Origin Stories_ Foundations of Personal Narrative.png

Sometimes reality is too complex. Stories give it form.
— Jean-Luc Godard

About this workshop:

Everyone needs an Origin Story. And arranging the plot points of your life into a narrative can shape who you are. Stories can be physical, bizarre, visceral, uncomfortable, long, grounded, and hilarious. Give yourself permission to tell it however you want to tell it, so long as you are speaking your truth. 

Your voice.

Your words.

Your story.

In this workshop you will build a storytelling foundation that begins with answering the question, “How did you get to where you are now?” Find the narrative, play with story structure, and dig into the humor of every day life. Share your adventures and celebrate the risks you’ve taken. Become the main character of your story.

You need to claim the events of your life to make yourself yours.
— Anne Wilson Schaef

When we own our stories, we avoid being trapped as characters in stories someone else is telling.
— Brené Brown

This is a small group workshop where all participants have the opportunity to tell their story. You will work together as one cohort, split off into pairs, and experiment with your story through self-guided exercises. Each person will leave with a story brainstormed, developed, and workshopped. You will also leave with new connections and a deeper understanding of the universality in the specific. 

With-ness: The practice of talking so we can be heard, and listening so we can understand.
— Seth Godin

Workshop logistics:


Origin Stories: Foundations of Personal Narrative

a Tell Me A Story workshop facilitated by Hillary Rea

Date: Saturday, September 29th, 2018 from 12:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: The Broad on Mifflin, 1903 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

Cost: $320 per participant (a payment plan is available)

Includes -

  • 4.5 hours of workshop time
  • A TMAS notebook and pen, and printed worksheets
  • Snacks and La Croix (!!)
  • 10 minutes of one-on-one story coaching for each person

Limited to 10 participants. 

Have questions? Visit our F.A.Q. Page

If you prefer to pay in two installments of $160, visit this registration page.

Being a storyteller is not simply communicating. It’s gripping and shaking and delighting, moving people to feel what you felt. Transporting and transforming.
— Amy Hartzler