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Lister Family Engaged Science Storytelling Workshops

"Recent breakthroughs in neuroscience reveal that our brain is hardwired to respond to story; the pleasure we derive from a tale well told is nature's way of seducing us into paying attention to it." -Lisa Cron, Wired for Story










In October 2017, four consecutive interactive storytelling workshops were held with Matt Goldberg, founder of Confabulation

What does storytelling have to do with science?

As an art form, oral-tradition storytelling is among the oldest forms of human expression. However, as it feels like something we all can do, we rarely think of it as an art – as a skill to work on. Sure, we tell stories casually, at parties, among family members or at work -- but storytelling can be a much deeper, more powerful art form. We all feel that it is something we can instinctively just do. With practice and preparation, this art form can be so much more.

Storytelling is a transferable skill-set which can help researchers to express and explain complicated or personal ideas. As academics, it can help us attract funding, and to engage with students. It helps us defend our ideas, by helping us to develop our presentation skills, giving us a space to be both professional and human. Storytelling is a way to share the ideas that are most important to us, in a medium that is both accessible, and enjoyable for both the teller and the audience. Using analogy and narrative as a way to get people to understand an idea is an excellent way to make a resonant point. This has been an issue with key ideas of our time – from evolution to climate change, scientific truth needs advocates who can speak in a common, personal language.

The goal of this workshop series is to help you learn to tell your story -- to tell the world about your interest, your passion, your work. One good story can do more than you think. This workshop will help you learn how.

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