Storytelling Workshop for Adults
In-person (in Chetpet), or via Videoconference
The Workshop would meet on these 8 consecutive Sundays, 10am to Noon (India time) --
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.
Certificates of Participation would be awarded.
Workshop Graduates could also earn
Venue (for in-person participants)
Storytelling Institute Workshop Space,
No 14 is near the end of Second Ave, on one's right.
Regarding Videoconferencing --
12-page section of Storytelling Magazine (USA),
guest-edited by Dr Eric in 2017,
Links to Recordings of 18 Videoconferences
co-facilitated by Dr Eric
About Zoom Videoconferencing
(8 two-hour sessions)
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 71 newspaper and magazine articles
relating to Dr Eric's work are here --
including two articles about this Workshop
and two articles about Dr Eric's use of
videoconferencing for Storytelling Training
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 Fairy Tales.
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
Graduates of the above described 8-session (formerly 7-session) Workshop could 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.