Storytelling Workshop for Adults
The upcoming batch is
scheduled to meet on these 7 consecutive Sundays, 10am to Noon --
18 June 2017__Introduction.
25 June__Personal-experience Stories,
2 July__Epics, Myths, and Historical
16 July__Performances by Participants.
23 July__Performances by Participants.
30 July__Performances by Participants.
iSpark, 404 Lloyds Road
(also known as, Avvai Shanmugam
(approx 300 metres from Mount Road),
This Workshop is designed especially for Parents,
Human Resource Trainers, Therapists, Social Workers,
Performers, Creative Writers, Tour Guides,
Home-Schooling Parents, Professional Storytellers,
and People interested in becoming any of the above.
Two recent articles about the Workshop are here and here
Links to additional articles relating to the
World Storytelling Institute are here .
The Workshop would be led by
Dr Eric Miller (PhD in Folklore),
Director, World Storytelling Institute,
Dr Eric's webpage is
The World Storytelling Institute's webpage is
Two aspects of Storytelling are:
the stories themselves; and ways of telling the stories. Workshop topics include:
Types of Stories.
Finding and Creating
Elements of Stories.
Symbols and Metaphors in
Story and Place.
Story and Community.
Story and the Past.
Story and the Future.
Storytelling and Personality
Freudian and Jungian analysis
of Fairy Tales.
Therapeutic Uses of
Using Storytelling to Teach
Vocal and physical warm-ups.
Role-playing by tellers and
Psychological, verbal, and
Stylized speech and movement --
by the narrator, and by story characters.
Timing, pacing, and rhythm;
striking a pose; pauses.
Story Mapping / Painting /
Storytelling accompanied by
Illustrations, Puppets, and Props.
Ways of Coaching
Using stories in inspirational
Using stories in sales pitches.
Facilitating Story Contests,
and Storytelling Festivals.
Storytelling is a form of
Public Speaking that may also feature some Acting (when one role-plays and
speaks as charatcters). Thus, this is
a Workshop in Public Speaking and Acting.
Stories we would be working
1) Folk Tales (Animal Fables,
Fairy Tales, etc) --
please see www.storytellinginstitute.org/87.html .
2) Episodes of Epics.
3) Personal-Experence Stories,
and other Documentary Stories.
4) Stories made-up by
Regardless of whether a story's characters might be humans, animals,
divinities, aliens, etc -- all stories are about situations. Story characters are in these situations,
and story listeners may identify
with the characters, and project
themselves into the characters and the situations. Listeners can think
about, and imagine, if they might
do things similarly to or differently from ways the characters are doing
things. This gives the listeners practice for living.
Discovery, Inspiration, Development, and Transformation
of one's self is one
of the Workshop topics. There would be
also an introduction
to the field of "Therapeutic Uses of
Telling a story can be the first step in an interactive process.
After each story is told,
1) The storyteller can lead a discussion about the story,
2) The listeners can draw/paint the story,
3) The listeners can make puppets and masks relating to the story,
4) The listeners can act-out the story as a skit.
5) The listeners can be invited to add to, and in any other way, change the
6) The listeners can be invited to tell additional stories that might come to
mind -- real-life experiences, as well as traditional stories, etc.
Some Guidelines for Storytelling:
1) Before Telling a Story
One you have selected a story to tell:
a) Identify one or more turning points / key scenes / dramatic moments, of a
story. These are scenes in which important things happen, important
decisions are made, and/or important actions are taken.
b) Visualise each episode of the story, and practice describing what you
see. One way to practice is alone, silently, with one's eyes
closed. Also: You might write the story. You might
represent the story visually, as a series of images.
2) While Telling a Story
Get to the key scenes in a timely manner. "Step into"
characters (role-play), especially during the key scenes. When speaking
as a character, at times look into the eyes of a listener and address her as
if she were another character in the story. Doing this invites the
listener to join the play, to pretend that she is also a character in the
story. One at a time, you can do this with other listeners present.
3) After Telling a Story
Lead a conversation about the story with the listeners. Ask "open
questions", such as,
"What did you think about the story?"
"How did you feel about the story?"
"What did you like about the story?"
"What do you remember about the story?"
"How do you feel about the ways the characters behaved?"
"Might there be something about the story that you might like to
"What messages, morals, and meanings do you get from the story?"
(Encourage each listener to formulate this for him/herself.)
In addition to Basic Storytelling, there would also be some consideration of
1) Uses of puppets in storytelling.
2) Collecting family stories, and other oral histories from various
individuals and groups.
3) Story and storytelling tourism (visiting the countryside to visit the
places of a story, and to hear and tell stories there).
4) Uses of storytelling in the Business World.
5) Methods of (spoken and visual) translation during performance.
6) Using storytelling to teach a language.
7) Using storytelling to teach any subject.
8) The history of the modern Storytelling Revival Movement around the world.
storytelling contests and festivals.
Versions of this Workshop could be
designed for any duration, for any group size, for people of any age and
profession, and to occur in-person or via videoconference (Skype, Google+,
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