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The Craft of Personal Narrative

8-week Class, held on Tuesday from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm PST

October 19 - December 7

Sliding scale, $50-$150

Have you ever listened to a Storytelling podcast like the Moth and thought to yourself, "I would like to do that - but I never could?"  

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Well, let me lay down some absolute truth.

  • You ABSOLUTELY have a story in you (we all do)

  • With a little guidance and technique, you can ABSOLUTELY craft that story

  • Through technique, encouragement, & practice, you can ABSOLUTELY share that story with the world

In The Craft of Personal Narrative, you will discover and craft your personal narrative and deliver it as part of a final live-streamed showcase. 

 

If you are feeling ready to step up and out, no better place to do it than in an encouraging group.  

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Who is The Craft of Personal Narrative For?
It is for YOU, if you have...

  • A strong desire to tell your personal story

  • Courage to be open, honest, and authentic in sharing your story with others

  • Excitement to unearth, craft, and share stories that have significance for you and resonate with the audience

  • Willingness to receive coaching and direction

  • Curiosity to experience the specific techniques of storytelling utilized for this class

  • Interest in sharing your story aloud (this is not a writing class but a storytelling class)
  • Hope that your story could help others find connection, healing, and belonging
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Brian Haimbach, Teacher, Writer, Performer

This course provided excellent basics on story structure with lots of hands-on exercises. The opportunity to present stories in VERY stress-free environments helps all storytellers grow.

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Kim Kelly, Oregon Insurance Lady, LLC

I was blown away by Erica’s ability as the instructor to quickly assess truth from bravado in order to cause us to get to the core of the story.

What do you get in
The Craft of Personal Narrative?

ORal Storytelling Techniques

Learn how to:

  • Find the stories that you need to share

  • Structure the narrative arc of your story

  • Trust the story within

  • Devise your story through collaboration

  • Identify patterns and themes within your story

  • Use humor to approach difficult subjects and keep the audience interested

  • Use your  body and voice to tell the story

Whole Group & Individual Coaching

The 8-week class will include:

  • Eight sessions that include:

  • Five collaborative whole-group sessions

  • One, 50-minute personal coaching session with Erica

  • Final showcase

  • Final debrief session

  • A supportive group of brave storytellers

 share your story live-streamed

May 13 from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm PST

  • Tell your 5-7-minute story to a live audience

  • Practice risk-taking and develop confidence

  • Incorporate mindfulness techniques to stay in the moment and keep your story honest

Note: This is a storytelling class and not a writing class, comedy routine, essay, angry rant, or eulogy.  By signing up for the class, you agree to attend all sessions. Personal coaching sessions will be scheduled individually outside of the class meeting time. The class is limited to six adults (18+). All classes held on Zoom.  

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In addition to the group & individual sessions,

you will receive:

#1: Weekly storytelling exercises to practice at home

#2: Weekly mindfulness practices to boost confidence

#3: Creative Flow Meditation

"Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them. I suppose it’s an early form of participation in what goes on. Listening children know stories are there. When their elders sit and begin, children are just waiting and hoping for one to come out, like a mouse from its hole.”

-- Eudora Welty, short story writer

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Questions for You

  • How would you feel after you took a risk and courageously shared your story with others?  What in your life might change as a result?
     

  • How would working with a supportive group of brave creative people benefit your life today? 
     

  • What would a bit more connection and collaboration do you for you that isn't happening now?
     

  • What might shift for you in your life if you had a bit more confidence to share your authentic, badass, amazing story and self?

Recap of what you will gain from
The Craft of Personal Narrative

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"There is no greater agony than bearing an
untold story inside you."

--Maya Angelou, poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist

  • Learn & practice the ancient craft of oral storytelling

  • Connect, collaborative, and be inspired by other risk-taking storytellers

  • Get comfortable being uncomfortable

  • Have a prepared story or stories that you can share at a storytelling event or with your family

  • Learn the basic art of the narrative arc

  • Develop a cache of moments to turn into stories

  • Share your story and connect with a live-streamed audience

  • A storyteller, performer, and creativity coach as a guide

Meet Erica Towe

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As an actor and storyteller for over 25 years, I wasn't always confident in sharing my work with others.  I liked to keep my stories hidden under my bed, free from perceived judgment. 

 

However, by learning to make friends with my inner critic, practicing story-crafting, and taking risks to share my stories aloud with people, I now have much more confidence to share my work.  Also, instead of finding judgment from others, I found deeper connections. 

 

I also have found that through the sharing of my stories, I have grown stronger in my own sense of self and identity - which continues to make it easier to share my stories and work with the world.

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Katie Dahill, Stay-At-Home-Mom

Erica took my stories and helped me turn them into something I felt proud to show to others. I am so grateful for her knowledge and her willingness to help me navigate story telling so I was able to grow. 

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Jane Irola, Storyteller in the Making

The course helped me reach out and connect with people on a deeper level, learn how to share my stories in order to help my audience, and hone and polish my story.

More about Erica...

  • I have been telling stories to my nieces, nephews, friends, strangers, and animal companions since I could talk.  I am an actor, performer, writer, producer, director, and host.   I have my BA in Theatre and Communications.  A few highlight performances for me have been Honey in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Catherine in Proof, goddesses in Trojan Women, and an ensemble member in Mr. Tom's Magical Moombah Children's Variety Show.
     

  • I am a certified teacher and have my Master's in Education and have been teaching high school Language Arts and Theatre for 10 years in public schools and internationally. 
     

  • I am an avid believer in the power of community education.  I have been teaching script analysis and improv classes at the Oregon Contemporary Theatre and improv classes at Lane Community College since 2015.  A few recent past credits include Producer of the Northwest 10-Minute Play Festival and former board member of Curtain Call For All (healing for people and families who have or had a loved one with suicide ideations).
     

  • I am licensed as a trainer to lead applied improv workshops to help people apply the rules of improv comedy to their creative work to more easily say yes, and...to their work, be open to the present moment and what is wanting to be told, be flexible, surrender attachment to the goal, and just show up.

Learn More About Erica ​

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People who share their stories do not have a better story to tell.  They are not smarter.  They are not more clever

 

They just have learned the craft of personal narrative, decided one day to take a risk, and then just went for it.