Speak Up co-founder and 16-time Moth StorySLAM and GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks will be teaching a day-long workshop on the art of storytelling. This is a workshop designed for people with little or no any previous storytelling experience and seeks to meet the goals of a wide range of participants. While many workshop graduates have gone on to tell stories on stage for Speak Up, The Moth, and other storytelling organizations, most students take this beginner-level workshop with no desire to ever take the stage. People want to learn about storytelling for personal and professional development, to meet new people, to improve communication skills, to develop their writing ability, to challenge themselves, to finally get the attention of grandchildren and colleagues, and to try something new.
Included in this workshop will be:
- Methods for generating ideas for stories from your life experiences (you have more stories than
- Games designed to generate new story ideas, develop the ability to speak extemporaneously,
and apply the skills taught in the class
- Structuring an effective story
- The force of gravity and stakes in a story
- Development of humor
- Development of suspense
- Performance techniques
- The 17 Most Important Rules of Storytelling
In addition to the modeling of stories, direct instruction, and interactive components, participants will
be invited to (but not required to) develop a story of their own that will be presented to the class for critique.
Registration is $85 for CHS Members and $95 for non-members. There will be a one-hour lunch break, but lunch is not provided.
Register online here.