Business & Leisure Workshops

Pitching to a prospect? Preparing for children – or dreading the wedding speech?

Storytelling skills will help you!

Chloë was an experienced trainer long before she took to spoken word performance. She creates a safe and encouraging environment where you’ll be gently guided to explore all kinds of story – and discover your unique speaking style.

Storytelling for All

Immersive introduction for beginners

StoryMakers

For writers and storytellers with experience

Speak your Poem

For page poets + non performers

Storytelling for All

Storytelling isn’t acting – more like verbal jazz – yet you must be clearly heard and you need to hold your audience’s attention.
 
In a safe environment you’ll be invited to join spoken word games and exercises. Try out trade secrets of storytelling for yourself. For the concluding Story Round you’ll devise a brief story solo or with others: whatever feels comfortable.
Explore:
 
  • Basic voice skills and stagecraft
  • Story structure and memory signposts
  • Creativity in re-telling traditional or other existing stories
  • Spontaneous storytelling: learn to trust your imagination and life experience
  • Choosing and preparing stories.
 
You’ll work with traditional story and you’ll be encouraged to experiment. 
We encounter fabulous creatures and crafty heroes – from legendary wizards to your pioneer granny! We laugh a lot.
 
Full day and weekend (Friday evening – Sunday afternoon) workshops. Taster talk 1 hour.
This is an oral storytelling workshop. Writing is not required.

StoryMakers

You’ll be in the stimulating company of speakers, storytellers, fiction writers, poets, playwrights and all kinds of wordmonger.
If your current project is faltering, if you’re questing for new ideas, this is the workshop for you.
Chloë facilitates while participants share knowledge and insights.
Find fresh creativity in purposeful play:
 
  • Classic storytellers’ exercises in reframing traditional tales
  • Spontaneous storytelling: probably the best ever cure for writer’s block
  • See your work in progress from a whole new angle
  • Break free from the pressure of perfection: go wildly wrong and have a giggle!
 
The concluding Story Round is your opportunity to tell, read or perform the piece / section you’ve devised or revised in workshop. Then go home refreshed and ready to create.
 
This is an oral storytelling workshop. You might jot down some lists or notes. Detailed writing is not required.
Chloe at the Rollright Stones Circle

Speak your Poem

“Chloë’s technical expertise and tactful suggestions for improvement have been an enormous help to me, when reading my work at poetry festivals and live on national BBC Radio”

– Alison Brackenbury: 10 published poetry collections and frequent readings on BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and 6 Music.

You might not wish to be a ‘performance poet’. Even so, it shows respect for your audience and for your craft to speak your poem well. This workshop is not about critiquing work, just supporting your idea of a poem’s meaning and emotion. We practise with original and favourite poems.
 
In a safe and friendly environment, you will:
 
  • Learn how to make your voice do what the poem needs
  • Develop clarity and confidence, with or without a microphone
  • Find out if other people can easily read your poem
  • Learn how to connect with your audience so they remember the pleasure of hearing just one poem from you!
 
Chloë comments:
“I enjoy poetry. But I hear good work destroyed by bad reading. There’s no excuse for this, not even for page poets. Your minutes in front of an audience should be a joy – not an endurance test! – for you or them.”

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