Description: Katya Reno will be discussing how she conceives of and implements strategies for bringing diverse storytelling to the Spurlock Museum’s blog and social media. How do we engage with more diverse storytelling in our content-creation? And why is diverse storytelling something we should always be thinking about?
This workshop is for anyone who creates stories for blogs and social media, but the workshop is also applicable to those who are responsible for bringing content forward on paper-based platforms. Stories are all around us, but, often, if we aren’t intentional when we create them, we end up reiterating those stories that are most familiar to us; even if those stories tokenize or are derogatory to a group of people.
How can we be more mindful about telling stories so as not to exclude cultures and peoples, or minimize them? You’ll leave the workshop with some ideas for how diverse storytelling can be approached and how doing so often creates richer and more compelling stories.
Bio: Katya Reno is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Among her many duties at the Spurlock Museum, Katya is tasked with leading social media strategy and coordinating blog content and promotional materials. Katya has worked widely across many media and communications arenas. She began her career in book publishing, at Oxford University Press.
She has also worked as an editor and writer for several magazine publishers and as an English professor. Most recently, she taught technical writing, editing, and creative writing at Knox College. She received an MFA in creative writing from Texas State University and studied rhetoric, composition, and digital writing at Illinois State University. A native of Denver, Colorado, Katya still enjoys hiking, camping, and life in the great outdoors.
Please contact Bridget Sullivan to request any accessibility accommodations for this workshop.