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Centre for Stories

The Art and Science of Storytelling with Sisonke Msimang

Learn the art of storytelling on your own schedule. Expert story trainer Sisonke Msimang presents a fully online, self-paced oral storytelling course.
1 hr course — $165 — Available all-year round

Centre for Stories is pleased to launch our first ever online storytelling course. The Art and Science of Storytelling with Sisonke Msimang is a fully online, self-paced course that covers the basics of oral storytelling.

Working on the principle that every one of us have a story to tell, this course is about the art and science of oral storytelling. Learn to tell stories in ways that are authentic to you, and suited to your personality and style. Each module focuses on a different aspect of thinking about, practising and then telling your own story. Through a series of exercises, you’ll learn about the different elements of a story, how to structure your own experiences to make meaning out of them, and how to determine if a story is ready to be told yet. Whether you’re looking to boost your confidence on the stage, you need help making more interesting and personal work presentations, or you’re simply honing your craft as a writer and performer, this course is for you.

“Sisonke is wonderful to work with. She listens, she mentors and then empowers you to tell your story in an engaging and memorable way. Sisonke has helped me to adapt a story based on statistics and theoretical frameworks into a person friendly message about arts engagement and its positive impact on mental wellbeing. Thanks so much Sisonke – you are amazing! I’m so happy to have worked with you.”

– Dr Christina Davies, University of Western Australia

About the trainer

This course is facilitated by Centre for Stories’ head story trainer, Sisonke Msimang. Sisonke is the author of Always Another Country and The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela. She has written for a range of international publications including the New York Times and the Washington Post. She has been a regular storyteller and facilitator for The Moth and TED, and was the Literature and Ideas curator for Perth Festival in 2019 and 2020. At Centre for Stories, Sisonke facilitates storytelling training workshops in one-on-one and group formats to empower people to share their stories and develops the Centre’s storytelling training resources.

About the course

This course is structured as a series of seven modules. Each module contains an instructional video that ranges from three minutes to twenty minutes. Some modules also contain a downloadable worksheet or handout that you will work through during each session. In total, the course contains just over one hour of video content. All videos are captioned. You can complete the course in one go or spread it out over a few weeks. We encourage you to go at a pace that feels comfortable to you, giving yourself enough time to think through your story and take in all of the theoretical content.

This course has been made possible with funding from Lotterywest.

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Enrollment validity: 120 days
Last Updated: 5 April 2023
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