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Introduction to Narrative Practice
 & Living Stories- A Foundation Course

April 22nd 2013 at The Writers Center, Bethesda MD.

Instructors: Paul Costello and Faculty

This workshop is a great starting point for those who wish to use story more effectively in their work. Designed with interactivity in mind, participants will practice exploring stories.  Discover for yourself how stories shape us and how to shape the stories. This program begins the exploration of how story works and how to work stories.

We live in a sea of stories – from the media, politics, religion, education, and our families and colleagues. Living amidst this wealth does not mean that we understand how these stories work. No one can live legitimately within one story. The stories we tell define our culture. The program explores our ethical responsibility around the stories we choose to tell.

Developed independently, the Center’s approach mirrors much of the philosophy that has guided Appreciative Inquiry for so long and offers another avenue of understanding social constructionism at work and how AI and narrative work together.

Many audiences will find value here

Our sessions have attracted leaders, organizational development specialists, therapists, communications professionals, human resource executives and professionals, teachers, clergy, thought leaders, and the insatiably curious.

Introduction: Living Stories (one day)

This workshop has been designed to assist the participant in learning tools

  1. to introduce ‘Living Stories’ as a method for soliciting the most powerful stories within a group or an organization.
  2. To introduce a narrative understanding of how story works and how to work story
  1. to explore how patterns of story over time effect performance within an organization
  1. to identify ways in which Living Stories can be used in organizational settings

This workshop presents the Living Stories process, a tool for eliciting stories and beginning the exploration of meaning.

During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to practice technique, join in discussion, and explore lessons individually and in groups. After the workshop, the participants are invited to come to the web site of the Center for Narrative Studies (www.storywise.com) to receive on-going insights and results of new research.


8:30 to 9:00  Final registrations and coffee/tea

9:00 to 10:00  Opening exercises

10:00 to 10:15  Break

10:15 to 12:30  Living Stories process and practice

12:30 to 1:30  Lunch

1:30 to 3:30  Using Story in Organizational Settings

3:30 to 3:45  Break

3:45 to 4:30  Integrating Living Stories into organizational work

4:30 to 5:00  Closing and Evaluation

Sponsored by The Center for Narrative Studies

For information and registration

contact paul@storywise.com  call 240 476 1123