Storying the Self: Telling our Stories

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Ask for and give constructive feedback on your work, and consider venues for sharing your stories as both a leader and creator. In leadership contexts, this translates to authentic purpose, vision, and values. You’ll engage with a creative assignment with the intention of creating and polishing a story from your life that can be shared, reflecting on how stories evolve over time, through different media, and through retellings for and with different audiences.

What Will You Learn?

  • Ask for and receive feedback on our work.
  • Reflect on the ways narratives shift over time and evolving life experiences.
  • Be ready to share our stories publicly.

Course Content

Week 1: Welcome to the Course!
Many factors go into whether and how we share aspects of ourselves. This week we'll explore the concepts of a 'soft launch' and 'soft landing' that can encourage meaningful growth and risk-taking in the ways that will help you move forward in leadership and creative contexts. Learning Objectives Engage metacognition in thinking about supports for sharing stories publicly. Consider your purpose in sharing a story of your life.

  • 1.1 Welcome to Storying the Self!(video)
  • 1.2 Course Assessment
  • 1.3 Glossary of Identity Terms
  • 1.4 Public and Private Stories: Soft Launch and Soft Landing(video)
  • 1.5 Your Story
  • 1.6 Glenn Copeland and Keyboard Fantasies

Week 2: How Stories Shift, How Stories Stay the Same
Our stories are re-shaped and evolving all the time, both personally and culturally. We’re not fixed and neither are our experiences. This week we'll hear about the ways stories passed down through generations shift and evolve, and consider these shifts in our own lives. Learning Objectives Consider the different uses (and mis-uses) of stories passed down through time. Think critically about how narratives in your life and community have shifted over time.

Week 3: Practicing Giving & Receiving Feedback
Giving and receiving feedback can be vulnerable, joyful, and can deepen relationships, even when there is room and respect to navigate conflict or differences. This week we are exploring micro-strategies for giving and receiving feedback in leadership and creative contexts in ways that are mindful of social identities and exisiting relationships. Learning Objectives Reflect on what aspects make feedback effective and helpful. Create your own list of micro-strategies for giving and receiving feedback. Consider what aspects of giving and receiving feedback can help you care for yourself and your relationships.

Week 4: Final Course Project: Polish & Share
As the final course project, you'll choose one of your creative pieces or leadership stories to develop further and share publicly. This could be a story or piece you have developed on your own, or something you created based on one of the course prompts. The final assignment guides you through the process of planning to share this story of yourself with others in ways that feel supportive and meaningful. Learning Objectives Identify strategies that are helpful for your learning as a creator and leader. Practice providing feedback to the work of peers. Integrate reflection and revision into a chosen story to share with others. Practice asking for and receiving feedback on your plans to share a story of yourself. Engage metacognition to consider supports for sharing your story.

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