Welcome to the Monday 7th Dec 2020

webpage of the



"Storytelling by and for Adults"


            (occurring via Zoom)


                    Presented by

          World Storytelling Institute



This is a series of Open-mic

Storytelling sessions.


The sessions are usually held

on the first Monday of each month

beginning at 6pm India time.

(If you are not in India, you could

determine the starting time in your

time zone at

www.thetimezoneconverter.com .)


For the past seven years (starting in

2013), this series occurred in a Cafe

Coffee Day in Chennai.  Now it is

occurring via Zoom videoconference.


Participating Storytellers are

requested to

1) tell stories that are especiallly

meant for adult listeners,


2) consider telling in the

"Candid" Storytelling Style

during at least parts of their



Admission is free.


If you have not yet attended a session

in this series -- to register to attend the

the sessions, please send an email to






6th July 2020 session --

Links to recordings are here.


3rd August 2020 session --

Links to recordings are here.


7th Sept 2020 session --

Links to recordings are here.


5th Oct 2020 session -- 

Links to recordings are here.


2nd Nov 2020  session --

Links to recordings are here.



Upcoming sessions



Monday 4th Jan 2021.


Feb 2021 -- Chennai Storytelling Festival 2021,

the 9th annual edition of the Festival.


Monday, 8th March 2021.


Monday, 5th April 2021.


Monday, 3rd May 2021.





"Storytelling by and for Adults"


            Monday 7th Dec 2020




Donna Dudinsky tells

"The Pear Farmer"

(a folktale).



Maricris Basto tells

"In Memory of the Merman who Wooed

my Great Grandma"

(a personal-experience story).



Hanna Sender tells

"A Healing Story"

(an original creative story).



Sudhir Pathak tells

"You Always Have a Choice"

(a personal-experience story).



Jackson Gillman tells

"The Lion and the Mouse” (a fable),

"A Tale of One City, by Two Men” (a parable), and

"It is the Same Boy" (an original creative story).



Xina Mercken tells

"Heaven or Hell?"

(a personal-experience story).







Here are some "Storytelling via Videoconference"

tips and suggestions:



There is no substitute for being very familiar

with the story one is going to tell, for knowing

the story inside and out.  In addition to practicing

telling it to friends and family members, you could:

A) draw the events of the story, and/or B) write out

the story.  But -- the fewer words you memorise,

the better. And of course please do not read the

story aloud this coming Monday.  Please seek to see

and feel the various parts of the story, and let your

words arise on their own, in improvised ways.



Before and during your performance: Visualise

the story situations -- and use words, tone of voice,

facial expressions, gestures, etc, to help your listeners

also visualise these situations.



Alternate between speaking as the narrator, and

speaking as characters.  As much as possible,

speak as the characters -- let the characters speak

for themselves. Use unique ways of speaking and

moving for each character.



Take your time.  Do not rush.  Take pauses, to let

things sink in.  Alternate between: A) Loud / soft.

B) High pitch / low pitch.  C) Fast / slow.



Think about what is a key "meaning", a key "point",

of the story for you -- and build your performance

around this.



Think about what is a key "turning point" of the

story for you -- and build your performance around this.



Consider the emotions that arise as you tell the story. 

If you feel these emotions, your listeners would also.



Alternate between looking at viewers' images, and

looking into the camera (which gives your viewers

the impression of eye contact with you). You might

set your Zoom window to "Gallery view" as you tell,

or you might "pin" one listener's image (magnifying it),

so you could tell especially to this person.



Notes about the "Candid" storytelling style are at

http://storytellinginstitute.org/candid.html .

You might slip into and out of this style as you tell.


Please keep in mind --


_____ You have up-to-10-minutes to tell your

story. Immediately after this, there would be

up-to-10-minutes of (appreciative) discussion

about the story and the way you told it, and

possibly some role-playing with story characters

_____ The role-playing may involve me, you,

and/or others (imaginatively, and very respectfully)

speaking to and as characters in story that has

just been told. We do this to further immerse

ourselves in the stories. This activity often leads

to interesting discoveries about the stories, and

our reactions to them.