Storytelling 101-April 28, 2016
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    Storytelling 101: Five weeks w/final performance

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    Mount Vernon United Methodist Church

    • Thursday Apr 28 - Jun 2
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    This class runs from Thursday, April 28 through Thursday, June 2, 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.

    John Tong


    John Tong is a performer and storyteller with a background in theater and public speaking. He is the first person to ever perform in three consecutive Top Shelf shows. A veteran of the 2nd Tuesday stage, John has also appeared in the curated shows Sucker for Love and Story District Shorts. His stories have been featured on Story District podcast and Audible's Rooftop Comedy.

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    Joseph Price


    Joseph Price is a storyteller, playwright, and producer. His Story District credits include The Sin Show, Sucker for Love, and more than a dozen appearances on the 2nd Tuesday stage. He specializes in story structure and mixed media and many of his personal works focus on integrating performance and technology.  His one-man show, Operating System, blended first-person storytelling with raw data and e-Geaux (beta) , incorporated live audience Facebook profiles into "social media improv" that was featured on NPR's All Things Considered.

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    Week 1
    • Thu Apr 28

      Class 1

      Finding story material + understanding story structure

    Week 2
    • Thu May 5

      Class 2

      Crafting your story + developing characters

    Week 3
    • Tue May 10

      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 4
    • Thu May 19

      Class 3

      Editing & Polishing

    Week 5
    • Thu May 26

      Class 4

      Practicing your story + Reviewing performance technique

    Week 6
    • Thu Jun 2

      Final Showcase

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

    • Where

      Mount Vernon United Methodist Church
      Mount Vernon United Methodist Church 900 Mass Ave, NW Washington, DC
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    • When

      Thursday Apr 28 - Jun 2