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Stories from the Pandemic: A Storytelling Workshop in Two Parts
with Kate Farrell author of Story Power

Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Produced In partnership with the San Francisco Writers Conference.

This event will take place via Zoom - please register via the Register Now button (to your right)

and the Zoom credentials will be sent to you prior to the class.

This is a two part class that is limited to 12 adult students.

Supplementary text recommended: Story Power: Secrets to Creating, Crafting, and Telling Memorable Stories by Kate Farrell, available at the Mechanics Institute, at Alexander Book Company, and as an eBook through the San Francisco Public Library.

Introduction

It's been a full year since the start of Shelter-in-Place in San Francisco. So much of what we've experienced during the social isolation of the pandemic, secluded inside, has been the sameness. Hours turned into days; days into weeks; weeks into months in a blur. Yet we were ever aware of the health dangers, the political turmoil, the unusual, up-side-down routines—our fears of the unknown and the unseen.

 

However, some days were more memorable because something happened that was out of the "new normal." As time goes on, we may forget those days or incidents. Certainly, we all have extraordinary stories to tell from the pandemic. By sharing them, we are able to document this historic period. Each authentic experience can provide insight and a lasting impression through a well-crafted personal narrative.

 

Learn how to tell an unforgettable story from the pandemic and record it for the MI archives.

 

Part One: Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 10:30 am - Noon

We will:

·      Demonstrate basic storytelling techniques established in the oral tradition with a variety of tales, followed by discussion.

·      Use prompts to bring us into our experiences during the pandemic, we will ask you to sketch out the shape of a possible story in an outline or storyboard.

·      Volunteers will share their first attempts at telling their stories to the class with feedback. This session will NOT be recorded.

·      Review some basic tips for telling a story on a virtual platform.

·      Assignment: Develop a story in full; practice it with a partner or by using video apps; be prepared to tell a 3 - 5 minute story in Part Two.

 

Part Two: Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 10:30 am - Noon

We will:

·      Review the basic storytelling techniques

·      Present guidelines for constructive feedback

·      Listen to each participant tell a 3-5 min. story from the pandemic

·      Provide constructive feedback

·      Discuss general themes and overall insights

·      This session will be recorded.

 

For each class, we reserve the right to cancel at any time and issue a full refund.

If you are unable to attend your class, please email [email protected] at least ten days prior to receive a refund. All fees must be paid at the time of registration.

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