Storytelling: Using Oral Storytelling for Creativity

When:
26 May 2017
17:00 - 19:00
Location:
55 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000
Venue:
The University of Newcastle

Recently the term “storytelling” has been used across all types of creative endeavours: writing, film making, advertising, and company brand building. But what does storytelling mean in the traditional sense, when one person shares one or more stories with a live audience? Sydney events such as The Web – Tales told Live, Tell Me A Story, and The Moth – True Stories Told Live have harnessed this growing interest in oral storytelling.  Where do the storytellers obtain their stories and how do they acquire the skills to present those stories in an engaging way? This session will answer those questions.

This storytelling workshop will use a highly interactive and fun workshop format to explore the art of oral storytelling and how it can be harnessed in a 21st century context. It will lift the cloak of mystery that surrounds “professional storytelling” and make it accessible to everyone who wants to tap into their own innate storytelling ability.
 
Learning Aims
 
This storytelling workshop will delve into both the "Why" and the "How” of oral storytelling. We will explore what makes storytelling such a powerful communication tool. We will look at the different styles of storytelling and how stories are structured. Using real examples of oral storytelling and interactive activities we will create our own stories and learn how they can be used in any context to engage, excite and impart deeper understanding.
 
People attending this storytelling workshop will learn where to locate stories and ideas, how to create and mould a story for different purposes and how to share a story effectively. Story presentation skills of voice, pitch, gesture and body movement will be explored and practiced. There will be many opportunities to share draft stories with others in the session. You will leave the session with at least one draft story prepared and the seeds for many others. You will have resources for seeking other story ideas and public domain stories that can be adapted for your own particular storytelling needs. 
 
Learning Outcomes
 
At the completion of this storytelling workshop you will:
 
  • possess ideas for using storytelling in your own context.
  • learn where to locate stories and ideas, how to structure a story for different purposes and how to share a story effectively. 
  • have explored presentation skills of voice, pitch, gesture and body movement 
  • complete the session with at least one draft story prepared and the seeds for many others.
  • have resources for seeking other story ideas and public domain stories that can be adapted for your own particular storytelling needs.

 

Content

This workshop will introduce the following topics:
 
Why tell stories
  • Innate love of stories
  • Storytelling and the brain
Finding a story to tell
  • Existing stories
  • Personal stories
Crafting your story
  • Story structure
  • Emotional content
Presenting your story
  • Body language
  • Voice projection
  • Audience triangle
Moving forward
  • Resources
  • Storytelling organisations
     

Intended Audience

This storytelling workshop is suitable for all members of the public aged 18 or above. 
 
Delivery Style
 
This storytelling  course  will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of a instructor lead lecture, group and individual activities.

Ticket Conditions

*Booking and transaction fees may apply.