The Storytelling Certificate Program

Offered in partnership with Metropolitan Community CollegeThe Storytelling Certificate Program will help you create and share your stories; whether contemporary or historical, real or imagined. Free courses taught by practicing professionals will help you grow your stories from a spark of inspiration into a polished, marketable product. Currently, you can earn a Storytelling Certificate in written or oral storytelling. This program is made possible through funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Upon completing the Certificate Program, you should be able to:

  • Describe different forms and styles of written or oral storytelling.  

  • Understand and apply core concepts, skills, and techniques necessary to create, edit, and publish or perform an original story.

  • Compare and evaluate various publication and performance models and opportunities.

  • Define and develop strategies for cultivating a particular brand.

  • Understand how basic business concepts and tools apply to professional writing and storytelling.

  • Cultivate opportunities and identify resources for continued learning.

  • Engage in a community of storytellers.

Oral Storytelling Certificate Requirements:



  • Storycrafting Fundamentals

  • Resources for Storytellers

  • Introduction to Storytelling Varieties 


  • Starting to Tell Stories

  • Performance Basics

  • Performance Showcase and Masterclass: 

  • Story Swap! (attend twice)

  • Storytelling Elective


  • Marketing for Storytellers

  • Copyright Basics

  • Storytelling as a Business

  • Performance Options & Opportunities 

Capstone–Participants will perform a 5-7-minute original story at the Storytelling Certificate Celebration

The Capstone for the Oral Storytelling Certificate must be a 5-7-minute story to be performed at the Storytelling Certificate Celebration. We encourage students to work on their Capstone throughout the duration of the program. Once a student completes the program, they also have the opportunity to have their performance recorded and included in the listening station.

Additional Requirements

  • Participants will write a 500-word essay on what they hope to gain from the certificate program

  • Participants will write a 500-word review of a book from The Story Center Collection

  • Participants will write a 500-word exit essay on what they gained from the certificate program

Please direct all submissions to the Story Center Program Manager, Shannon Thompson at or 816.883.4780.

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