Storytelling for activists

12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Online Workshop
Registration Closed

Stories can connect people across boundaries of distance and experience. Stories can also help activists and activist groups build power, reframe and shift oppressive dominant narratives, and help create space to grow community. Activist storytelling, when created and disseminated with intention and care, infuses our culture with myriad viewpoints and creates a kind of intervention that can help us stride toward accountability, justice, and joy. As communicators, we have the opportunity to uncover media’s intentional or unwitting replications of an oppressive society, and consciously expand its capabilities. 

In this one hour course, Jennifer Johnson Avril will discuss the history of activist-made media, how to apply organizing tactics to storytelling, and how to communicate for movement building.

You will be emailed a link to the workshop two hours before it begins. 

About Your Instructor

Jennifer Johnson Avril

Jennifer Johnson Avril is the Director of Advocacy Communications at Housing Works, where she amplifies a community of relentless advocates and works with her team to change the way people write, talk, post and think about HIV/AIDS, homelessness, harm reduction and racial justice. Along with her teammates, Jennifer was a 2021 recipient of the CPHS Marshall England Award for Public Health. Prior to coming to Housing Works, Jennifer project managed Unlocked, an online educational curriculum for health professionals aimed at increasing understanding and empathy for people with mental health challenges, based on the work of filmmaker Lucy Winer. She has written about HIV/AIDS issues and activism for The Body and is a proud former floor member of ACT UP NY. Jennifer recently received her MA in Media Studies + Social Change from Queens College, where she focused on activist communications for systemic disruption. She has been a communications professional for over 25 years. A lifelong New Yorker, Jennifer lives in Brooklyn with her husband, kid, two dogs, a cat who thinks he's a dog, and an actual cat.