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Story Builder

Follow the simple steps below to build your Program Overview or Success Story. The Program Overview helps you describe your program in action, the conditions that led you to develop your program, the goals you have in the future, and the resources your program may need to achieve those goals. The Success Story is ideal to promote specific accomplishments, and helps you create an emotional hook by sharing a story about the participants in your program.

1. Complete a Worksheet

Gather and organize your content before you write your story.

	Program Overview Sample WorksheetOne worksheet will help you develop a Program Overview, and one will help you develop a Success Story. Use the worksheet as a first step, and don’t worry about making it perfect. The worksheet helps you gather and organize your content before you write your story. You’ll complete your story faster if you have a completed worksheet to reference in the next step. Consider sharing your worksheet with your program consultant or an advisor who may have feedback to help you describe your program more effectively, or improve the story of your success.

Program Overview Worksheet [DOC 54KB]

Success Story Worksheet [DOC 47KB]

2. Build Your Story

Write an effective story for your reader.

	worksheet sampleUse the writing template to build your Program Overview or Success Story. The template gives you tips to write a more effective story, prompts you to organize your document to easily fit into the design template, and includes suggested character counts for each section.

Program Overview Story Builder [DOC 47KB]

Success Story Builder [DOC 63KB]

3. Lay Out Your Story

Paste your story into the design template.

	Success Stories Newsletter TemplatesThe design template is built for either your Program Overview or Success Story. The sections of the design template that are editable are marked by highlighted brackets. You can toggle the highlighting off and on in Microsoft Word® by clicking the Developer tab, then the Restrict Editing icon, and checking the box in the left pane labeled Highlight the regions I can edit. Add your own picture to the document, and adjust the font and type size to suit your needs. Save your work, and your Program Overview or Success Story is ready to share with your audiences.

Design Template [DOC 1.9MB]