Storytelling Workshop for Adults
Would you like to improve your abilities --
To captivate your audience,
both emotionally and intellectually?
To arrest and hold your listeners' attentions
as you paint pictures with words and gestures,
and weave unforgettable tales
about thrilling adventures?
If yes, this Workshop is for you!
Participants would especially be coached
to tell in the "Candid" Storytelling style.
Sometimes storytellers tell rapidly
and at a steady pace due to a fear that
if they might, for example, take pauses,
they might lose their "train of thought"
and/or their listeners might "walk away."
But this is an illusion. Pauses could
draw listeners further into the telling if
one is telling well --
1) knowing the story very well,
2) visualising the images,
3) feeling the emotions, and
4) being illuminated by one's sense
of the meaning of the story.
Also good to keep in mind:
* Storytelling is not just for teaching
(with the the teller being goal- and results-
* Storytelling is also for activating listeners'
imaginations (encouraging listeners to
wonder and wander, and to visualise and
to think for themselves).
This Workshop's approach to story
is inspired especially by Dr Carl Jung's work with
Symbols, Archetypes, and the Collective Unconscious.
For Additional Info and to Register:
10 weekly sessions. Sundays -- 7pm-9pm India time.
One could determine the Workshop timings
in other time zones at
The dates for the March-May 2023 edition of the
1) Introduction (12 March 2023).
2) Creating Stories (19 March).
Note: A focus of this edition of the workshop is going to be on using Depth Psychology techniques of Carl Jung and others to access from one's personal and collective unconscious material that one could use to create stories.
3) Animal Fables (26 March).
5) Personal-experience Stories (9 April).
6) Fairytales (16 April).
7) Epics, Myths, and Historical Stories (23 April).
8) Storytellings by Participants (30 April).
9) Storytellings by Participants (7 May).
10) Storytellings by Participants (14 May).
Links to 20 of Dr Eric's essays relating to
storytelling are here.
Links to recordings of 22 storytelling-related
videoconferences Dr Eric has co-facilitated
For info regarding Dr Eric's experience with using Videoconferencing to give training in Storytelling,
please click here.
Please especially see the 12-page section of
Storytelling Magazine that Dr Eric guest-
edited in 2017, titled, "Ways Storytellers are
Included in this Workshop --
Training in "Ways to conduct Workshops,
Courses, and Festivals via Videoconference."
The Workshop fee (for the 10 two-hour sessions)
is Rs 15,000.
For possible payment methods,
please contact the WSI at
This Workshop is designed especially for Parents,
Educators, Human Resource Trainers, Therapists,
Social Workers, Performers, Creative Writers,
Tour Guides, Home-Schooling Parents, Professional
Storytellers -- and People interested in becoming
any of the above.
The Workshop would be led by
Dr Eric Miller (PhD in Folklore),
Director, World Storytelling Institute,
The World Storytelling Institute's webpage is
Dr Eric's webpage,
containing links to 82 of his writings, is
Links to 19 of these writings
that relate directly to Storytelling are at
Links to 91 newspaper and magazine articles
relating to Dr Eric's work are here -- including
an article about this Workshop.
To discuss the Workshop, and to register,
Two aspects of Storytelling are: the stories themselves; and ways of telling the stories. Workshop topics include:
Types of Stories.
Finding and Creating Stories.
Elements of Stories.
Symbols and Metaphors in Stories.
Story and Place.
Story and Community.
Story and the Past.
Story and the Future.
Storytelling and Personality Development.
Freudian and Jungian analysis of Fairytales.
Therapeutic Uses of Storytelling.
Using Storytelling to Teach Academic Subjects.
Vocal and physical warm-ups.
Breathing/Singing/Moving and Storytelling.
Role-playing by tellers and listeners.
Psychological, verbal, and physical audience-participation.
Stylized speech and movement -- by the narrator, and by story characters.
Timing, pacing, and rhythm; striking a pose; pauses.
Story Mapping / Painting / Drawing.
Storytelling accompanied by Illustrations, Puppets, and Props.
Ways of Coaching Storytelling.
Using stories in inspirational speeches.
Using stories in sales pitches.
Facilitating Story Contests, and Storytelling Festivals.
Storytelling is a form of Public Speaking that may also feature some Acting (when one role-plays and speaks as charatcters). Thus, this is a Workshop in Public Speaking and Acting.
Storytelling for Discovery,
Inspiration, Development, and Transformation
of one's self is one of the Workshop topics. There would be also an introduction to the
field of "Storytelling Therapy" / "Therapeutic Uses of
Storytelling" / "Storytelling for Healing."
each story is told,
"Does the story remind you of any of your own experiences, or of any
1) Storytelling for Teaching and Learning.
2) Storytelling for Therapy, Healing, Personality
Development, and Soft / Life / Communication Skills Training.
Facilitating storytelling festivals.
Writings by Dr
Eric relating to Storytelling
"Storytelling and Interactive
Workshop participants would receive Certificates of Participation in the Workshop.
Graduates of the 10-session Workshop could also earn Certification as a Professional Storyteller.
This process consists of,
1) The Trainee prepares and tells seven stories to Dr Eric, who gives feedback. The Trainee then also tells these stories to his/her chosen type of audience (children, adults, etc), and leads discussions with her listeners about the stories and the ways they were told.
2) The Trainee plans a Storytelling Workshop (one or more sessions), with assistance from Dr Eric. The Trainee then conducts at least one session of this Workshop with the Trainee's chosen type of students.
3) The Trainee writes a few pages about each of these experiences, and discusses these thoughts with Dr Eric.
The coaching process with Dr Eric occurs along the way via phone, videoconference, email, etc, and/or in-person (at the WSI's space in Alwarpet).
The process occurs over approx two months.
The fee for this training and certification process is Rs 7,000.
Versions of the above-described Workshop could be designed for any duration, for any group size, for people of any age and profession, and to occur in-person or via videoconference.