Telling a Story to a Live Audience
Over a 9-week period I participated in a storytelling workshop. The culminating experience on the 9th week was a live performance. I stood in front of about 30 people to tell a 10 minute story I wrote and developed in the weeks prior.
I loved making people laugh. I loved the energy of the room before, during and after the performance. I made new friends. I relished in the art of crafting stories that could be told with universal themes, connections to people, and reflections on life. I looked forward to each week because there were 6 other people that came prepared with their own bold, true, hilarious, sad, scary, and adventurous stories.
I wrote about six or seven true stories from my life. I listened attentively to classmates as they told their stories. I thought critically about each story I heard and gave constructive criticism to each storyteller.
I spent much time reflecting on experiences I had had through my life based off prompts provided or themes suggested (ex. A time when you were angry, you first job, etc).
An a-ha moment I had came later, after the class/performance. I was listening to Melissa Peet talk about how lifelong learning which must include learning FROM life. She described a process of deep reflection, meta-cognition, that can only happen after you have described an experience. In the storytelling class it took 2 or 3 ‘tellings’ of a story for the REAL meaning to surface. The deeper themes and higher-order thinking needed those re-tellings (and audience/peer feedback) to sus out how I felt about a story, how it relates to me know, and how others can connect to it.
The story linked above is fun and chosen for that reason. I wanted to entertain the folks who came out to see me. But there were a couple stories I told in class that I didn’t want to everyone to hear. After putting them through