Boost Your Storytelling Skills this Spring at Vermont Story Lab

Don’t miss these how-to workshops in video/digital production offered by our friends at RETN & Vermont Folklife Center

 

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Vermont Story Lab will host three skill-building workshops for nonprofit storytellers this June, in Middlebury, Burlington, and Brattleboro, VT.

The interactive labs are designed for nonprofits and individuals looking to develop and improve their print, video and digital storytelling capabilities, and are facilitated by experienced nonprofit leaders from across the state. The half-day sessions will focus on how effective storytelling can strengthen a nonprofit organization’s marketing, communications, fundraising, media, and outreach efforts. Professionals from all fields are welcome, including staff from small, grassroots, rural nonprofits and organizations serving diverse populations. Participants must register in advance.

MIDDLEBURY WORKSHOP: Friday, June 2, 2017
Minimal Resource Filmmaking – Learn to create short videos using technology you already have, such as mobile phones and iPods. Join Mary Rizos, of the Vermont Folklife Center, for an introduction to ethnography as a powerful tool in the documentation of voices, histories and community stories.

Cost: $35
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Location: Vermont Folklife Center
88 Main Street, Middlebury, VT
Register

• BURLINGTON WORKSHOP: Monday, June 12, 2017
Top Tips for Digital Media Outreach – Get started telling your organization’s story online and via video. Learn strategies for reaching your audience and explore digital media tools that elevate and amplify your story. RETN’s Gin Ferrara and Ross Ransom will share great examples and provide a basic toolkit for getting underway.

Cost: $35
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Location: RETN – Burlington Media Factory
208 Flynn Avenue, Burlington, VT
Register

• BRATTLEBORO WORKSHOP: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Storytelling Strategies That Move People to Donate – Learn to tailor your mission-driven stories to funders, grantors, businesses, and individual donors. Marybeth Christie Redmond, journalist and former director of development and communications at Vermont Works for Women, will share effective storytelling examples designed for these diverse audiences.

Cost: $35
Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Location: Marlboro College Graduate Center (Room 2C)
28 Vernon Street, Brattleboro, VT
Register

“With the expanding number of voices in mobile, online and social media spheres, it has become essential to convey one’s message and mission more effectively than ever,” said Meg Campbell, founding partner, Vermont Story Lab (and communications director, Preservation Trust of Vermont). “We are delighted to have nonprofit colleagues committed to share their deep knowledge with the wider community.”

 

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Vermont Story Lab, generously supported by a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation, was formed in 2016. We are a network of nonprofits and individuals with a common goal: to weave storytelling through the fabric of nonprofit organizations to expand our reach and
impact. We are both experts and apprentices to each other, and place a high value on peer-to-peer learning with lots of experimentation.
We host small labs to provide opportunities to immerse oneself in the art of storytelling, learn new tools and apps, write pitches and fundraising appeals, or delve into the ever-changing world of video production. Once a year, we host a big Vermont Story Lab event — a gathering of nonprofits and individuals from across the state for a day of networking, sharing storytelling techniques and resources, and some skill-building time. Through our website, vermontstorylab.org, we offer details on our upcoming events, information on new tools and
trends we find cool, and generous encouragement to use story to create deep change in our communities.

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