Storytelling: tell your personal story

Course Dates: 16/01/24 - 19/03/24
Time: 16:30 - 18:15
Location: Keeley Street
Tell your own personal story to others, and in so doing gain some perspective on how past events have shaped your life and how they will affect your future, while at the same time inspiring and informing others about life choices. The course will take place in a safe environment in the college.
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Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00

Course Code: DVP061

Tue, day, 16 Jan - 19 Mar '24

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The process involves the construction of your personal story which is then available for your use in a variety of ways. Honouring your own lived experience by framing it within a clear narrative can become much more than a therapeutic sharing but may inspire or educate others. The course will take place in the college.

What will we cover?

How stories work, why they are effective, the many different types of ‘Story’, the principles of ’Structure’, and important aspects of Performance Delivery, which will help you in sharing your own story.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Tell your Story to a supportive group of like-minded people to inspire and inform.

• Use your personal story for your own purposes to reflect on and evaluate how it has impacted your life. By framing your own experience, and exploring ways of sharing it, you can open pathways for future creative development.

• Be aware of the Power of ’Story’, and the potential for using your own story in a number of possible settings. Story has become the new buzzword for many professions.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is open to everyone.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Group pair and individual work as directed by the tutor. Some planning for the next class may be required. The course will take place in the college.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Notebook and pen.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Any other Voice or Presentation course- particularly Storytelling for Business and Pleasure
Please refer to our
full sequence of voice and speech classes at City Lit (click here) as you consider which area you would like to study next.

John Eastman

John Eastman is a storytelling consultant, facilitator, and commercial voiceover artist. He spent many years as an actor in London - he toured the UK as Polonius in Hamlet and performed the lead in Ionesco’s The Lesson (Jury Prize, International Festival, Bucharest) - but now spends more time as a freelance teaching artist. After drama training in Queensland, Australia, John moved to London and completed his MA in Education from Central School of Speech and Drama. He has worked on many diverse education projects, as well as lecturing at London Contemporary College of the Arts and Brunel University. Ongoing projects include Royal National Theatre (Teaching Associate), event support work with Simply Simply, working with presentations at conferences and more recently Clod Ensemble (Health Sector Support) and working as a tutor with Microsoft. He has an active presence on Linked-In, and continues to perform storytelling upon request. He has been teaching Storytelling for Business and Pleasure at City Lit since 2010.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.