WHAT DO I DO?
Whether I'm teaching 1-on-1 or a group of 100, here's what matters to me:
*AUTHENTICITY - My job as a storytelling & memoir coach isn't to change or suppress your voice, but to accentuate it. I want to help you be the most "YOU" as possible.
*MAKE IT EXCITING - We tend to think the facts of our experiences are dull, especially in the professional realm. I can help you reflect on your message in new ways that will excite you and your audience.
*KNOW THE STRUCTURE - Terms like "narrative arc" can intimidate people. I can teach you story structure in an easy-to-grasp way that will redefine and energize the way you share stories.
*DARK INTO LIGHT - It's not easy to talk and write about loss, trauma, and sadness; themes that define so many iconic stories. I'll teach you strategies that make the hard-to-share easier to hear and process.
*FINDING YOUR STORY - Finding personal stories worth telling can feel challenging. Many people feel like "nothing interesting" has ever happened to them. It's important that I leave my clients with tools that will help them continue to find true engaging stories from their lives long after I'm out of the picture.
WHERE DO I TEACH?
Connecting with others through personal narrative is the cornerstone of my work. I've seen people from many fields with varied backgrounds utilize storytelling as a means to not only communicate, but change their audience through laughter, education and transparency. My wide variety of clients from artistic, therapeutic and professional fields has given me insight into the myriad ways storytelling can alter the listener, reader & participant.
The Moth High School Program, Wounded Warriors, American Library Association, Writers Guild Initiative, Heartland Alliance, The Getty Museum, I'm From Driftwood
Social Media: Twitter, Google, Facebook, Social Media Week NYC
Legal/Finance: Price-Waterhouse, Grant-Thornton, Fidelity, Prudential
Other: SAP, Visa, Uber, Novartis, Viacom, Bravo TV
Occidental College, Los Angeles, NYU Tisch School of Arts, California State University, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Indiana University, Upright Citizens Brigade, Peoples Improv Theater, Kevin Allison's Story Studio, First Person Arts
HOW CAN WE WORK TOGETHER?
I work with my clients in many formats. Contact me at email@example.com for more information.
Crabb Labbs: Workshops at my studio or arranged by the client, focusing on live storytelling, solo shows or memoir, depending on participant needs.
Corporate Workshops: Everything from my regular labb, but with a focus on business application.
Storytelling: Sessions by the hour in-person or online.
Memoir 1-on-1: Sessions by the hour in-person or online.
At the end of August I'll be teaching another generative 2-part online "Story-Mining” workshop, designed to help nonfiction storytellers & writers find new material.
Whether you’ve never told or written a personal story because you think nothing interesting has ever happened to you, or you’ve told a thousand stories and think there’s nothing left in the tank, this workshop will run you through a gamut of fast, fun personal inventories and games that will leave you with a shortlist of stories that you'll be excited to work on. You’ll leave with a toolbox full of new methods to reflect on your life that will yield stories you didn't know were there, waiting to be told.
Many of these exercises I’ve used myself to generate stories I’ve told on NPR, Buzzfeed, Risk!, The Moth & in my memoir & audiobook BAD KID.
This workshop is 6 hours over two weekends - Saturday August 27 & Saturday September 3
NOON-3pm PST, for $175.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or message me here to enroll!
STORIES IN SESSION
My podcast "Stories In Session" is a weekly show dedicated to the art and craft of contemporary storytelling. Hear some of the best stories from across the nation and get a behind-the-scenes look at how they were created by the experts and amateurs who told them. Featuring storytellers, hosts and producers from RISK!, The Moth & more.
New episodes released every Monday.
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