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!
For Additional Info and to Register:
The upcoming edition of the Workshop
would meet on 8 weekly sessions,
on Sundays, 15 March to 3 May 2020.
1) Introduction (15 March).
2) Animal Fables (22 March).
3) Personal-experience Stories (29 March).
4) Fairytales (5 April).
5) Epics, Myths, and Historical Stories (12 April).
6) Rhythm, Melody, and Rhyme in Speech; and Rhythm in Movement (19 April).
7) Performances by Participants (26 April).
8) Performances by Participants (3 May).
There would be two separate Batches:
World Storytelling Institute,
No.7, Kasturi Estate 3rd Street,
"Muchachi Mansion" (3rd Floor).
(2 streets sea-ward from Stella Maris College.)
Cathedral Road, Alwarpet, Chennai.
For info regarding Dr Eric's experience with using Videoconferencing to give training in Storytelling, please click here.
The Workshop fee (for the 8 two-hour sessions) is Rs 8,000.
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,
The World Storytelling Institute's webpage is
Dr Eric's webpage,
containing links to 82 of his writings, is
Links to 19 of these writings
that relate directly to Storytelling are at
Links to 82 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.
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.
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 space
The process occurs over approx two months.
The fee for this training and certification is Rs 6,000.
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.