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Creating Stage-Worthy Personal Stories Online Workshop

January 10 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Learn to tell a “Moth-type” story or any story on stage, online, at work, and with friends. Get comfortable on stage. This workshop explores the art of oral storytelling including story creation, enhancement, and presentation. Learn simple practical story guidelines and step-by-step tools, to create incredible honest stories from your life experience. Kent’s personable presentation style on the creative process combined with small groups, large groups, and individual writing and improv exercises will take you through a fun process of developing a stage-worthy story over 6 weeks. Learn how to share stories that are genuine, generous, and vulnerable in a fun creative space. We use the writing tools from Natalie Goldberg’s book, Writing Down the Bones, narrative improv games, the use of sense memory, and unique storytelling techniques to create a “stage-worthy” story. This workshop is perfect for novice storytellers, or a chance to add to the skillset of a seasoned performer. Come share your story.

Attendance at the first session of your class is mandatory as it sets the agenda for the entire class. If you think you will have to miss the first class, please consider registering for the next quarter.

Skills offered in class:

Successful storytelling techniques

How to identify story arc

identify the difference of scenic detail versus narrative description

How to create story stakes

How to identify story-worthy material

How to gain audience trust

Become comfortable on stage or online

Objective: To create a stage-worthy to be presented in front of a live audience

Dates : 6 Sundays Jan 10 – Feb 21. 11 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm  NOTE: Attendance at the first session of your course is mandatory as it sets the agenda for the entire quarter. If you think you will have to miss the first class, please consider registering for the next time the class is offered.

Location: Now on ZoomPerformance: Class participants are invited to tell their stories at a live online performance showcase (not required) on the

Maximum Students: 8

Cost: $200

Prerequisite: None

Ages: 18+

Teacher Bio:

Kent Whipple has shared stories throughout the country. He has participated in many Moth StorySLAMs (and won the first Moth StorySLAM he attended) and Moth GrandSLAMs. He was featured in Seattle in the Risk! Live Show and his story “Furry or Foe” was released on the Risk! podcast on 9/25/18. He was again highlighted on the Risk! Podcast on 10/14/19 from their Live Show in Portland with the Mystery Box Theater. By audience vote, he was named Best of Bawdy Storyteller for 2019. He is the resident storytelling teacher at Unexpected Productions Improv where he also hosts Inside Story, a storytelling show. He is a story coach at Ignite Seattle. Throughout the PNW, he has performed at Fresh Ground Stories, the Intersections Festival, Bawdy Storytelling, Bad Date Storytelling, Over the Rainbow Storytelling and Do Tell: Humorous Storytelling.

He has mentored with Natalie Goldberg author of Writing Down the Bones, and studied with Larry Rosen: The Moth, Kevin Allison, and Brad Lawrence: Risk! Podcast, Margot Leitman, author of Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You Will Ever Need, Matthews Dicks, author of Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling, Joan Logghe – Poet Laureate of New Mexico, Ron Reid: Stand-Up Comedy, Matt Smith: Improv for Writers, and Randy Dixon: Improv for Writing.


“Such a great telling of the story and the audience reaction was amazing.”Kevin Allison, Risk! Podcast, 9/18

“Kent Whipple is a treasure.”Paul Currington, Producer, Fresh Ground Stories

**Cancellation policy: If you must cancel before the first class, we offer credit only towards a future class. We are unable to offer refunds. If you cancel after the first class, we will not offer credit towards a future class. Again, we are unable to offer refunds.

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