A Vivid Ideas session at UON Sydney hosted by Julie Mundy-Taylor

Vivid Ideas: Using Oral Storytelling for Creativity

Friday, 26 May 2017, 05:00 pm — Friday, 26 May 2017, 07:00 pm


This Communication workshop is part of the Vivid Ideas 2017 program and is offered as a ‘taster’ course open to all members of the public. Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas, featuring some of the world’s most important creative industry forums.

Recently the term “storytelling” has been used across all types of creative endeavours: writing, film making, advertising, and company brand building. But what does storytelling mean in the traditional sense, when one person shares one or more stories with a live audience? Sydney events such as The Web – Tales told Live, Tell Me A Story, and The Moth – True Stories Told Live have harnessed this growing interest in oral storytelling. Where do the storytellers obtain their stories and how do they acquire the skills to present those stories in an engaging way? This session will answer those questions.

This storytelling workshop will use a highly interactive and fun workshop format to explore the art of oral storytelling and how it can be harnessed in a 21st century context. It will lift the cloak of mystery that surrounds “professional storytelling” and make it accessible to everyone who wants to tap into their own innate storytelling ability.
Learning Aims

This storytelling workshop will delve into both the “Why” and the “How” of oral storytelling. We will explore what makes storytelling such a powerful communication tool. We will look at the different styles of storytelling and how stories are structured. Using real examples of oral storytelling and interactive activities we will create our own stories and learn how they can be used in any context to engage, excite and impart deeper understanding.

People attending this storytelling workshop will learn where to locate stories and ideas, how to create and mould a story for different purposes and how to share a story effectively. Story presentation skills of voice, pitch, gesture and body movement will be explored and practiced. There will be many opportunities to share draft stories with others in the session. You will leave the session with at least one draft story prepared and the seeds for many others. You will have resources for seeking other story ideas and public domain stories that can be adapted for your own particular storytelling needs.

Course Content

This Communication course will introduce the following topics:

Why tell stories

  • Innate love of stories
  • Storytelling and the brain

Finding a story to tell

  • Existing stories
  • Personal stories

Crafting your story

  • Story structure
  • Emotional content

Presenting your story

  • Body language
  • Voice projection
  • Audience triangle

Moving forward

  • Resources
  • Storytelling organisations

Intended Audience

This storytelling workshop is suitable for all members of the public aged 18 or above. Those interested in a more intensive course should see our Storytelling Course: Using Oral Storytelling to Engage, Communicate and Inspire.

Delivery Style

This storytelling course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of a instructor lead lecture, group and individual activities.

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This course is $20. Enrol Now.