil society organisations from the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine);
  • Civil society activists and volunteers from the Eastern Partnership countries;
  • Social start-up leaders and social entrepreneurs, etc. from the Eastern Partnership countries.

What will I achieve by taking the course?

  • You will better understand why stories are the most powerful communication tool;
  • You will be able to convert some of your messages into powerful stories;
  • You will be able to successfully create and shape your own stories;
  • You will learn how to shift your audience’s perceptions about your messages;
  • You will know how to broadcast your stories more widely and convincingly.

 

 What will I learn about?

The course is divided into four different modules, taking you step by step from how you can ‘find’ your story to how you can refine it, produce it and broadcast it:

  • In Module 1 you will learn about the art of telling stories and will figure out what makes a “good story”. With this Module we will help you understand how your civil society organisation can use storytelling to increase its impact, how you can choose a topic for your story, what are the key elements of any successful story and who your target audience is.
  • Module 2 will help you build your story from the very beginning. You will go through all the essential stages of your story building, from planning to dissemination, and will learn which tools you can use for editing and fact-checking depending on the type of a story you choose.
  • Module 3 will focus on the digital formats used for stories. You will learn how to choose the right technologies, tools or platforms that will help you produce your digital story and bring it directly to your readers and users.
  • In Module 4 you will learn how to effectively broadcast and advertise your story.

 Who are the lecturers and tutors?

Our course brings together different experienced professionals and creatives from the region to share their knowledge and skills with you. You will hear from academic experts, professional copywriters, as well as video artists and producers.

Irina LEU, editor, copywriter, creator from Minsk, Belarus.

Irina has eight years of experience working with stories and text, creating advertising ideas, and slogans. She spent the past two years developing educational mobile apps and chatbots. Now she regularly works as trainer for NGOs on how to better present their work, how to say what you really want to say, and finally — how to create empowering stories that captivate and touch.

Inna KUROCHKINA, documentary film director, producer, interior designer (Tbilisi -Petersburg – Prague)

After having graduated from the University of Tbilisi, Inna worked on architectural projects all over the world. In 2010, she moved to Prague where she established the Marina Tsvetajeva Poetry Center and in 2015 she established NEP Prague production company. Since then, she worked on dozens of films, interviews, 3D animation programmes in collaboration with cultural activists, journalists and public figures. In April 2018 Inna produced 13 series documentary film Fake News about Kremlin propaganda.

Radmila SEGOL, university professor, online learning expert

Radmila has a Ph. D. in social communication studies and works as associated professor at the National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”. She is an online education and blended learning expert and has significant experience in story creation for the business and social sectors. Radmila worked as journalist and PR consultant for top-rated Ukrainian newspapers and magazines.

Andrii PARKHOMENKO, university lecturer, online learning expert

Andrii works as lecturer at the National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” and is an online education expert and lead technical expert for the massive open online courses platform “Prometheus”. He has experience and expertise in digital storytelling.

How can I join the course?

The course is available in English and Russian and is completely open to anyone interested to take it. Certificates are awarded automatically following the completion of the online tests integrated into the course.

To enroll:

  • Step 1: Go to the English platform or Russian platform
  • Step 2: Register at the platform.
  • Step 3: Log in.
  • Step 4: Select the course “Storytelling” from the list of the available courses.

 What else do I need to know?

Here are some key facts about our course:

Format: 1100% online: video lectures + practical exercises + forum discussions with other course participants.

Language: Russian with English subtitles

Duration: From the 3rd of March you can start the course anytime you like. Once you enroll, you will have 3 months to complete the course!

Weekly study: recommended 4 hours per week (for the core materials)

Extra benefit: Attendance certificate.

Sounds interesting? Enroll now for the English version course or the Russian language course!  

To enroll:

  • Step 1: Go to the English platform or Russian platform
  • Step 2: Register at the platform.
  • Step 3: Log in.
  • Step 4: Select the course “Storytelling” from the list of the available courses.

 

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