Online Course

How to write great case studies

Self paced online course

Great case studies are great stories, and stories are how we understand the world.

Through better storytelling your case studies will inspire your audience and empower them to take action.

  • Find the success stories you need to be telling
  • Grow your confidence in interviewing
  • Draw out the emotions that make a compelling story
  • Learn to tell your case study stories in a way that makes people take notice.

Showcase your success stories and empower your audience to act

  • Campaigns
  • Fundraising comms
  • Presentations
  • Press releases
  • Blogs and social media posts
  • Thank you letters

These are just a few of the places you can use great case studies to engage your audience.

This brand new, online course reveals exactly how to find those compelling case study stories, how to think like a journalist when interviewing people and how to write simple but highly effective copy. You’ll also learn how to secure valuable publicity and media coverage for your stories.

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Expert tuition combined with practical advice

My name is Jenna Sloan and I’m a journalist and university lecturer with 15 years experience of sourcing, writing and telling the stories of hundreds of case studies.

In this course I'll teach you the tips, advice and practical storytelling techniques I've learned during my career, backed up by relevant examples and storytelling theory.

On this course you will:

  • Grow your confidence to find stories, interview storytellers and write great case studies
  • Learn practical tips, advice and guidance on how to maximise your story's impact and secure media coverage
  • Create a re-usable template for a great case study story using the downloadable worksheet

What will I learn?

Here's how the course breaks down:

1. Welcome to How to Write Great Case Studies
Welcome message from Jenna
How to use this course
How to write great case studies worksheet
2. Storytelling and case studies
Chapter introduction from Jenna
Great case studies are great stories
Creating empathy
Finding the story
Storytelling check in
3. Connecting with your storyteller
Chapter introduction from Jenna
Get set for your interview
Conducting the interview
Interview check in
4. Writing your case study story
Chapter introduction from Jenna
Structure and writing a great headline
Using quotes and creating flow
Simple and effective language
Writing check in
5. Maximising your story's impact
Images, video and audio
Securing media coverage
Takeaways
Your feedback

Storytelling and case studies

You may have some experience in writing case study stories or it may be completely new to you. Either way, we’ll look at how your clients’ personal and lived experience stories can be used to showcase the excellent work your organisation is doing.

We’ll examine storytelling theory and techniques, and how you can use these to write a story your audience will really want to read. You’ll also learn how to research like a journalist in order to find the perfect person with a great story to tell.

Connecting with your storyteller

In order to engage your reader you’ll need to engage with the person who's lived the experience and find out their story, which means conducting an interview.

We’ll analyse the best interviewing methods, how to put your interviewee at ease, and the questions you need to ask in order to get the most interesting and relevant details. This module will also take you through how to select the best quotes from your interview to use in your story.

Writing your case study story

Your writing needs structure in order to give it the pace and flow which will keep your reader glued from the first word to the last. This module will teach you how to structure your writing and will tutor you in how to master the same clear, simple and effective language as a professional journalist.

Maximising your story's impact

Your case study is written and ready to go, but where and how can you use it? This module will look at creating content you can use across multiple platforms including campaigns, social media, impact reports, annual reports and others. We’ll also examine how you can use case study stories to secure media coverage, and how to pitch your story to a journalist or editor.

How to write great case study stories: course details

  • This is an online course, start whenever you’re ready
  • The course is self-paced. All material will be available to you for download after payment has been received, and you work through at your own pace
  • It costs £150
  • You’ll have access to the course materials for one year from the date payment is received
  • The course does not include any feedback from me. If you decide you’d like some further guidance I offer one-to-one feedback packages which start at £95

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You can make payment by clicking on the course card below - this will take you to my Thinkific site. Please email me if you'd like to enrol multiple interviewees. Once payment has been confirmed you'll receive your log-in details.

About me

My name is Jenna Sloan and I’m a journalist with 15 years experience of sourcing, writing and telling the stories of hundreds of people.

I spent 10 years as a staff feature writer on national newspapers, and for the past five years I’ve been freelance, working for national newspapers, magazines and digital publications.

I also lecture in journalism at Manchester Metropolitan University where I lead courses on longform writing, news writing, storytelling and magazine journalism.

I have a postgraduate certificate in teaching and learning in Higher Education, so I’m perfectly placed to share with you my knowledge and expertise on how to find, interview and write great personal experience stories which will showcase your organisation's remarkable work.

You can see some examples of my work here, or find me on Instagram or Twitter if you’d like to chat more about case studies, journalism and storytelling.