Learn the art of live storytelling from a Moth performer, New York Times-Bestselling humorist, and actress
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In life and in business, it’s important to know the art of storytelling. Learn how to carry an audience with you into the heart of a true story.
Telling stories allows us to process experiences, widen perspectives across different demographics, encourage empathy and community among students, communicate effectively in the business world, and sets the stage for us to create supportive spaces where people listen to one another without interruption. Embrace the liberating power of being able to tell a true story with skill, confidence, and authority.
Annabelle Gurwitch is a much lauded storyteller and performer. In addition to being a New York Times bestselling author, Annabelle has appeared on The Moth, NPR, Oprah, Real Time With Bill Maher; hosted television series for HBO, TBS, and Discovery Channel; given talks at Google, TEDx, The Carter Center, SXSW; and written pieces for The New Yorker and many publications. Whether onstage or in print, she has demonstrated her ability to command a wide audience through the storyteller’s art.
This week is for storytellers, writers, teachers, performers, students, executives, and anyone who wants to understand the dynamics of crafting a story that’s concise and compelling; one that allows you to make an authentic connection with the hearer.
You’ll find the confidence to tell your story before an audience. Learn how to give the hearer an immediate connection to you and your story through an effective first line, quickly compel them with the stakes and the unique journey embodied in your story, and how to focus it with your ending in mind so that the story moves with a clear trajectory to a powerful and resonant finish. Examine how to stay on theme and on track, embrace humor in telling even in communicating on themes of grave import, and create a solid outline that gives you the freedom and confidence to relay the story conversationally.
Participants will pitch stories to the class. With Annabelle’s guidance, you will create an outline for a five-minute story, brainstorm comedic and empathetic opportunities, revise, and practice your delivery. She’ll share her secrets for commanding attention and owning a stage as a solo performer. Leave the week with the new life-long skill of being able to make your stories connect!
Instructor: Annabelle Gurwitch
Annabelle Gurwitch is a performer and a New York Times-bestselling author. Her most recent book is Wherever You Go, There They Are: stories about my family you might relate to. Her other books include I See You Made an Effort (a New York Times bestseller and Thurber Prize finalist); You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up (co-authored with Jeff Kahn), and Fired! which was also a Showtime Comedy Special. She’s written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, McSweeney's, Real Simple, Marie Claire, The Nation.com, Salon, The Hollywood Reporter, Time.com, and many other publications.