Storytelling Workshop

Storytelling Workshop

Led by Sophie Snell

Saturday 15th October 2011, 10am – 4pm

Bushwell House

7, Melbourne Road, Newbold, Coleorton

Leics., LE67 8JH

Cost:  £20 

Introductory storytelling workshop designed to give a good overview of the techniques and practise of traditional oral storytelling, suitable for beginners and those who might all ready have dipped their toes in storytelling.

Using participative exercises and games to illustrate and practise how storytelling works, the workshop will include:

  • What is “traditional storytelling?”
  • The difference between “telling” and “reading”;
  • How to find stories to tell – which ones work most easily?
  • How to remember a story
  • Visualisation games and finding images
  • Exploring words and phrases and language play
  • Development of empathy, listening and speaking skills
  • The role of voice, face and body – from “telling” to “performance”.

Please bring a short (5 minutes) traditional story, (folk / fairy tale, myth or legend, or a story of your own that fits into this mould if you prefer), which you feel comfortable working on.

You don’t need to have worked on it or learnt it!

Your story will be used during the afternoon session as the basis for putting into practise what we have covered during the morning.

We’ll supply drinks, but please bring contributions for a shared lunch.


You can book online by clicking the PayPal button below or downloand a booking form




As a follow-on from this workshop, you are very welcome to take part in:


Friday 28th October, 7 pm – 10 pm

Newbold School, Coleorton

This is an evening of storytelling, poetry and music celebrating the Celtic festival of Samhain or its modern counterpart, Halloween.

The first half of the evening will be an “Open Mic”

Slots will be reserved for our workshop participants for 5 minute stories WHICH HAVE RELEVANCE TO THE THEME!

The second part of the evening Sophie Snell will perform THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS a set of stories much acclaimed at previous performances.

Performance is optional and we’ll give you more details during the workshop!

Sophie Snell …

sophie snell storytellerIs a performance storyteller, based in Derby.  She regularly travels throughout the UK to entertain at public events, festivals, storytelling clubs and arts venues. 

Over the last year she has worked on storytelling projects for CineMagic and the UK Film Council, Cadbury’s, Chipping Campden Literature Festival and the National Trust’s Kedleston Hall. 

In 2010 she toured SW Ireland headlining the “Stories from the Hearth” Festival and took her show “Seven Deadly Sins” to the Buxton Festival Fringe where it was nominated for 2 awards under “Spoken Word” and “New Writing”.

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