Public Narrative Trainings

Public Narrative provides trainings for community organizations, nonprofit professionals and journalists in Chicago and the surrounding regions. 


Feb 21 & 28

Facebook: Tools and Strategy

Yes, you post on Facebook but do you have your pixel installed? Are you verified? And are you on Business Manager? Let us help you build the basic tools on Facebook to grab the attention of some of the 2 billion people on the platform. In the first session, we will set you up and in the second, push the most important skill you can have on social media — engagement.  This workshop is 2 half-days. For more information and to register click here.  

Mar 7

Social media analytics

You may be crushing the social media game with followers and likes, but what about your engagement? And exactly who is following you? Is it the people who need to hear your message? Let’s look at your numbers. Without evaluating your numbers, there really isn’t much of a point in being on social media. We’ll help you set goals, and decide on a direction, as well as review some of the tools that can help you. For more information and to register click here.  

Mar 14 & 21


Whether it’s an unexpected opportunity or an unwanted crisis, are you ready to respond to the media? Learn the tricks of how to stay in control and on point with your message in this two-part workshop. We’ll teach you techniques as well as tips on what to wear, how to dress and what to do with your hands — all while looking like you’re at ease. This workshop is 2 half-days. For more information and to register click here.  

Mar 28

Becoming a thought leader

Maybe you don’t know it yet, but you are a thought leader. If you are running a nonprofit, you are already an expert on so many things. But how can you show the world and take your rightful place among your peers? Let us help you develop the messages and strategies for you to be recognized in your field. Investing in you will help grow your organization and its reputation.  For more information and to register click here.  

Apr 4 & 11

Digital storytelling

If you don’t tell your story digitally, will anybody hear it? Whether it’s audio slideshows, video or photos, more people take time for visuals. Let’s find new ways you can tell your story through video and photos.  This workshop is 2 half-days.  For more information and to register click here.    

May 9 & 16

Pitching the media


How come the media hasn’t covered your organization yet? Do you know how to pitch a story? Do you have a news peg? Can you quantify your work? Do you have the context of your issue?  In the first session, we will help you organize, set up a pitch and practice it. In the second, we’ll have you pitch a panel of journalists. None of them have any obligation to write a story, but they will tell you what works and what doesn’t. This workshop is 2 half-days. For more information and to register click here.



Would your organization like to discuss the media and our democracy?

Public Narrative will lead an interactive discussion about fake news, social media and how you can tell the difference. Click here for our brochure. News Literacy flyer

About Custom Training

In addition to our regularly scheduled trainings, Public Narrative offers a flexible and diverse range of custom trainings to nonprofits, news organizations, and individuals. All our custom training is designed to meet your organization's specific needs. Click here to download a brochure with more information about custom training.

Past Clients:

Girl Scouts of AmericaHousing Forward, INN (Institute for Nonprofit News), the Morton Arboretum, Poynter InstituteStorycatchers Theatre, Univison, the Village of Niles, and many others.


To make our custom training a more affordable option for organizations of all sizes, we offer tiered pricing based on your budget. Rates include the session, call with client up to 2 hours, preparation of materials and a one hour follow up.   For rates, call our operations manager Maggie Walker at 312-369-6402.