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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

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. This workshop gives you tools, techniques and permission to tell your story however you want to tell it.

This is a full day storytelling intensive where 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.

Our workshops take place in small groups. They are hands on and collaborative. You will work together as one cohort, split off into pairs, and experiment with your story through self-guided exercises. All participants will get one-on-one story coaching in front of the group for a deeper exploration of their story and their public speaking style. Each person will leave with an Origin Story brainstormed, developed, and workshopped. You will also leave with new connections and a deeper understanding of shared experiences.


When we own our stories, we avoid being trapped as characters in stories someone else is telling.
— Brené Brown
You need to claim the events of your life to make yourself yours.
— Anne Wilson Schaef
Sometimes reality is too complex. Stories give it form.
— Jean-Luc Godard
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, December 1, 2018

Time: 10am - 4pm (includes lunch)

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

Cost: $340 per participant (payment plans are available until October 30th)

Includes -

  • 6 hours of workshop time

  • 1:1 story coaching with Hillary for each participant

  • A TMAS notebook and pen, and printed worksheets

  • Boxed lunch, plus snacks and drinks throughout

Limited to 10 participants. 

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