Professional storytelling teacher, Lynn Ferguson, leads you through the rudiments of effective storytelling, using examples from her classes in Los Angeles and setting tasks to have you practicing your skills throughout.
Step one in telling any story is making sure that you're using your own voice, and not something that you would create to seem more powerful, more educated or appealing. Everything that you add to a story that is not authentically you, will blur the picture and soften the impact. The most powerful, compelling stories that you can tell, are the stories that ONLY you can tell. Your perspective. Your Truth. In YOUR voice.
We all sound the same, until we speak our truth.
Storytelling is like learning to ride a bike. No amount of the academic theory of cycling will ever prepare you for that moment when you climb aboard a bicycle. You need to get on that bike as soon as possible and practice. Then you need to be able to hear yourself accurately and in a constructive way so that you can build and improve your skills.
The technical aspects of a narrative are not useless to spoken word storytelling, but they just are not as important as speaking authentically, telling your unique perspective and being clear about what you want to convey in your story.
Record Your Stories:
To get the most from this course you will need some way to record your stories via smartphone, webcam, video camera or simple voice recorder.
Share Your Stories:
Once you're signed up, you can also join Lynn and all the other YouTellYours storytellers at the private Facebook group where you can ask questions and even post your stories for feedback from the group.
Lynn Ferguson is an award winning writer-performer and a recognized force in the world of comedy.
As a regular storyteller for The Moth, she can frequently be heard on their weekly show broadcast on 200+ affiliate radio stations throughout the country. She often hosts The Moth’s live mainstage events at venues such as Club Nokia (LA), The Egg (Albany), or the State Theatre (Portland Maine), as well as small prestigious events such as the World Science Festival at the Players Theatre in New York and fundraising for Bono’s World Aids charity, (RED).
In the UK, aside from being the voice of a plasticine chicken in the Movie Chicken Run, Lynn appeared regularly on TV and BBC Radio 4, writing and starring in three series of her own sitcom as well as creating several critically acclaimed afternoon plays.
She has performed in numerous Edinburgh Fringe Festivals where she garnered multiple award nominations, winning the prestigious Fringe First Award for writing and the Stage Award for Acting Excellence.
Since relocating to the US in 2008, Lynn worked as a staff writer for the CBS Peabody Award winning Late Late Show and as a script consultant for Pixar on the Academy Award Winning movieBrave. Recently, she was invited to join the judging panel for the International Emmys and to host theirComedy Panel in New York.
Why Lynn teaches storytelling:
Best class I’ve taken in a LONG time. After you’ve studied with Lynn you won’t just be a better story-teller; you’ll be a better actor, better writer, better friend, a better listener… PROBABLY even better in bed. Oh and also a better storyteller.
As a professional fiction writer, I took the class to do something that terrifies me: tell a true story from my own life to a live audience. It was astounding how working with Lynn transformed one of my deepest fears into a new sense of creative momentum. If she offered Advanced Storytelling, I’d sign up today.