Storyteller’s Bill of Rights

In relation to a StoryWork workshop, you have …

• The right to know from the outset why a workshop is being carried out.

• The right to assistance in deciding whether you are ready to share a story.

• The right to understand what is involved in the process of producing a story.

• The right to know who might view your finished story, after the workshop.

• The right to decide for yourself whether or not to participate in a workshop.

• The right to ask questions at any stage of the workshop, before, during, or after.

• The right to ask for teaching instructions to be repeated or clarified.

• The right to skilled emotional support, if your experience of making a story is emotionally challenging.

• The right to tell your story in the way you want, within the limits of the workshop.

• The right to decide whether or not to reveal private or personal information to fellow participants and instructors, at the workshop.

• The right to competent advice about whether revealing your identity or other personal details about your life, in your story, may place you at risk of harm.

• The right to leave information and/or photographs that identify you or others, out of your final story.

• The right to reject story feedback (about words and images) if it is not useful or offered in a spirit of respect and support.

• The right to decide what language to use in telling and creating your story.

 The right to be respected and supported by capable workshop facilitators.

• The right to a written consent form, if your story will be shared publicly, including a signed copy for your records.

• The right to know what contact and support you can expect after the workshop

In relation to sharing your story after a workshop, you have …

• The right to decide collaboratively with project partners how your story will be shared.

• The right to view and retain a copy of your story before it is shared publicly in any way.

• The right to know who is likely to share your story and for what purposes.

• The right to know who is likely to see or hear your story and when (e.g. rough timeframe)

• The right to counsel on the potential sensitivities of sharing your story in public

• The right to emotional support if you are sharing your story in public. 

• The right to demand that no one should be able to sell your story for profit.

• The right to know if any funds will be generated as a result of your story being shared

(e.g. to support similar projects with other storytellers).

• The right to withdraw your consent for the use of your story at any time.

• The right to information about the limits of withdrawing consent for your story to be shared, if it has already been circulated online or in other digital formats.