THEA 14
Begin Here: Adventures in Storytelling Winter 2024

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Ever been transfixed by a compelling story told by a skillful speaker, and wondered – wow, just how do they do it?! Ever wanted to get better at telling stories, whether in personal or professional contexts, but don’t quite know how to get started? Storytelling is perhaps the most ancient of human arts, with a rich tapestry of traditions and techniques that can overwhelm you with where to begin. So… begin here! In this Winter Study class, join international storytelling coach Hari Stephen Kumar for a warm and guided introduction to the 5 most important principles of storytelling in a fun, friendly, and supportive environment. Through play, curiosity, joy, and a step-by-step approach, you will learn practical techniques and concepts that you can apply right away in your academic, work, and personal lives. Whether you are working on a presentation, preparing a speech for an important setting, or simply wanting to get better at crafting stories, your adventures in storytelling can begin (or continue) right here! Reading: While there is no required textbook for the course, participants will be given a list of recommended books and resources for your own further exploration. Work: In-class instruction will include a mix of lecture and guided practical exercises. You will be expected to work on your stories both in class and between sessions. We will be telling stories in every class session, as well as practicing the art of storylistening as an active audience, so you will be expected to listen to and engage with each other’s stories. Student performance: The class will culminate in a student showcase performance, to which members of the public are welcome!
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 20
Expected: NA
Class#: 1325
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Presentation(s); Performance(s); Other: Participation in being supportive storylistening partners and providing feedback to others
Prerequisites: None!
Enrollment Preferences: Seniors, then juniors, will be given first preference if the course is over-enrolled.
Unit Notes: Hari Stephen Kumar is a storytelling coach with 25+ years of experience ranging from engineering and sales in the high-tech industry to being a performance studies scholar and instructor in the humanities. For more, see www.storycoach.io/about

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