The Truth Set Free: a storytelling workshop

The Universe is made of stories, not atoms. – Muriel Rukeyser

 Turn your coffee talk into art. If you are a writer or interested in writing; if you are a performer or just keen on the stage; if you have a story to tell or wish you did, come play! This workshop is the antidote to the untold story.

In the spirit and style of the Moth Radio Hour and the Moth Storytelling Slams featured on NPR and themoth.org, this workshop will help you shape your personal, real-life stories to shock, amuse, stimulate, persuade, and more. We will work on writing that is meant to be heard. Your stories, ordinary or extraordinary, can become a yarn to keep an audience’s rapt attention.

The Truth Set Free: a storytelling workshop

four Tuesdays: October 2, 9, 16 & 23

6:00-7:45pm

Lilly Library Meeting Room, Florence

$25 drop-in charge for any single sessions; $80 for the series

res and info: montereyboundATgmailDOTcom
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There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you. ― Zora Neale Hurston

 Telling stories is what we do as humans. Finding the dramatic peaks and valleys in a story to connect with people and build in them (and us) an emotional response is what we do as artists. Through conversation on relevant topics and hands-on writing exercises, we will work toward blending these two worlds.

In this workshop we will:

  • discuss the interplay of spoken and written word
  • practice “ways in” to writing and finding our story
  • work on timing and delivery
  • discover the value of what we have to say and the confidence to say it
  • play with the art of detail to speed up or slow down a story
  • debate how crafting a story of an event changes that event and how that relates to things like bias and “fact”
  • hopefully surprise ourselves with our conclusions

Bring: a notebook, something to write with, your willingness to engage.

A story, we sense, is the only possible habitation for the burden of our witnessing. – Patricia Hampl

 

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