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The Art of Performance Storytelling

  • Norwalk Community College 188 Richards Ave Norwalk, CT, 06854 United States (map)

A class for over-50 rising storytellers, those interested in learning how to craft and tell a compelling personal story. The process begins with writing the story down, then reading it aloud to hear what works and what doesn’t, rewriting, doing it all again, and most of all practicing. Provided with guidelines and examples, students will tell their 5-8 minute story in front of the class while being coached to find the true nuggets in the story, the best arc of the story, how to tighten it and bring it full circle, while having fun!

Six Mondays 1:10pm-2:50pm:  3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20

Week 1: Introductions. Exploration of why participants want to learn how to tell a good story. Review of course guidelines. Analysis of what makes a good performance story: Examples of how good performance stories become better stories through the crafting. Homework: Find a topic and draft first effort (written).

Week 2:  Students share topic and first draft effort. Students are encouraged to share input for each others' stories. Facilitator provides constructive feedback, additional great story examples. Homework: Practice!

Weeks 3-5:  Students hone their stories by sharing practiced efforts with continued feedback from fellow students and facilitator. Homework: Practice!

Week 6:  Live Student Tell: students tell their stories with no interruptions to audience of friends & family.

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Later Event: May 5
The Art of Introduction