Capture Compelling Success Stories | Nora Hiatt

About this session

Craft three written stories how your organization accomplishes its mission with the guidance and coaching of a story telling expert.


Participants will clarify the end-use of the story, whether in writing, in public presentations, in fund raising, etc.  Defining success is the next important step.  Throughout the sessions Nora will discuss narrative flow.  Stories need a compelling beginning, middle and end.  As participants stories emerge, Nora will work collaboratively to fine-tune language, focusing on active verbs and vivid, concise descriptions.

What are the requirements?  

♦  Familiarity with your organizations mission, vision, and tactics for soliciting donations and grants.

♦  A laptop

♦  Willingness to dedicate a small amount of time for three consulting sessions and minimal home work between sessions.

When are the session dates? 

Capture Compelling Success Stories will begin on September 27 from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.  The other two dates will be about three weeks apart and will be determined by the group’s availability.

Where is session hosted? 

Castleton Office Park at 6515 E. 82nd Street, Suite 208, Indianapolis.  On the northeast side close to I-465 and I-69.

The deliverables 

The final product will be three written stories that are ready to share with stakeholders. Participants will also take home the requisite skills to replicate the process for coming needs.

Session content

Session 1
Identifying what makes a good story

  • What is the goal?
  • What attributes are you celebrating?
  • What are the elements of a good story?
  • In which order should you tell your story?

Session 2
Selecting and drafting the stories

  • Pick one story per participant and work through each story together: make sure the anecdote aligns with the goal, decide on the sequence, and write it together on the white board.

Session 3 

  • Fine tuning and sharing with the group to critique and make suggestions.

What is the cost?

 General investment is $695 for a three session series.

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About Nora Hiatt 

 Nora Hiatt has more than thirty years of experience in media and communications, including writing, producing, strategy and crisis management. She has written cases for support for non-profits in the arts, human services, and entertainment sectors. For a decade, she provided communications strategy for a metropolitan school district, with duties ranging from supporting the rollout of a major educational initiative to crisis communications. She has written and produced award-winning television newscasts, documentary films, as well as training and marketing videos for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Until 2015, Hiatt was senior producer of Sound Medicine, a weekly public radio series about medicine and health.