Story Telling

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Liz Whittaker Telling Stories

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Practice by reading the story aloud to yourself and then re-read.

Tell it in your own words.

Look at the structure, where are the breaks. Try to visualize the structure.

Prepare a script for learning and say it out loud as you write it.

Break it into episodes consisting of small chunks – 3 lines or less if possible.

Note any research you might like to do.

What are the feelings in the story?
When have you felt like this?
What are the characters?

Tell it moving in space – visualize the action.

Look for pauses, changes in rhythm.

Tell it to the listeners, and make sure that you look at least once into each section of the audience.

Speak slower than you normally would – to be heard and understood.

With adults, you may need more details.
With children, less detail. Let them use their imagination, they will describe the characters in your story. (i.e.: The man could be short or tall but you don’t need to say much more.

Key phrases – You may want to repeat, in case the audience misses the point.

Keep a note book with brief outlines of your stories in.

The Five Picture Plan – To help create your story
These picture points will help you to remember the structures of your stories.

  • Pict 1 The Start – Introduce the main settings/character
  • Pict 2 Filling in details/adding color to your story
  • Pict 3 Turning Circle – where the story turns towards its end, it may be a climax?
  • Pict 4 Filling in details/adding color to your story
  • Pict 5 The Finish – Even if hero dies, the end must end on the positive/a high
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