Last year the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation hosted a night of storytelling called True Tales from the South Bay. South Bay residents took to the stage, alongside a few super star storytellers, to share personal stories of triumph, loss, and romance.
While it was well-received by the audience, TOCA’s creative director, Christian Wolf, realized there was one small problem.
“A lot of people enjoy storytelling, but they don’t know how to do it, or they’re afraid,” Chris said. “We want to make it more accessible to people, teach them how to shape their story and tell it.”
With that in mind, the 2018 Storytelling Workshop was born. It’s a chance for 12 lucky people to come together with master storyteller Mariana Williams and learn about crafting their story, then telling it.
“People who are interested in learning more about the art of storytelling should come with a story already in mind. If you don’t have a story in mind, Mariana is really good about helping people find their story. Plus, it’s supposed to be true, something that really happened, so that helps,” Chris said.
TOCA and Mariana are hosting another True Tales from the South Bay this year, and are hoping some of the workshop participants will take part in that, too. But it’s certainly not a requirement for the workshop. Anyone who would like to work on their memoir writing, and hone their communication and presentation skills, is welcome to join.
The Storytelling Workshop will take place on Sunday, April 8th, from 1:00-5:00. The first couple of hours will consist of writing and refining, then the storytellers will perform their work in front of invited guests for the final 90 minutes. A casual lunch is included.
If you have a story to tell, would like to work on your writing and presentation skills, or simply want to learn more about being a storyteller, get your ticket to the Storytelling Workshop as soon as possible. There are only a few seats left!