How to Tell a Good Story
July 7 & 8, 2015
About this Summinar
We all know a good story when we hear one, but what are the elements that make these stories interesting and engaging? How can we apply these elements to tell good stories ourselves?
This interactive workshop focuses on the question, What makes a good story? For our first session we’ll identify, using lots of examples, the basics of how to tell good stories, with a particular focus on first-person, true stories.
For the second session, bring in the stories you’d like to tell, and we’ll work together to help you find the heart of your story. Nobody will demand you participate, but we’ll take a generous, fun approach, and we’ll have thoughtful prompts that will make you realize how many stories you already have to share.
By the end of this workshop, you’ll know the difference between a storyteller and a bore. You’ll learn how, instead of talking about yourself, you can instead share stories (starring you!) with generosity and humor. And I hope, after this workshop, people will hear you and think, “That was a good story!”
Date & Place
Tuesday, July 7
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, July 8
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Cost per person
$15 session I
$25 session I & II
About the Leader
Daniel Stewart is a historian, print and book designer and editor, occasional radio producer, storyteller and writer. He trained in cultural journalism at the Salt Center for Documentary Studies, received his Ph.D. from Temple University, and has taught at Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania. His last appearance at the Leelanau Summinars was in 2013 with “Your Life in Stories,” a workshop on memoir.
Daniel runs the history and design consultancy History By Design and is the current president of Michigan Writers, Inc. Most of what he does is related to the telling of good and true stories.