The Art and Science of Storytelling with Sisonke Msimang

The Art and Science of Storytelling with Sisonke Msimang is a fully online, self-paced course that covers the basics of oral storytelling, made possible with funding from Lotterywest.

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.

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 the 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.

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