STORYTELLING FOR PERFORMANCE w/TOM CHALMERS (6-Week Workshop)
“So this memorable thing happened to me and I want to tell you all about it!”
More and more people in Asheville and elsewhere are crafting short personal narratives to be told on stage for story-slam shows like Stories at The Moth, curated series like Listen to This, and popular podcasts like This American Life. But those who do it well know that it is more than just getting up on stage and winging it, more than simply reporting the recollections of the past.
This six-week course covers techniques for creating a compelling personal narrative piece to be shared on stage; one that speaks to the assigned theme of a storytelling event, comes in on time, and through image-driven language gives the listeners the sense of having lived the memory themselves. Students will learn how to choose a story to tell, how to write a compelling first line, how to structure and deliver their story, and how to know when to end, resisting the temptation to tack on a lesson-learned epilogue. Participants will be given a series of writing prompts to spark different short personal narratives. Class meets Thursday evenings from 6:00pm-8:00pm. For their final class, each student will perform their best piece as part of a special student-showcase version of the monthly storytelling series, Listen to This, at 35 Below on Thursday, on May 30, 2019, at 7:30 PM.
Class will meet at the Flatiron Writers Room on April 18th and May 2, 9, 16 and 23. It will meet at 35 Below on April 25th and May 30th.
Tom Chalmers is the host and producer of Listen to This: Stories On Stage, now in its tenth season, three years in Los Angeles and seven years here in Asheville. A graduate of Columbia University, Tom came out of the NYC storytelling scene in the 90s where he performed at Collective Unconscious, Surf Reality, and the original Stories at The Moth. He has done two one-man shows of his personal stories, Every Bone In My Body and Harm for the Holidays. While in New York, Tom was a company member and artistic director of Groundlings East and a member of the original Upright Citizens Brigade house team. After New York, Tom moved to LA where he was a writer for SHOWTIME Television and literary manager of the renowned Sacred Fools Theatre Company. He has taught at NYU and Warren Wilson College. He currently teaches classes through the Flatiron Writers Room and the Asheville School of Improv. He is a member of the Asheville improv troupe, Reasonably Priced Babies, and is the co-host of the sports talk radio show, Steve Sax Syndrome, on AshevilleFM 103.3
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The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until one week before the event starts, via Eventbrite or email to flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made.
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