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Live Storytelling Workshop Summer 2018

  • 04 Jun 2018
  • 23 Jul 2018
  • 8 sessions
  • 04 Jun 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 11 Jun 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 18 Jun 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 25 Jun 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 02 Jul 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 09 Jul 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 16 Jul 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 23 Jul 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Chicago Dramatists, Theater
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  • This registration is for the Early Bird Discount period running May 1st - May 15th.

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Live Storytelling Workshop
with Instructor: Janna Sobel 

General Price $279

Live Storytelling empowers writers, performers, comedians, public speakers...everyone!...to tell compelling, entertaining live personal stories. Focusing on the 5-10 minute format of popular live storytelling events, we give you narrative tools to illuminate personal experience, and bring your truth and presence to the stage with comfort, skill and joy. 

In a fun, dynamic, supportive environment, you will learn:

  • to apply narrative structure to personal stories
  • to use dramatic elements to heighten tension and raise stakes
  • to use sensory and descriptive detail to bring listeners into a moment
  • to develop and hone your unique voice
  • to be emotionally honest
  • to tell the (sometimes challenging, always important) truth
  • to enhance stories with character, humor and movement
  • to start and end strong
  • to interact well with an audience
  • to honor time limits, and accomplish what you want within any venue's parameters
Classes consist of playful games and exercises that are both skill-building and generative, followed by inquiry and discussion. There is also a development and feedback component. Each student will craft and perform three different stories over the course of eight weeks, and will receive personal feedback from the instructor, and from the class as test-audience. Through the process of revision, students hone their work and witness the unique perspective that each teller brings to the stage. The class will culminate with a Chicago-style Live Storytelling event.


Janna Sobel is a writer, performer and public speaker. She has been teaching Storytelling and Performance for over 17 years in places like Second City Training Center, The Revival Theater, Stage 773, The Old Town School of Folk Music, iO Chicago, The Improv Retreat, California Shakespeare Festival, and The University of Chicago Lab School. Janna co-founded the Storytelling Program at The Second City Training Center, and is a sought-after coach for storytellers and public speakers. Her clients include Moth Grand Slam winners, TED Talkers, executives, corporate trainers, activist organizers, attorneys and professors.  Janna is Host and Producer of Here, Chicago, a homegrown storytelling and creative community-building event that's been playing to sold-out theaters for 7 years!

For more information (and there is a lot) on Janna please click here.

Sessions/Weekday 8 Mondays
Start/End Date June 4th - July 23rd
Time Slot 6:30pm-9:30pm

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