Public Narrative Trainings

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

Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15 & 22

Professional Media Relations

Become your own publicist this year. This intensive training series of five, half-day sessions is designed specifically for nonprofit communicators to plan media campaigns around one of their own stories, while learning basic public relations skills. The workshop will provide hands-on guidance and training, as attendees develop a story and pitch it to journalists. Register here.

Mar. 1


How do you make your blog stand out and position yourself as a thought leader? Learn to create an editorial calendar, hone your voice and develop a following on your blog. Register here.

Mar. 29

Leveraging your audience through Twitter

Twitter is a powerful online tool that can help your organization promote events, raise funds and design programming. This class will help you fold Twitter into your daily workflow and broader communications plan. Register Here.

Apr. 5 & 12

Spokesperson Training

When the media calls, will you be ready to interview like a professional? This two-part workshop will teach you how to stay on message and in control, while sharpening your stories to increase your organization’s visibility. Register here.

Apr. 26


Facebook is the most popular social media platform. It is also rapidly changing. Learn how your organization can use Facebook effectively to engage your audience. Register here.

May 3 & 10

Digital Storytelling

If you don’t tell your story digitally, will anybody hear it? Whether it’s audio slide shows, video or photos, more people stop for visuals. This two-part training will help you find new ways to tell your story through video and photos. Register here.

May 17

Becoming a thought leader

You are a thought leader. If you are running a nonprofit, you’re already an expert on a variety of levels. But how can you show the world? Develop the right messages and strategies for you to be recognized in your field. Register here.


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.