Telling the listener
Workshops for storytellers: in-person or online
A hands-on practical workshop for experienced storytellers
The focus is on:
- Crafting a narrative which satisfies
- Crafting a performance which captures the listener
Watch this video introduction
Each workshop is tailored to the individual group, and consequently will vary. The outline below shows a typical three-hour session.
Workshop preparation: homework
Before the workshop, participants receive the text of a folk tale.
At home they:
- Write a skeleton of the story, using just keywords (i.e. not full sentences). Typically a skeleton might be no more than 25 words.
- Consider how they might craft the narrative into a story they can perform, and how best to “capture the listener”.
- Then (and only then) they watch my recording of the story in the video gallery.
- Making notes, they analyse and critique both the way I have crafted my narrative and the way I perform it.
Workshop: phase one
Following a short ice-breaking activity, participants work in small groups, discussing insights gained from their homework and critiquing my recorded performance.
These photographs are of a July 2022 workshop for the Storytelling Association (Singapore).
The discussions continue in the plenary, allowing ample opportunity for the group’s specific interests to be covered.
Workshop: phase two
Working in a small group, participants are given the skeleton of a new folk tale.
In the light of the previous discussions, they consider how to craft this skeleton into a performance.
Finally I perform the tale to show my approach to crafting and performing it. Again this is critiqued in small groups and the plenary.
Want a workshop?
First check my current plans to see if I am travelling to your part of the world:
And of course, I always welcome new invitations.
I have conducted many highly successful online workshops.
Send a mail to discuss your needs and explore possibilities.
Workshop feedback: read what participants and organisers say
Details of previous workshops in Germany, Italy, England, Hong Kong, Singapore, India and the USA
Downloadable workshop details in Chinese (2-page pdf)
Go here for tales to watch
Go here for a list of all tales included on this site
Go here to receive an e-mail notification when new tales are added
Permission to tell outlines my views on copyright
For those who are teachers: Telling stories in the classroom: basing language teaching on storytelling