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True Words – Personal Storytelling [short course]
Tue, 21 Feb 2017, 18:00 – Tue, 28 Mar 2017, 20:00 GMT
A six week short course.
Join performer/writers Cat Weatherill and Naomi Paul for an exploration into true-life/personal storytelling, both on the page and on stage. Together we will look at ways of accessing memories, the process of self-reflection, finding the wisdom, and the presentation of truth. What should we leave in - and what is better left out? We will also consider 'signature' stories: a story that distils your experience into an expression of your ethos.
The approach will be writerly. There is no performing involved and you will not be required to share personal information. While there is undoubtedly something therapeutic in the process of exploring memories, this is not therapy!
Whether you are writing a memoir or looking to share personal stories on stage, these workshops are for you! We will help you develop, revise or hone the structure of your stories, so you find the right words for what you want to say.
Cat Weatherill is a performance storyteller and best-selling author. She has founded two true-life storytelling clubs: the much-loved Tell Me On A Sunday in Birmingham and the Arts Council England funded Mee Club in Coventry.
She has created two full length autobiographical solo shows - Meet Me At Machu Picchu and The Road to Varanasi - and is currently writing a travel memoir. Cat has trained in narrative therapy and is especially interested in the use of true-life stories in resilience work. www.catweatherill.co.uk
Naomi Paul is a writer and performer of theatre, comedy, songs and spoken word. She has performed original solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe since 2012 and in March 2013, headlined 'Change', a festival of new writing for Pulse Ensemble Theatre in New York. She performs with Flashlight Tellers and is a member of Big Script.
Naomi has an MA in Creative Writing and an interest in ways of using (auto) biographical material. She was artistic associate on an Arts Council England funded project in the West Midlands: Long Journey Home: True-Life Migrant Tales. www.naomipaulperformer.com
Weekly for 6 weeks, Tuesday evenings from 21 February 2017 to 28 March inclusive, 6pm-8pm.