The six-week course, taught by life-long Chicagoan and Moth storytelling champion Lily Be, uses your life experiences and her storytelling game Story Neighborhood to teach you new and unconventional ways to mine and frame your stories. This class is for anyone using narrative to create any work. Story Neighborhood helps writers, performers, speakers, and anyone using a story to create any work to discover the voice of their characters, pieces, and themselves. It’s a fun and collaborative way to switch up the filters in which we are conditioned or maybe stuck telling a specific story.
Story Neighborhood will give you the tools to build a catalog of stories/possibilities to work with beyond this class. You will map out the neighborhood created with your classmates and walk away with at least one fully structured 5 -7 min (750 – 1000 word) story that you can tell or write from several different perspectives.
Special bonus: You will learn so much about each other that you will also leave this class with a few new friends.
Week 1: Firsts: This week, we plot out the first streets to start our Story Neighborhood. Five Word Stories will help us begin digging for stories throughout the class.
Week 2: Consider a move. Week two focuses on the different intersections on the board where our stories can live.
Week 3: One in a million and a million is one. How many houses can you own on one block? We look at how many stories are telling one story and how one story can tell many stories.
Week 4: The Decor. Basic story framing. What do I keep, and what do I share. How do I bring this all together?
Week 5: From Neighborhood to the world. How does my story connect to something bigger than me? The power of my narrative outside of writing and performing.
Week 6: Relocating your life stories. Where else can my stories live? Let’s move our stories to the places we never thought they could live.