The Art of Live Storytelling – 2 Day Workshop (The Mosquito Story Slam)

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Date(s) - October 12, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Art of Live Storytelling

The Mosquito Story Slam presents a two-day storytelling workshop, focusing on the tools in crafting an engaging and powerful story. In this workshop you will learn the art of storytelling by turning your own true stories into 5 minutes of intrigue, suspense and entertainment.

The workshop will conclude on Sunday evening with a Student Showcase where you will have the opportunity to tell your story on stage in front of a live audience! In addition, your story will be recorded for you to keep and share.

This workshop will be taught by Mosquito Story Slam producers Vanessa Vartabedian and William Mullin, who will bring their years of storytelling experience to the course.  

During this workshop you will:

  • Learn the basics of good storytelling, including the rules of showing vs. telling, developing the arc of your story, character development and timing
  • Discover what personal events from your life could unfold into great stories for the stage
  • Find the truth, details and pivotal moments in your story
  • Share and brainstorm ideas with peers in a safe and supportive classroom
  • Refine and polish your story for performance
  • Perform your story in front of a live audience
  • Have your story recorded

Course details:

Saturday, October 12 – Sunday October 13 

Saturday, October 12 10am-3pm

Day 1: Storytelling Fundamentals

Comprehensive breakdown of all important elements to a good story. We will have many exercises to jump start your own stories. By the end of the day, each person will have determined the overall arc of their story, and test run them in front of the class.

Sunday, October 13 12pm-4pm

Day 2: Story Refinement and Performance

Class participants come to class with draft stories completed. Through sharing and peer feedback, you will refine your story, readying them for the evening’s class showcase. We review performance fundamentals, including voice projection and managing audience cadence.

Sunday, October 13th, 7-9pm

Class Showcase, Provincetown

Location: Provincetown Commons, 46 Bradford St., Provincetown, MA 02657

Cost: $210 (+fees) 


Contact: Vanessa Vartabedian 857-756-0735
737 West Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
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