Personal storytelling can be entertaining, therapeutic and just darn fun
As long as there have been humans, there’s been storytelling. It isn’t a stretch to imagine cavemen sitting around their campfires swapping stories of their (probably grossly exaggerated) feats in the field. After all, they left crude paintings on cave walls, managing to share tidbits of their stories with us thousands of years later.
Storytelling has evolved drastically over the years, but it continues to be at the core of cultures around the world and across time. With social distancing measures in place and COVID-19 isolating many of us in our homes, we can’t get out and enjoy live storytelling events like those put on by The Moth like we used to.
But that doesn’t mean we stop telling stories. It just means storytelling evolves yet again. Looking to listen to stories or find an online storytelling course? Check out these resources.
Enjoy online stories
The easiest way to continue to enjoy listening to autobiographical stories is to take advantage of the wealth of online content. For example, The Moth’s live events might be canceled, but there is a gold mine of stories available to listen to on their website. Check out their story library, radio hour, and podcast.
Tales and Ales, a storytelling organization that brings shows to breweries throughout the Washington, DC, region, continues to broadcast its most popular stories on its YouTube channel.
“Storytelling is one of the original art forms, so it’s certainly not going to be kept quiet now,” said Susan Talbott, one of the founders of Tales and Ales. “Stories can inspire, offer hope, change minds, and just bring a good laugh. We all could use a good dose of that right now.”
Want to see the storytellers as they weave their tale? Check out The Moth video channel.
Other resources where you can hear great stories include:
Just because we have to be far apart doesn’t mean we can’t still gather to swap stories and share perspectives with one another.
Take an Online Class
Have you ever dreamed of having the opportunity to share your own story at a live storytelling event? Have you always felt your story was lacking something? Maybe that was what held you back from taking the plunge before. Or maybe you’ve yet to be able to share your idea in a coherent way?
Whelp, do you have a lot of time on your hands during the quarantine? Put it to good use! Many organizations are offering online storytelling classes. Learn storytelling techniques to better convey your experiences. With a little bit of hard work, you’ll be ready to put on a show when we can all gather together again.
To start, check out these upcoming classes from Story District. Sign up quickly because space is limited and they are selling out fast.
Another great resource is The Story Studio. They typically offer in-person classes and workshops but have risen to the challenge posed by the coronavirus and social distancing measures. Now you can join live online classes, get access to on-demand video courses, or sign up for one-on-one storytelling lessons.
Other resources include:
Craft Your Masterpiece
Stories will always be a part of the human experience. Whether you want help mining a great story from your life experiences or know you have a gem of a tale but need help crafting it, an online storytelling course is a great way to learn how to hone your wordsmithing and performance skills.
Who knows? This quarantine might be just the solitary time you need to craft your masterpiece. Get ready, the world is waiting to hear your story.