Interested in storytelling?

Interested in storytelling?

Learn the basics in this FREE workshop at MIT on April 9

April 9 @ 9:00 am - 7:30 pm

Would you like to tell true stories in the style of The Moth and “The Moth Radio Hour” on NPR and MITell at MIT? Here’s your chance to learn the craft from a master storyteller. Whether you’re hoping to share your stories onstage, improve your communication skills, or just get better at telling stories to your family and friends, this first-time opportunity is for you.
WHAT: On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, master storyteller Matthew Dicks, winner of 39 Moth StorySLAMs and 6 GrandSLAMS, will visit MIT to present two intensive workshops on storytelling. Funded by the Council for the Arts at MIT, both workshops are FREE and open to all MIT students, faculty, staff, and alumni (up to room capacity).
In this low-stakes introduction to storytelling, Matt will present the basics of finding, crafting, and sharing compelling stories. Topics range from effective use of description, dialogue, suspense, and humor to expert performance tips and techniques.
But if you’re not yet ready to take the stage, don’t worry: This workshop is primarily for instruction, with minimal time for participants to present stories. (Instead, we’ll have 2-3 follow-up sessions where participants can practice together if they wish; details about that and a live storytelling show to come later.)
WHEN/WHERE: To accommodate people’s schedules, we’re presenting two workshops on April 9. They’re identical, so please only sign up for one. Workshop #1 is from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Workshop #2 is from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Exact room numbers (in Buildings 1 and 3) will be sent to registered participants.
HOW TO REGISTER: Email Anne Stuart (astuart@mit.edu). Space for this one-time event is limited, so sign up soon! Be sure to say which workshop you’d like to attend. Also, please indicate whether you will need to arrive late or leave early.
QUESTIONS?: Ask Anne (astuart@mit.edu).
ABOUT MATTHEW DICKS: Matthew Dicks is a storyteller, speaking coach, teacher, and writer. In addition to his many Moth appearances and championships, he has also told stories for “This American Life,” TEDx, the Story Collider, and many other programs and venues. He is the creator, producer, and co-host of Speak Up, a Hartford-based organization that produces storytelling live shows and podcasts. He has taught storytelling and public speaking at many companies, organizations, universities, and schools. Learn more at his website.
Hope to see you there!
This project is funded by a generous grant from the Council for the Arts at MIT. Please visit the CAMIT website for more information about projects, awards, and grants.