Published on 25 January 2021 in Career

Storytelling for Factual with Ann Booth-Clibborn

We are pleased to announce Storytelling in Factual — a new, in-depth interactive workshop for Full and Associate members working in documentary and specialist factual, hosted by Factual edit doctor Ann Booth-Clibborn.

This workshop will cover:

  • Story basics in factual
  • How to distill a story
  • Story purpose
  • Story structure
  • Pitching

This session will take place on Thursday 11 March, from 10.30am to 1.30pm with a 30 minute break.

Ann Booth-Clibborn says: “Identifying the story, pitching the idea, shooting the right material to tell the story and then communicating the story in the edit; the challenge of factual is to keep an eye on the story at all times despite the plethora of other ‘stuff’ that will be whirling around the production process.

This practical, interactive workshop takes you back to the basics of story principles, and shows you how you can use them to inform your decisions at every part of the production process, from writing the pitch right through to writing your commentary."

How to apply

Send your application to [email protected] with the subject line “Storytelling for Factual Application”. Please include in your email:

  • An up-to-date CV
  • A personal statement (why do you require this support now and which aspects of the workshop do you feel you would benefit from most)

Before sending us your application, we recommend reading our application tips.

The deadline for applications is Monday 22 February

About Ann Booth-Clibborn

Ann Booth-Clibborn is an edit doctor for Factual shows, working for — amongst others — Discovery UK. As a producer Ann developed and launched a number of successful returning formats including the ground-breaking Changing Rooms for BBC One, and Selling Houses and You Are What You Eat for C4. Ann also runs a story coaching business, helping businesses and individuals build storytelling skills, to communicate effectively. Her approach is to unlock your instinctive storytelling skills so that you can use them more consciously.


Applications are encouraged from directors of colour, women directors, disabled directors and members of the LGBTQ community as the industry recognises that all are currently under-represented within the film and television industry.

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