Filling the Pantry: Generating Ideas and Mining For Material in Personal Storytelling (June 2016)
One of the most frequent complaints of newer storytellers is that they "have no stories," or "don't know what to talk/write about." This obstacle is understandable. How can you cook a meal if you don't take the time to gather some groceries first?
In this intensive 3-hour workshop, we will generate material for personal stories through exercises, paired telling, and work with unique prompts. We will also discuss and experiment with strategies and practices, including those of master storytellers, for continuing to mine for material on your own after our time together ends.
If you commit fully to the session, you will leave the workshop with the inspiration for at least a dozen potential new stories and a plan for generating material in the future.
No experience is necessary, and this workshop will be useful to the complete newbie as well as the more seasoned teller.
As with all classes in this series, a safe, encouraging environment will be provided, where confidentiality, individual goals, and varying comfort levels are fully respected.
Scott Whitehair is the host and producer of This Much Is True, creator of Story Lab Chicago, and founder of Do Not Submit Chicago. He has told stories anywhere somebody will listen, including The Steppenwolf,Second City, The Green Mill, National Public Radio, Risk! Podcast, Write Club, Here's the Story, Grown Folks Stories, Story Club, Paper Machete, 2nd Story, and Real Talk Live, to name just a few. Scott is a 2x MothSLAM Chicago winner and Runner-Up at The 2012 Windy City Story Slam All-City Championships, and has participated in The Printer's Row Lit Festival, Fillet of Solo Festival, Rhino Fest, Chicago Improv Festival, The Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival, and The Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference. He is also the producer of The 25th & 43rd Annual Chicago's Biggest Liar Contests and Adult Education at The Acorn. He has taught sold-out monthly classes since 2012, and has done training for such organizations as Blue Cross/Blue Shield, RW Baird, Chicago Cares, Loews Hotels, The UIC Booth School of Business, and many others. Scott recently was appointed to the Board of Directors for the National Storytelling Network, taught a week long course at All Hallows College in Dublin, Ireland, and was the featured instructor at Hong Kong Story Worthy Week, which was headlined by David Sedaris.
Strict no refund policy.
4705 N. Talman Avenue Unit G
Chicago, IL 60625
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