Leisure learning

People book my storytelling courses because they want to explore the traditional stories of their culture and family, or they’re teachers who want to be better classrooms storytellers, and often because they’re about to have children or grandchildren!

Please check my Diary pages to see when courses are running. Or make it happen for you and your friends…

You need: a group between 8 – 20 people. A big enough space for gentle movement and seats for participants. Decent ventilation, warmth and light. Toilets and catering facilities. Wheelchair access. Works very well in a large private house, arts venue or small/medium hotel.

Once Upon A Time: Storytelling Skills for All               For beginners and new storytellers
– Weekend course eg Friday evening, full Saturday + Sunday to approx 4pm
   In a safe and stimulating environment you’ll explore

  • Essential voice skills and stagecraft. Storytelling is not acting but you must be heard clearly and you need to hold your audience’s attention
  • Structure and memory techniques
  • Creativity in re-telling traditional or other existing stories
  • Spontaneous storytelling: learn to trust your imagination and life experience
  • Choice and preparation of stories for telling.

Creative games and exercises involve speaking and listening as a whole group, in mini groups, in pairs and individually.
·  Sessions lead up to a final Story Round. You can choose to tell a story by yourself or with others. You’re encouraged to take part in this session but it is not compulsory. You decide!
·  This is a thorough introduction to storytelling, packed with activity – and we laugh a lot. Nerves about speaking usually dissolve in the supportive atmosphere and in the delight of the stories.

 

StoryMakers                  For storytellers, creative writers, playwrights + all wordmongers
– Weekend course eg Friday evening, Saturday and part of Sunday
Share what you know, gain insights and new ideas. Chloë acts as facilitator while you explore

  • Classic storytellers’ exercises in adapting and reframing traditional tales
  • Devise true life / original / contemporary tales
  • Different stimuli for your creativity: chocolate … scent … rain … sound effects … rural and urban landscapes … fabrics
  • Spontaneous storytelling: probably the best ever cure for writer’s block
  • Recording sounds and spoken word
  • Playfulness with purpose.

Participants can work as individuals or in creative collaboration with others, occasionally as a whole group.
·  Struggling with your plot or script? Bring it, let it run in a different genre, see what happens… Creative process in any art or craft faces similar barriers and leaps. Shared experience helps uncover new lines of thought, or understand why something isn’t working quite right yet.
·  Free yourself from the pressure of being ‘good’ at what you do and allow yourself to experiment. Empathy and giggles guaranteed!
·  Final Session is your opportunity to tell, read or perform the piece you’ve devised or revised over the weekend, incorporating your creative experiments as far as possible. It’s not compulsory to do this but warmly encouraged.

 

In Your Own Words                                                            For confident storytellers
– Weekend or 1 day
Serious fun with creative inspiration. Chloë is your guide as you face the epic challenge…

  • Adapt your favourite short story, novel, UFO encounter, film, episode or scene for Live Spoken Word. That’s right: put the book down and tell that tale like a storyteller from a pre literate age
  • Learn easy techniques to organise and remember the plot; identify the story’s essential pieces
  • Try the story from different points of view
  • Find the right ‘voice’ for telling this story – which point of view is the most intriguing? – does your audience want epic-heroic or fireside gentleness?

This workshop will inspire anyone who loves stories and the English language. You’ll probably find very old themes and structures in the most contemporary of work.
·  This is a workshop in Oral Storytelling. Writing is not required.
Note: We should be mindful that writers aren’t keen on having their ideas pinched! If you work with a published story or film etc then it can be only for the purpose of this workshop and cannot later appear as original work. Traditional stories (folktales, legends etc) tend to be less encumbered by copyright.

Midnight Storytellers title, Agent Green the Dragon Whisperer and all related images [except where otherwise credited], performances, audio and video recordings, show titles, publications, social media posts and blogs © C Lees-Saunders 2016

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