People looking to further their education in storytelling can now do so through Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods’ storytelling certificate program. The program, offered in conjunction with Mid-Continent Public Library’s Story Center, is made possible by funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
The program is available to writers and storytellers of all skill levels. A certificate in Written Storycrafting is available currently. Next February, a certificate in Oral Storytelling will also be available.
Participants have the option to choose an emphasis area within each study track. Written Storycrafting students may choose “Fiction — Traditional Publishing,” for example.
The storytelling certificate requires participation in 18 workshops. Some workshops will be offered online via mymcpl.org, while others will be offered in person at the Woodneath Library Center near Liberty. The certificate may take a year or more to earn, depending on the student’s pace. All progress will be tracked by MCC-Maple Woods.
“This partnership with Mid-Continent Public Library gives us the perfect opportunity to help grow storytellers,” said Mindy Johnson Pettegrew, associate dean of student development at MCC-Maple Woods. “It will be exciting to grow the work we’ve done with the Kansas City Storytelling Celebration into a more academic arena.”
The Maple Woods campus presents the Storytelling Celebration at locations around the city each fall.
A prerequisite course is required to start the storytelling certificate program. To learn more, visit mystorycenter.org.