um. Who is Anna Sabramowicz?

Feb 02, 2021

Out of the blue, Anna Sabramowicz This person sent me an message via with a link to .

It was an exciting presentation introducing her take on "interactive storytelling", and  I guess you call her back and pay money to learn how to do this? 

It's certainly an interesting way to get my attention, and I've been struggling with the STOP of making a training 'event' - like a course, and more about creating those legit "learning experiences" . It's been a little hard because a lot are very specific, or just the opposite. 

I feel like a need a list of  'online learning activities,' because I've been brain-washed for too long into 'spray and prey with a next button.' 

Is Anna the way to up my game? How have you y'all make your course event into a proper, real, live Learning Experience? 




6 Replies
Judy Nollet

Hi, Alison,

Ms. Sabramowicz's business seems to be coaching others how to create better eLearning. I have not investigated it beyond knowing that. 

"Interactive storytelling" is a great catchphrase. However, I'm not sure it's all that different from what many Instructional Designers promote: Use stories (aka scenarios). Put the learner in a situation (CONTEXT) where they have to make decisions (CHOICES) and deal with what happens next (CONSEQUENCES). 

If you're interested in knowing more about Ms. Sabramowicz, check out her ElearningSecrets website and/or her LinkedIn page. (You might get some good info just by looking at what she's posted on LI.)

But before you purchase any coaching, I suggest you also check out others in the field, like Articulate's own Tom Kuhlmann, Cathy Moore, Michael Allen, etc. Look into organizations like The Learning Guild. And even check out Articulate's eLearning Challenges for inspiration. 

Best regards!

Christy Tucker

Anna is one of the people who made the "Broken Coworker" training that is a popular example.

She must be doing some cold contact selling on LinkedIn for her coaching services. She teaches people how to create similar interactive stories.

If you want to see some more of her work before deciding to buy anything, she has a free Facebook group where she shares videos and resources. That will give you a better idea of her approach.

I'll second Judy's recommendations to check out Tom Kuhlmann, Cathy Moore, and Michael Allen. If you're looking for more about storytelling, you can also check out Rance Greene's and Hadiya Nuriddin's work. Clark Aldrich has a different style of scenarios called "Short Sims"; you can see a bunch of examples on his website (without paying for his book or training--although I did like the book). If you're looking for more about how to incorporate elearning into a blended program rather than a one-off event, check out Jennifer Hofmann at InSync Training, Cindy Huggett, or Karen Hyder.

I'll also shamelessly plug my own blog. I have written a bunch of posts about storytelling and scenarios, all of which is available for free. My approach is a little different than Anna's (often more branching than her typically linear story), but we certainly have some overlap in what we do.

You can probably start with some of the free/less expensive resources from any of those sources. After reviewing some of that, you may decide you want to pursue something paid like Anna's program to go deeper or to get more direct assistance.

Alison  L.

no right. I've been trying to be a "good" Lxder(.com!) for years, but been forced a lot to be doing events/presentations/click next or full of engage interactions , but still presentations. 

and she sent me her link through LinkedIn, like you said.. actually. Whatever pays the bills, right? 

It's been interesting, the Learning Experience BOOKs talk all about how to do it, but has anyone seen a list? LIke a list of self-directed learning activities be a good LxDer(.com!- nothing there yet, just got it)

& Thanks!

Anna Sabramowicz

Hey Christy, just wanted to say thank you and am humbled by your candid words here. I just stumbled across this post, so apologies about the 4 month delay.  :D

I would recommend your work to anyone looking for resources on scenario design.  You're right there's a lot of overlap in our work. So for anyone reading this, do yourself a favour and check out Christy's blog. 

In the meantime, I'll get back to spreading the word about interactive storytelling... one person at a time :)