Public Narrative trainings

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

NOV. 6, 2019
This is the bedrock of our curriculum — indeed, it’s the bedrock of any communication strategy: Tell your audience a good story. But how do you identify what strategy, medium and message will be most effective? This hands-on, highly interactive workshop will help you find fresh ways of connecting with your audience. Register NOW!

NOV. 20, 2019
Whether it’s an unexpected opportunity or an unwanted crisis, are you ready to respond to the media? Craft your elevator speech, and learn how to stay in control and on message in this workshop — all while looking at ease. Register NOW!

JAN. 29, 2020
Sure, your organization is on social media. But is it the powerful communications tool you need it to be? In this training, we’ll teach you tools and strategies to bring your social media presence to the next level and move your mission forward. Register NOW!

FEB. 5, 2020
Do you know how Google decides what shows up at the top of search results? How do you measure your success online? In this introductory training, we’ll teach you how to use Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Google Analytics — a powerful tool to measure your website’s traffic — to build your success online. Register NOW!

FEB. 19 & 26, & MAR. 4, 11 & 18, 2020
This is an intensive and interactive five-part class. Do you know how to pitch a story to the media? Can you present context about your work and your issue? You’ll learn what the media looks for in a story, get the tools you need, and actually make your pitch to several journalists one-on-one. Participating members of the media have no obligation to write a story, but will tell you what works and what doesn’t. Register NOW!

Email us at if you gather 8 or more attendees from your organization for a workshop and want Public Narrative to come teach on site.


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.
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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.
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