Storytelling 101-June 1, 2016
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    Storytelling 101:
    Five weeks w/final performance

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    Classes - Gallaudet University

    • Wednesday Jun 1 - Jun 29
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    This class runs from Weds, June 1 through Thur, June 30, 2016 from 7-10pm. 

    Story District's Storytelling 101 is an intensive five-week course that will take you step-by-step through the process of how to identify and talk about meaningful narrative events in your life in a way that is entertaining and inspiring to the audience. These stories are personal, heartfelt, and demand that the storyteller be honest with yourself and an audience. Through a combination of theory and practice and a focus on tangible outcomes, you will leave this class with an understanding of narrative structure, several story ideas, and a single performance-ready story that will debut at the final performance.

    The 6:1 teacher-student ratio allows for a great deal of individual attention and is a reflection of our commitment to the success of each student. Students who join the class come from varied backgrounds and have different goals and applications. Some hope to perform on a Story District stage, others have found storytelling useful in the work they do, and others just enjoy the creative process and the community. Story District's teachers are sincerely some of the best and most experienced in the nation, and have coached hundreds of people through this process of personal growth and discovery and will do the same for you.

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    Refund Policy

    Story District does not give refunds (full or partial) for voluntary withdrawal from the class. There are limited slots in the class so that we may give sufficient attention to each student. Because of this, we typically have to turn people away. Should you choose to withdraw, we will have a vacancy that we can no longer fill. Note that we will need a minimum of eight people to run this class. If we do not meet the minimum and need to cancel, you will be notified at least 5 days prior to class start-date and given the choice to change to another date or receive a full refund.

    Meredith Masilich


    Meredith Maslich has introduced hundreds of people to the art of storytelling since joining the Story District faculty in 2008. She has led storytelling workshops for sales people and has experience in professional development for organizations like the Meyer Foundation and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. Meredith runs Possibilities Publishing and was formerly Story District's board president.

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    Katy Barrett


    Katy Barrett is a writer and storyteller whose been involved with Story District for four years.  She's performed regularly on the 2nd Tuesday stage,and was selected to perform in Top Shelf 2013. Other storytelling credits include: Story Showdown, Unraveled, Atonement, Swimming Upstream,  Into the Wild, and Risk!: So Emotional.  She also co-directed My So Called Jewish Life and Unhinged.  Her stories have been featured on Story District's podcast and in The Washington Post.

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    Week 1
    • Weds June 1

      Class 1

      Finding story material + understanding story structure

      Gallaudet University 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
      7pm - 10pm
    Week 2
    • Weds June 8

      Class 2

      Crafting your story + developing characters

      Gallaudet University 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
      7pm - 10pm
    Week 4
    • Tues June 14

      Field Trip

      Use your free ticket to Story District's 2nd Tuesday Storytelling Series at Town. See Show Calendar for details

      Town Danceboutique 2009 8th St, NW, Washington, DC
    Week 5
    • Weds June 15

      Class 3

      Editing + polishing

      Gallaudet University 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
    Week 5
    • Weds June 22

      Class 4

      Practicing your story + Reviewing performance technique

      Gallaudet University 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
    Week 6
    • Thurs June 30


      This is your chance to try your story out on a friendly invite-only audience of friends and family.