Another great workshop with the participants last night, but a hard one. Last night's workshop was about developing the story, considering who your audience is, where you will be telling, and how to convey the story.
A storyteller has more than just their voice to convey words, so last night we packed a lot in looking at the three key tools of a storyteller: Their body (how to use it to express points or characters, or actions, how to locate sections of the story and objects within it); their voice (the tonal range, sound effects and different character voices and whether telling from the narrator, character, or self voice) and the words they use (be it poetic, heighten, contemporary, kennings, tripling, alliteration).
Participants worked hard finding some elements easier than others, but there are three distinct stories forming, each participant taking their own creative path. They have been rather ambitious with their stories and given themselves a lot of work to do. For this project they could have taken an easier path, but all have embraced a level of in-depth investigation I never expected, but one which does most demonstrate the level a working storyteller must engage with.
I couldn't be more delighted with how the workshops are going, and truly looking forward to revealing the finished pieces at the exhibition.
Sometimes known as storyteller Red Phoenix, Terrie has been a storyteller since 2004, and run her own storytelling and performing arts company since 2007. In 2016 she began a PhD in applied storytelling and heritage exploring how storytelling as heritage can impact on the sense of place experienced by residents in Milton Keynes in England.