Deadline: 19 April 2023
The Moth Global Community Program Personal Storytelling Workshop June 2023
The Moth, the internationally-acclaimed organization dedicated to the art and craft of personal stories told live, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will conduct a storytelling workshop 17 – 19 June, 2023 to explore personal stories of the impact of hunger and the battle to end it, and to develop the storytelling skills of the food producers, activists, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners who have devoted themselves to defeating hunger and malnutrition.
Through its Global Community Program, The Moth works closely with individuals around the world – elevating stories that highlight world issues, dissolve stereotypes, and bridge social divides. Guided by Moth instructors, workshop participants shape selected life experiences into well-crafted stories, which may then be presented to peers and to the world at large.
This opportunity is ideal for people interested in strengthening their presentation skills, and who have a passion for the role that storytelling can play in creating social impact. This intensive workshop will last two and a half days and will be available to a total of 12 participants. There is no cost to participate; accommodation, travel, and meals will be provided. Please note we are able to offer these workshops only in English at this time.
The schedule is as follows:
Friday, 16 June – Arrival Day Saturday, 17 June –
Workshop Day 1: Storytelling instruction and exercises Sunday, 18 June –
Workshop Day 2: Small group work and story run through Monday, 19 June –
Workshop Day 3: Final Share and Storytelling for Advocacy Tuesday, 20 June – Departure Day
If you are chosen to participate, you will:
- be introduced to principles of personal narrative developed by The Moth through its work with thousands of storytellers;
- identify one personal story to develop; and
- receive one-on-one coaching to help craft your five-minute story.
Each workshop concludes with a Storytelling for Advocacy session, in which participants learn ways to use and adapt their story for advocacy work.
Who should apply for this workshop:
Applications are welcome from anyone with a powerful personal story that sheds light on any of the many facets of food insecurity, and on the often-unseen work being done to defeat it. This may include – but is not limited to – those who have experienced hunger or malnutrition in any of their many forms, farmers and livestock-keepers who help feed their communities, researchers and data-wranglers whose work focuses on using data and evidence to end hunger, and all those who have dedicated their lives to finding and advocating for solutions.
Applications are also welcome from those with stories about the impact of climate change and how it forces families to make trade-offs that affect their food security, nutrition and dietary health.
Essentially, if you have a passion for storytelling and a personal experieince that you can share to make a difference, we invite you to apply.