Workshop: A Beginner’s Guide to Storytelling

‘Stories have power. They delight, enchant, touch, teach, recall, inspire, motivate, challenge. They help us understand. They imprint a picture on our minds. Want to make a point or raise an issue? Tell a story’. – Janet Litherland

Everyone has stories worth to be told. This 5-hour workshop is for anyone who loves stories and want to take the first step towards becoming a skilled storyteller.

Suitable for beginners with no prior experience in storytelling and people who speak English as a foreign language. This workshop covers the foundation of storytelling through practical, hands-on and interactive exercises.

You don’t need to have experience in performing arts; just the wish to expand your comfort zone. You will learn how to prepare a story, give it the form it needs to be remembered and captivate your audience with your story.

Students will also have the opportunity to tell their stories and sharpen their skills at the monthly Bratislava Storytelling Night (a monthly event organized by Imagine Center for Learning).

Why learn Storytelling?

We are storytelling animals, a wise man once said. We are not the strongest, biggest nor the fastest of all the species around but we have survived through the stories of others who survived.

Nowadays, we have lost this skill through the consumption of mass media. Imagination is a muscle which has to be trained. We get the perfect pictures, sounds and illusions delivered from TV and Internet and our imagination gets weaker and weaker.

Storytelling helps the listener to create their own pictures in their head through the words of the story teller; a true gift to build a better world.

Topics covered:
  • Why do we tell stories?

  • How to craft a story

  • The ingredients for a good story

  • How to memorize a story

  • Different ways to remember a story without learning it by heart

  • Working with silence, pace and speed dynamics

  • How to prepare yourself for your first storytelling

  • Your speaking voice and vocal exercises

Storytelling develops these skills:
  • Creativity

  • Trust building

  • Confidence

  • Presentation skills

  • Communication skills

  • Imagination

  • Language

  • Active listening

  • Crafting a story

  • Inspiration

  • Team work

Workshop Information

  • Workshop date: 20.11.2016 (Sunday)

  • Time: 15:00 – 20:00 (5 hours)

  • Price: 35 Euros

  • Maximum number of participants: 16

  • Workshop is suitable for teens and adults

  • Workshop will be held in English

About the instructor

Nikolas Haugeneder is the co-founder of Story Nights: Bratislava – Vienna. In 2013, he graduated from the prestigious International School of Storytelling in Forest Row, East Sussex, UK. Since then, he has performed and participated in a variety of storytelling events and festivals such as the “Storytelling as a healing art” Symposium in Kaaris, Finland, “Tree of Life” and “Stories for trauma” in Nürnberg, Germany, “Storytelling in Business” in London and “Stories in the Wild” in Jondal, Norway.

In between, he has had appearances at the WUK in Vienna and the Festival “HÖrtergewöRTer” and “Raunachterzählen” in Andrä-Wördern, Austria.


Rešetkova 9, 831 03, Bratislava

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