Art & Technique of Storytelling

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Tuesdays, November 7 to January 23 • 8:00-9:00 pm* on the American East Coast

SOME OTHER TIME ZONES:

5 pm in California

3 pm in Hawaii

1 pm in New Zealand

11 am in Sydney

9 am in Perth

*8:00-9:00 pm - This seminar is primarily a tutorial.  If there is one registrant, we meet for 20 minutes. If there are two, we meet for 40 minutes. If there are 3 to 7 participants, we meet for 60 minutes.


I first taught this course in 1977, a year after I received my doctorate in storytelling.  My mentor, Wayne Rood, asked me to team teach with him at Berkeley, California.  Wayne taught Drama, and I taught Storytelling.  We wove the two together, and it was wonderful.

Many years have passed, and this seminar has gently evolved year to year.  Happily, it is still evolving. As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus wisely said: “You can not step into the same river twice.

I now mentor this basic seminar online, through ‘narrative visualization’. See the right sidebar for details.

This seminar is not only for beginning storytellers, but for experienced tellers with a theatre or literary background who have previously learned the art through the memorization of dramatic scripts or literary texts.

Storytelling is neither a theatrical nor a literary art.  It has its own distinct form, and a master storyteller needs to master the visualization process to be an exciting and effective storyteller. This is traditional storytelling, rooted in the creation of language many millennia ago.

My approach is tutorial.  I never mentor more than seven persons at a time, permiting me to engage my mentees on a one-to-one basis -- in the context of a fellowship with the other six. We are a community on a journey together.

I invite you to join me for a unique approach to learning — or deepening — your skills both as a teller and a listener.


— Robert Béla Wilhelm, Th.D.

Bob Wilhelm at Hay-Adams

 

Our Weekly Online Schedule


November 7 Class 1 • The language of stories: Day-Talk, Night-Talk, Twilight Talk Sample tales from folklore, mythology, and literature

November 14 • Class 2 • The First Door: Images Sample tales from folklore, mythology, and literature

November 21 • Class 3 • The Second Door: Emotions Sample tales from folklore, mythology, and literature

November 28 • Class 4 • The Third Door: Meanings Sample tales from folklore, mythology, and literature

December  5 •  Class 5 •The Fourth Door: Transformation Sample tales from folklore, mythology, and literature

December  12 • Class 6 • The Interactive Dance of Listening & Telling Sample tales from folklore, mythology, and literature

December  19 • Class 7 • The Deep Folkloric Structure of Stories Sample tales from folklore, mythology, and literature

January 2 •  Class 8 • Depth Psychology in Stories and Dreams Sample tales from folklore, mythology, and literature

January 9 • Class 9 • The Craft of Storytelling: “Spinning" a Single Yarn 

January 16 • Master Class in Florida - no seminar

January 23 • Class 10 • The Craft of the Journeyer: “Weaving” the Warp and Weft of a Repertoire  

January 30 • Open date for rescheduling 

 

If you have questions, or would like to register, please contact us here: 


How to Register:

Tuition for the ten sessions is $600.