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Storytelling from Audience to Zeal: Finding, Crafting, and Telling Great Stories // with Laura Packer

  • 26 Jun 2019
  • 30 Jul 2019
  • Online
  • 12


  • Special rate for support Laura on Patreon.

Early Bird rate ends 2 weeks before class starts.

When we tell and listen to stories we are part of a millennia-long tradition. Humans have always told stories; spoken stories are wired into our brains for community, relationships, and connection, as well as for entertainment.

This workshop is for anyone interested in becoming a better storyteller, whether from the stage, at bedtime, in the office, or elsewhere. While we will focus on stories told live in the moment, this class is helpful for anyone who wants to e a better speaker, writer, communicator, and transformative language artist.

Objectives and goals:

  1. Participants will learn about the history and uses of storytelling.
  2. Participants will develop at least four stories that they can comfortable tell, including one folktale, one personal story, and one scary story. Participants will have the opportunity to practice storytelling during weekly video conferences (to be scheduled).
  3. Participants will explore different places and audiences for storytelling.
  4. Participants will understand how the story triangle works and how they can use it in their own storytelling to develop better stories for specific audiences.
  5. Participants will explore a range of storytelling techniques.
  6. Participants will consider the ethical uses of storytelling.
Required reading: From Audience to Zeal: The ABCs of Finding, Crafting, and Telling a Great Story

Week by Week

Week One: Introduction to live storytelling. History, uses, and the importance of listening. Discuss the story triangle. Explore expectations and why you are taking this class.

Week Two: Personal stories. Appropriate settings to tell, the risks and benefits of using storytelling as therapy, what to do when emotions rise up. Discuss ethics of storytelling. Discuss story structure.

Week Three: Tell personal story. Discuss folktales. Resources, appropriation, selecting the right story for an audience, participatory stories. Research local storytelling options. Discuss how to learn a story so it can be told without paper.

Week Four: Tell folktale. Discuss scary stories and the importance of context. What constitutes a scary story, language and imagery, sensory detail. Discuss storytelling applications and stage fright.

Week Five: Tell scary story. Discuss other kinds of stories including myths, legends, historical, fractured fair tales, literary, spiritual. Storytelling as a honing and clarifying tool for writing and growth.

Week Six: Tell other or favorite from class. Revisit why you took the class and what your next steps will be. Make a commitment with other class member for a future check in and further development if desired.

Who Should Take This Class

This online and video conference class is for people who are interested in learning to tell stories out loud, without notes. This class works well for people who are interested in performance, conquering public speaking, listening, and are willing to take a risk to step outside of their comfort zone within a safe and supportive environment. Participants will get far more out of the class if they can commit to the weekly video calls.


Participants can expect to spend 2-4 hours a week reading assignments, writing in response to prompts, story crafting, telling their own story, watching, and listening to stories from others during a weekly video conference (to be scheduled). Participants will receive and give positive, strengths-based feedback when responding to peers' work.

About the Teacher

Laura Packer is a long-time storyteller, coach, writer, and consultant. She is the author of the definitive guide to storytelling, From Audience to Zeal: The ABCs of Finding, Crafting, and Telling a Great Story. She is co-teaching the TLAN Right Livelihood Professional Training with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. Laura is the winner of many awards including the 2010 National Storytelling Network Oracle Award, the 2012 League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling Brother Blue Award, the 2016 and 2018 Kansas City Fringe Festival Best of Fringe, and the 2017 National Storytelling Network Mentorship Award. Laura performs, runs venues, coaches, writes, and helps individuals find their voice and use their story to make the world a better place. For more information go to laurapacker.com and patreon.com/laurapacker.

"The Transformative Language Arts Network" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Kansas, P.O. Box 442633, Lawrence, KS 66044

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