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Live Storytelling Workshop (Spring 2019)

  • 18 Mar 2019
  • 06 May 2019
  • 8 sessions
  • 18 Mar 2019, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 25 Mar 2019, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 01 Apr 2019, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 08 Apr 2019, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 15 Apr 2019, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 22 Apr 2019, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 29 Apr 2019, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 06 May 2019, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Chicago Dramatists
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Live Storytelling Workshop
with Instructor Janna Sobel 

Live Storytelling is a trendy new form of spoken-word performance, occurring in theaters, bars, house events and all over public radio. But it is also the oldest form of performance there is. Storytelling belongs to all of us, and it lives in our DNA. This class helps you remember how to do it brilliantly. The 8-week workshop empowers writers, stand-up comedians, leaders, public speakers - everyone! - to tell compelling, entertaining personal stories. We use the 5-10 minute format of popular live storytelling events, and give you tools to bring your truth and presence to the stage with confidence, skill, and joy. 

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

  • apply narrative structure to personal stories
  • use dramatic elements to heighten tension and raise stakes
  • use sensory and descriptive detail to bring listeners into a moment
  • theatricalize stories with character, humor and staging
  • hone your unique voice
  • be emotionally honest
  • tell the (sometimes challenging, always important!) truth
  • interact beautifully with an audience
  • honor time limits, and accomplish what you want within any venue's parameters
  • start and end strong

    Classes consist of playful games and exercises that are skill-building and generative, followed by inquiry and discussion. Students will also perform and receive feedback each week. Each student will craft and revise three different stories over the course of the term. 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!

    Prerequisite: None

    For more information on Janna, please click here.

    Sessions/Weekday 8 Mondays
    Start/End Date Mar 18 - May 6
    Time Slot 6:30pm-9:30pm

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