Narrative Tools for Researchers

3 Modules Duration: 4h00

This course on Narrative Tools for Researchers explains how to use narrative techniques to help you communicate your research to the scientific community in an effective, compelling and memorable way. In this course, you will discover why narrative is such a powerful tool for communication, how good use of narrative can benefit you and your research at every stage of your career, and how to create, combine and refine narrative elements to make your research clear, memorable and persuasive in many different contexts - from talks and papers to grant and job applications.

What you’ll learn

  • The benefits of using a compelling story to communicate your research to your peers and stakeholders, such as funders or industry partners
  • How to build and combine different narrative elements that can help you create a more compelling scientific story
  • How to tailor the details of your story according to the needs and expectations of your audience
  • How to refine your story by soliciting feedback and implementing edits


  • 3-module course
  • Certificate of completion
  • Benefit from the experience of 10 experts on using narrative tools to communicate scientific research more effectively
  • English language captions and transcripts
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The course

Why use a story? | 1h00 | 6 lessons

In this module you will learn:

  • How narrative techniques can help you effectively communicate your research
  • How using narrative techniques can help you to advance your research and career 
  • Why stories are such a powerful tool for communication
  • The elements and structures that comprise stories
Building your story | 1h30 | 8 lessons

In this module you will learn how to:

  • Identify your key message
  • Show how your evidence supports your key message in a concise and convincing way
  • Create the underlying structure for your story
  • Identify and develop the main character(s) for your story
  • Use useful techniques to help your audience follow your story
Refining your story | 1h30 | 6 lessons

In this module you will learn how to:

  • Identify your different audiences and understand their expectations
  • Tailor your story to your audience
  • Develop your story within certain constraints
  • Ask for feedback and edit your story