Do you struggle to tell your organization’s stories?
Is storytelling important to you – but you haven’t had the time to do it right?
Do you lack the time or internal planning, writing, or interviewing skills to develop quality stories?
I provide storytelling services for busy nonprofit communicators who need external support. I can work with you to get organized, make a plan and use that plan as a guide to developing your stories throughout the year at the frequency that works best for you: quarterly, bi-monthly or monthly.
Here’s how the Storytelling simplified service works:
Month 1: Story strategy and implementation plan
We’ll start by spending just the right amount of time clarifying which stories you’ll be telling, why you’ll be telling them and how you’ll use stories to boost the effectiveness of your communications. Our first month of work together will include:
- Two consultation/briefing calls
- Story strategy development and refinement
- Implementation plan setup (includes templates for outreach and story tracking)
Ongoing: Story development and project management
Once we have a plan in place, I’ll take it from there as your external story studio. I will develop fresh stories that reflect your brand voice and deliver your key messages, all year long. To keep us on track, this will include:
- Ongoing subject interviews
- Story development: writing, editing and revisions
- Quarterly check-in calls with you
- Project management/accountability via our story tracker
Rather than a source of stress or overwhelm, your new stories will be assets that boost the impact of your existing communications.
“The process is seamless, and Marlene has the utmost concern for quality, character and business acumen that translates into stunning stories. I have found her thoughtfulness and genuine care about the subjects translate into compelling and meaningful stories that will engage our audience; helping our organization profile great people for great causes.”
“Working with Marlene as an external writer allowed us to have the time and energy to focus on other aspects of our work. Working with a small team, it’s crucial to have professionals like Marlene, that you can count on to jump in and help. She is talented, professional, efficient – and fun! She is a pleasure to work with and she makes the process a breeze.”
Package price starts at $6,000
The base cost for one year of storytelling support includes your story strategy plus the development of four stories (one per quarter). We can expand and customize this package to include monthly or bi-monthly story development, or additional elements, such as social media or email newsletter content.
Would you like to get your organization’s stories flowing, together?
Let’s begin with a free consultation. I’ll answer your questions about my approach and we’ll discuss your needs, timelines and initial story ideas. From there, I’ll be able to provide you with a proposal and quote so that you can consider whether bringing in external storytelling help makes sense for you.