The Mini Workshops

Master the magic of storytelling. Storytelling is an art that you can learn through practice and the application of story techniques. 

We offer short workshops to help you hone your skills and to practice one story in your story library.

Join one or all of our mini workshops to become a master storyteller. 


Finding Stories

Discover stories from your own life…

We often want to tell more personal stories but are not sure where to get them. Do you question whether your life has been exciting enough to hold the attention of others? Or maybe you know it has, but you still have trouble coming up with story ideas.

Story coach Melody Ann will lead you through exercises to help you find your own stories and give you ideas on how to cultivate and keep track of story. Walk away with a repertoire of story ideas you can keep in your story library to work on over time.

Bring paper and pens along with your ideas and memories!

Next workshop: January 10th @ 4pm     Cost: Free            Get tickets


Know Your Why

Why do humans even tell stories in the first place? We have story coded into our very essence. We all tell stories, all day, every day… to ourselves and to others. And we consume stories like we can’t get enough. Because we can’t.

How does knowing youstorytelling workshopsr why help you become a better storyteller? Often when a storytelling is struggling with their story, it is because they haven’t explored their why. Knowing your why will bring clarity to your story and help you develop it for an audience.

Join Melody for a one-hour mini session and learn how knowing your why helps you craft better stories. 

Bring a story to work on as you will have a chance to work on your story.

Next workshop: January 17th @ 4pm      Cost: $12.00      Get tickets


The Shift

By the time you bring the audience to the end of the story, you want them to know what has changed. Is it the character? The world? Or both? Sometimes a storyteller knows the shift so deeply and so personally, that they forget to bring it to the forefront.

When we bring our audience to the shift but don’t spell it out, they get to experience the shift with us.

Join Melody to talk about shift and how to bring the shift to the audience without the sledgehammer.

Bring a story to work on as you will have a chance to work on your story.

Next workshop: January 24th @ 4pm     Cost $12.00     Buy tickets


Tension Makes the Story

Tension comes from Latin and means ‘to stretch’ In storytelling, we want to stretch things to the right level of tension, too little and the tension isn’t palpable and too much and the tension breaks. Join me to learn how to find the right balance.

There are so many ways to create tension in a story. In this one-hour session, we will discuss a few ways to up the tension in your story, without breaking it and losing your audience.

Bring a story to work on as you will have a chance to work on your story.

Next workshop: January 31st @ 4pm      Cost: $12.00      Buy tickets


Evoking Empathy 

Empathy is crucial in storytelling. The best way to create empathy is to let the audience build it for themselves. The question is, how to do that? And that is the question we will answer in this mini workshop.

Bring a story to work on as you will have a chance to work on your story.

Next workshop: February 7th @ 4pm     Cost: $12.00


Sensory Experience in Story

Have you everstorytelling workshops forgotten you were in the theatre? The best movies pull us in and let us live the experience with the characters.

Storytelling is about bringing the experience of the story to the audience. Otherwise, you might as well be on the stand stating the facts. Let’s face it court trials aren’t as exciting as they make them out to be on the big screen. 

In this hour, Melody will lead you through an exercise to help your stories come alive.

Bring a story to work on as you will have a chance to work on your story.

Next workshop: February 14th @ 4pm     Cost: $12.00


Poetry of Words

Many storytellers use too many words, give too much information, leaving the audience wanting for less. How can taking out things make your story more interesting? And what should you take out and leave in? Using the idea of Poetry of Words, join Melody to find out what storytellers can learn from poets.

Poets is powerful yet poets use few words to express themselves, the fewer the better. Storytellers can adopt a mindset of a poet to create powerful stories that audiences love.

Bring a story to work on as you will have a chance to work on your story.

Next workshop: February 21st @ 4pm     Cost: $12.00


Emotional Fluidity

Even in dark stories, you need a range of emotions. Humans are emotional beings and we can switch from one emotion to another instantly. Instead of sticking to one major emotion, bring emotional fluidity to your story. Your audience will laugh, cry and stamp their feet for more.

Join Melody for a mini workshop to bring a roller coaster ride of emotions to your stories.

Bring a story to work on as you will have a chance to work on your story.

Next workshop: February 28th @ 4pm     Cost: $12.00


Circling Back

As an audience member, you have likely felt incredibly satisfied at the end of a story that used this technique. Even if you couldn’t put your finger on why. Circling back is the idea of bringing something in the story full circle: whether a turn of phrase, a concept, or an interaction.storytelling workshops

Some stories beg for this technique and other stories just don’t work this way. Come learn how to use this technique and when and how to apply it.

Bring a story or several ideas to work on as you will have a chance to work on your story.

Next workshop: March 7th @ 4pm     Cost: $12.00


First Lines, Last Lines

Nothing can do more for a story than a first strong line. It sets up the success of the story or sometimes it can ruin the ending. Same goes for last lines. Have you ever been listening to a story and the storyteller stops speaking and you think, “Is that it? Is there more?” An awkward silence ensues.

In this mini workshop we will talk about what makes a great beginning and a satisfying ending.

Bring a story to work on as you will have a chance to work on your story.

Next workshop: March 14th @ 4pm     Cost: $12.00


Using Dialogue and Internal Monologue

Internal monologue and external dialogue are both excellent storytelling devices.

Learn more about when and how to integrate both devices into your stories. In this mini workshop, we will take a story you are working on and find places to add either internal monologue or dialogue between characters.

Bring a story to work on as you will have a chance to work on your story.

Next workshop: March 21st @ 4pm      Cost: $12.00


Narrator Neutrality

Does narrator neutrality exist? And if it does, how important is it that the narrator remain neutral? As a narrator, are you a trustworthy storyteller?

Join Melody for a discussion of narrator neutrality and an exercise to help you with point of view for your story

Bring a story to work on as you will have a chance to work on your story.

Next workshop: March 28th @ 4pm      Cost: $12.00