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ONLINE Storytelling For Everyone: Four Week Course in Personal Narrative (Mondays In July/August)

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To accommodate potential attendees from outside Chicagoland, and to serve those yet unable/unwilling to take a class in person, this course will be online. The content will be the same except for a few exercises for which I have found replacements. We will meet via Zoom, which is free and easy to set up on your phone, tablet, or computer. 

Please email me at swhitehair@gmail.com with any questions or to learn about the in-person session.


Personal narrative has exploded over the last several years, with showcases, slams, and podcasts surfacing daily. People from all walks of life are taking the stage to share their own stories in front of packed houses across Chicago and the U.S.

In business, solid storytelling is a crucial component in communicating with colleagues, clients, interviewers, and potential donors. It's far from a "soft skill." It's essential.

And who doesn't want to be able to share memorable stories over dinner or drinks with friends and family?

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This class is open to all experience levels, and everyone from the beginner to the seasoned storyteller will benefit from the work-on-your-feet approach to discovering and developing your own unique voice.  

We will cover everything from story generation and structure to the fine details of delivery. Each class session will also feature a lab component where participants can workshop stories, try out tools and techniques, and receive detailed feedback. Participants do not need to bring in previously constructed stories in order to get the full experience. Writers are welcome, but you don't have to put a single word on the page in order to tell an excellent story.    

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1) I have put in thousands of hours teaching thousands of people, including: 8+ years of monthly sold out classes, over 700 new and first time storytellers at Story Lab, training sessions for countless non-profits and corporations nationwide, serving as a guest lecturer at most prominent Chicago universities and colleges, and providing private coaching for a variety of individuals. Those I have worked with have included several multiple Moth Grand Slam winners, a Fortune 500 CEO, a potential candidate for US Surgeon General, and also grandparents, construction workers, and high school students.

2) I don't strive to “fix” your stories. My goal is never to get you to tell a story the way I, or anyone else, would tell it. Instead, I work to give you techniques, ideas, tools, and feedback to try on for size so that you can further develop your voice and stories. Feedback is always a “could,” and never a “should.” The classroom gives you a protected place to experiment, but my hope is that you will continue to use what you have learned to grow long after our time together is done. Ideally, I want to make myself unnecessary, and watch you outgrow me.    

3) Knowing something is one thing. Knowing how to teach it is another. I have developed sound pedagogy, technique, and structure over the course of the last decade. Through trial and error, support of mentors, and constant tweaking and experimentation, I have sought, and will continue to seek, the most effective ways to communicate, encourage, and educate. I offered free workshops for years before daring to charge a fee, as I wanted to ensure that my offerings were fully thought out, developed, and well worth the money spent.
    
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Monday, July 19th,      6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday, July 26th,      6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday, August 2nd,  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday, August 9th,   6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Class will culminate in an optional student performance at a local venue or online, date and time to be determined.  

Class size will be kept to 8 to insure that participants receive maximum individual attention and screen time.

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Scott Whitehair is the producer of THIS MUCH IS TRUE, one of the city's longest running personal narrative series, creator of STORY LAB CHICAGO, recently featured in Forbes and Newsweek, and founder of DO NOT SUBMIT, a citywide network of pressure free open mics. He has told stories anywhere somebody will listen, including The Steppenwolf,Second City, The Green Mill, The Woodstock Opera House, and for NPR, The Risk Podcast, Sirius XM, and more. Scott is a 2x Moth Slam winner and has been featured at The Printer's Row Lit Festival, Fillet of Solo Festival, Chicago Improv Festival, The Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival, The Evanston Public Library Storytelling Festival, and The Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference. He has taught sold-out monthly classes since 2012, and has done training for such organizations as Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Price Waterhouse Cooper, RW Baird, Chicago Cares, Loews Hotels, Lurie Childrens Hospital, Crate & Barrel, Dyson, United Way, and many others. Scott has been a guest instructor at DePaul, Northwestern, Loyola, University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, IO Chicago, and The Latin School. His private coaching clients have included a Fortune 500 CEO and top speakers nationwide. Scott formerly served on the Board of Directors for the National Storytelling Network, taught a week long course at All Hallows College in Dublin, Ireland, and was the featured instructor at Hong Kong Story Worthy Week, which was headlined by David Sedaris. Scott performed at The National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough in 2017.  

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