Storytelling Workshop for Adults
Would you like to improve your abilities --
To captivate your audience,
both emotionally and intellectually?
To arrest and hold your listeners' attentions
as you paint pictures with words and gestures,
and weave unforgettable tales
about thrilling adventures?
If yes, this Workshop is for you!
The Workshop would meet on 8 consecutive Sundays, 10am to 12Noon --
1) 7 Oct 2018__Introduction.
2) 14 Oct__Personal-experience Stories, and Dreams.
3) 21 Oct__Epics, Myths, and Historical Stories.
4) 28 Oct__Fairytales.
5) 4 Nov__Rhythm, Melody, and Rhyme in Speech;
6) 11 Nov__Performances by Participants.
7) 18 Nov__Performances by Participants.
8) 25 Nov__Performances by Participants.
are welcome to attend just the first session, on Sunday 7 Oct (for Rs 750,
which could be given on the spot). Then
they could decide regarding joining the balance of the Workshop -- an
additional 7 sessions, for an additional Rs 5,250.
Storytelling Institute Workshop Space,
(next to Dr Agarwal's Hospital)
Off Cathedral Road, between
Chola Hotel and Stella Maris College.
This Workshop is designed especially for Parents, Educators,
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.
The Workshop would be led by
Dr Eric Miller (PhD in Folklore),
Director, World Storytelling Institute,
Dr Eric's webpage,
containing links to 65 of his writings, is
The World Storytelling Institute's webpage is
Links to specific writings by Dr Eric are far below.
Links to 76 newspaper and magazine articles
relating to Dr Eric's work are here --
including two articles about this Workshop
To discuss the Workshop, and to register:
Two aspects of Storytelling are: the stories themselves; and ways of telling the stories. Workshop topics include:
Types of Stories.
Finding and Creating Stories.
Elements of Stories.
Symbols and Metaphors in Stories.
Story and Place.
Story and Community.
Story and the Past.
Story and the Future.
Storytelling and Personality Development.
Freudian and Jungian analysis of Fairytales.
Therapeutic Uses of Storytelling.
Using Storytelling to Teach Academic Subjects.
Vocal and physical warm-ups.
Breathing/Singing/Moving and Storytelling.
Role-playing by tellers and listeners.
Psychological, verbal, and physical audience-participation.
Stylized speech and movement -- by the narrator, and by story characters.
Timing, pacing, and rhythm; striking a pose; pauses.
Story Mapping / Painting / Drawing.
Storytelling accompanied by Illustrations, Puppets, and Props.
Ways of Coaching Storytelling.
Using stories in inspirational speeches.
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 with include:
1) Folktales (Animal Fables, Fairytales, etc).
2) Episodes of Epics.
3) Personal-Experence Stories, and other Documentary Stories.
4) Stories made-up by individuals.
Storytelling for 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 "Storytelling Therapy" /
"Therapeutic Uses of Storytelling" / "Storytelling for
each story is told,
"Does the story remind you of any of your own experiences, or of any
1) Storytelling for Teaching and Learning.
2) Storytelling for Therapy, Healing, Personality
Development, and Soft / Life / Communication Skills Training.
Facilitating storytelling festivals.
Writings by Dr Eric
relating to Storytelling
"Storytelling and Interactive
Workshop participants would receive Certificates of Participation in the Workshop.
Graduates of the 8-session Workshop could also earn Certification as a Professional Storyteller.
This process consists of,
1) The Trainee prepares and tells seven stories to her chosen audience -- and leads discussions with her listeners about the stories and the ways they were told.
2) The Trainee leads a Storytelling Class / Workshop (one or more sessions) with her chosen students.
3) The Trainee writes a few pages about each of these experiences, and discusses these thoughts with Dr Eric.
Dr Eric helps / coaches / mentors along the way -- via phone, videoconference, email, and/or in-person (at the WSI's 2nd Ave, Harrington Road space).
The process occurs over approx two months.
The fee for this training and certification is Rs 5,000.
Versions of the above-described 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.