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Storytelling to Educate, Advocate, and Activate with Christopher Reider

Date(s): 
Tuesdays, January 23 - February 6, 2018, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: 
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Cost: 
$125 Regular, $113 ASU Affiliate, $100 Student

About the Class

Using the results of scientifically researched, brain-based techniques, balanced with a variety of inspirational creative writing activities, we will unlock story ideas and build skills that lead to personal narrative vignettes, as well as a culminating project called “Voice of the Unheard” Advocacy Story. This will be told from the perspective of an individual in a silenced or oppressed group. Using primary and secondary research, participants will write and perform their advocacy story, and build an experiential project.

EDUCATE: The first part of the course will require reading and examining of research conducted to measure physiological responses of audiences. The results of these studies will teach us how to tell stories to help create change in learners and audiences.

ADVOCATE: Participants will use a variety of inspirational creative writing activities to unlock ideas in the form of exercises and mini-stories in participants; these lead to personal narrative vignettes, and a culminating project called “Voice of the Unheard” Advocacy Story. This project will be based in primary and secondary academic research, and will inform the story – written from the perspective of an individual in that group. Students will write, revise, and perform their stories.

ACTIVATE: The advocacy research and stories will inspire ground level, experiential work. Participants will create and execute an experiential project, tied thematically to their advocacy research and stories, and learn to become agents of change.

Meet Your Instructor: Christopher Reider


About Christopher Reider

Currently a Residential Education Faculty at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Reider possess a BA in English from ASU, and a Masters of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, from Ottawa University. Besides being a relentless promoter for the career choice of education, he advocates for sustaining multicultural education, endorses active learning in student-centered classrooms, and challenges students to be intrinsic learners through problem-based learning. In addition to teaching Cultural Diversity in Education, The Art of Storytelling, and Teaching at the Community College (teaching college faculty) Reider also teaches English, and is the former Division Chair of the Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature Division. He regularly facilitates experiential project opportunities for the campus culture and his students, and enjoys organizing multicultural programming on his campus. He is the chair of the Creative Writing and Arts Committee, and Co-Coordinator for Learning Communities at CGCC.

 In addition to a short story published in the Gila River Review, he has created podcasts for advocacy projects and written a number of stand-up comedy routines and stories for the stage. As an instructor of Storytelling, Reider teaches scientifically researched techniques, balanced with a variety of inspirational creative writing activities to unlock ideas in the form of exercises and mini-stories in his students; these lead to personal narrative vignettes, and then Advocacy stories, based in primary and secondary academic research.