Storytelling 101

Our experience has led us to believe that with the right guidance and practice, anyone can learn how to tell a good story. Through training hundreds of scientists, we’ve developed a basic course that anyone can use to get started telling stories.

Together, these lessons will teach you the basics of the Massive Method of science storytelling, which we developed by working with hundreds of scientists in the last year. At the end of each lesson, you'll be given an exercise to complete. Each exercise will be posted to our member forums, which will serve as a gentle introduction to the community and as an opportunity to start receiving feedback. By the end of the course, you'll have pitched a story to Massive's editors—and by having learned our storytelling style through the course, your pitches are more likely to be accepted.

Our course teaches four basic lessons:

  1. What's in a Narrative
  2. Turning Research into Narratives
  3. Audience & Purpose
  4. How to Pitch

These introductory lessons aren’t meant to be exhaustive and the exercises are completely optional. But, they will dramatically improve your ability to recognize and tell stories by teaching you basic theories, putting those theories into practice, and providing you with chances for feedback. You'll learn more, meet people easier, and ramp up faster if you can complete the lessons. Plus, we've designed this course to fit around even the busiest schedules, requiring just an hour or so per week. So we recommend that you give it a try.

Storytelling 101 is available to all Consortium members—enroll today!