First Draft is Storythings’ pro-bono consultancy offer to small organisations, groups, networks or collectives who create change by working with under-represented communities.
We call it First Draft because it’s all about supporting you in reaching an early ‘first draft’ stage of a new communications project, where an idea starts to take shape and can be tested and developed.
Our call for First Draft 2024 has now closed.
“It was amazing to have a forum for sharing ideas, especially as a small company without much opportunity to brainstorm. The Storythings team were experts and their knowledge has really opened our eyes on how to create interesting content and how to turn these ideas around with minimal resources.”
How we can help
We’ll help you break down your content goals, discuss ideas that might help you talk about your work in a way that others can get on board with, and guide and support you in developing and prototyping a format. We will help you to become a better communicator and build stronger relationships with your audiences, stakeholders and funders.
How does First Draft work?
We will support three organisations in 2024 over 5 weeks each, with programmes starting in April, June and September.
We will consider applications from any organisation globally as long as they can meet our time zone requirement for Zoom calls: GMT/BST afternoons, likely on Thursdays.
For each organisation, we’ll run a number of sessions focused on mapping your audience, exploring different content formats and then developing and testing one format prototype. This will take place across five weeks. Each session will last one hour. You will be invited to do some activities and tasks in between sessions. These are designed to help you develop your ideas and make the most of your time with us.
Weeks one and two will focus on audience mapping. We will also introduce you to the language of formats and start to unpack some examples that are already out in the world. By the end of the second session, we will support you in developing your ideas for your format, ready to prototype over weeks three and four.
Weeks three and four will focus on developing your own prototype. The prototype really is a first draft! So don’t stress about making it perfect, it’s not supposed to be.
The fifth and final week will be for us to give you feedback on your prototype and talk you through our ‘How to Run a Format’ playbook with lots of tips and ideas for you to take away.
Who we’re looking to help
- Applications are open to companies, small networks or collectives that have been around for two years or less.
- We are open to applications from any organisation globally as long as you can meet our time zone requirement for Zoom calls: GMT/BST afternoons, likely on Thursdays.
- Your annual turnover should be less than £100k.
- The work you are doing should be towards affecting positive change – this could be through your defined mission, or those you help.
- You must have a clearly defined problem around storytelling, content or comms.
- We’re actively seeking applications from groups who are looking to create change by working with under-represented communities.
You might be looking to set up a new project within your organisation that will improve diversity, equity and inclusion, and you need support in developing your story. Or you might be working with a local community and want to bring attention to the brilliant projects they are doing.
How to apply
Please fill in this Google form by Friday 16th February 2024, 5pm GMT/BST.
We will contact shortlisted applicants to invite them for an interview in early March. Interviews will be held online via Zoom.