Workshops For Adults & Educators
I currently run four different workshops for adults & educators based on the subject of storytelling and fairytale. These workshops discuss the origins of fairytale, the oral storytelling tradition and encourage the participants to write and perform their own stories. For more information on when and where I am next running a workshop please click on my events page here. If you would like me to facilitate a workshop for your group or organisation please do not hesitate to contact me via the contact page below.
Faerytale, Folk & Fable Workshop: The Story Collectors
From Basile to the Grimms the workshop takes a brief look at the story collectors from the 15th century to present day in order to discover the evolving nature of stories, explore the narratives of our childhood and learn more about the oral storytelling tradition.
In this one day fairytale spree through the stories of the collectors we explore the essence of fairytale, its structure, symbolism, tropes and motifs. In completing this the workshop participants will be able to identify the corner stones of a great story, their basic structure and elements.
During the day there is the opportunity to listen to some of these stories told by DD a professional storyteller and, in the afternoon, start to look at a fairytale of your choosing and understand the elements and structure within it using the the theory learnt during the day. In this way, we begin our journey as storytellers.
Faerytale, Folk & Fable Workshop: Tell Me A Story
In this workshop, participants learn the stepping stones to telling their own story, with hints, tips and techniques on how to build your chosen narrative into a performance.
Storytelling techniques will be explored through the use of theory and practical exercises to bring your tale to life in the true tradition of oral storytelling.
In the afternoon there is the opportunity to tell your story and receive feedback from professional storyteller, DD.
In this full day workshop join professional storyteller, DD Storyteller, to unlock story through tarot, oracle and/or story dice.
By using the images and correspondences in the cards we can start to create our own fairytales, whether they be our own or fictional masterpieces yet to be written.
Through games and exercises, throughout the day, participants will each develop a story based on cards from tarot or oracle decks. Participants are then encouraged to share their stories around the fire.
Reading To Children
Evening Workshop - 2.5hrs
A two and a half hour workshop, designed for parents and carers of young children (0-6) to coach skills in reading aloud. The workshop includes hints and tips on how to engage children in the story, interaction with your audience and what makes a good picture book. A short break is included in this workshop where refreshments would be provided.
What The Participants Thought ...
'I signed up to the story telling workshop with a mix of excitement and nerves. Dawn was great at making us all feel welcome and comfortable. It soon became clear there was no wrong answers, daft questions or prescribed way of storytelling. What we found was a font of knowledge, a space to explore and freedom to share. I came away inspired and feeling like I had made new friends. In fact I joined the Storytelling Club which takes place in the same amazing setting.' - Heather Chalkley
'Really interesting and a good relaxed environment'
'Thank you DD - loved it!'
'There was a very good balance set between theory, history and learning in the morning and active idea generation, writing and sharing in the afternoon.'
'My expectations were well exceeded.'
'Loved all of it.'