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Storytelling to Capture Your Audience: NSW Storytelling Conference

  • LEWISHAM PUBLIC SCHOOL 49 The Boulevarde Lewisham, NSW, 2049 Australia (map)

Organised by The Australian Storytelling Guild (NSW)

Develop your storytelling skills to effectively engage your audience, whether they be preschool to high school, community to corporate groups.

A conference for adults focusing on storytelling skills and stories for different audience groups. Choice of workshops in morning & afternoon sessions followed by Family Storytelling Concert which will feature finalists of the NSW Student's Storytelling Competition.

8.30 Registration and Cuppa
9.00 Welcome, connecting and introduction to theme.
1A. Making the Invisible Visible - Lindy Mitchell-Nilsson & Ulf Nilsson
1B. Hook, line and sinker: engaging young audiences - Sue Murray
11.50 ---- Lunch of Tasty Soup and Rolls
2A. Energising the Story, the Teller and the Audience - Christine Carlton
2B. Playing with Rhymes - Patsy Allan
2C. Think Before You Tell: Digging deep into making a story happen - James Knight 3.05 Afternoon Tea Break

Venue: Lewisham Public School. 49 The Boulevarde, Lewisham.
Cost: General - $95, Story Guild members - $80, Pensioners and students - $60 Registration: Click here to register through Eventbrite
Further enquiries: Phone Christine Carlton 0415 430 485 or email


Workshop Sessions  1   9.20am - 11.50am

1A. Making the Invisible Visible.
The storyteller inhabits two worlds, the world of the listener and the world of imagination, and the art of storytelling is the movement between these two worlds. The storyteller makes the invisible, visible. Research shows however, that words only account for 10% of what we communicate, so the storyteller must consciously develop other means to communicate the rich tapestry of story. In this workshop, we will explore how to add depth and colour to our stories with gesture and gazes.

* Australian author and storyteller Lindy Mitchell-Nilsson met bilingual Swedish storyteller Ulf Nilsson, while training at the International School of Storytelling, UK. And in the tradition of fairytales, the couple fought a few dragons, married and have been telling tales and delighting audiences around the world ever since.

1B. Hook, line and sinker: engaging young audiences
This workshop will explore the essence of good storytelling for younger audiences. How can you grab their attention and hold it? What are the elements of a memorable and powerful story for children, and what skills are needed to deliver it effectively? Participants will engage in simple drama and writing exercises to hone their skills in the fundamentals needed to create a compelling yarn and to keep their audiences hooked.

* Sue Murray’s many plays and stories are published worldwide and she was awarded an international Language Learners’ Literature Award. Once a member of a children’s theatre company, Sue always explores ways for her words to empower and inspire students and their teachers, particularly in her current position at The School Magazine.

Workshop Sessions   2    12.35pm - 3.05pm

2A. Energising the Story, the Teller and the Audience
How do you bring energy, presence and emphasis to your story and performance so that the audience is engaged and wants to stay connected? This interactive workshop will playfully explore creative techniques to strengthen the energy dynamics of your story for telling to any audience whether they be in the classroom, boardroom, therapeutic environment, community or family gathering. Activities will include engagement through voice, movement, emotion, use of the senses, repetition and participation.

* Christine Carlton Storyteller, Facilitator and Education Consultant offers workshops and story coaching for adults, children, community groups and organisations. Christine has been performer/storyteller in residence at numerous State, National and International conferences and has recently returned from storytelling in the USA. She is President of Australian Storytelling Guild (NSW)

2B. Playing with Rhymes
If you are a parent, grandparent, teacher or childcare worker and are interested in developing your storytelling skills with children under 7 then this workshop is for you. This interactive, fun-filled workshop will give participants the opportunity to be involved in presentation of rhymes, stories and songs using puppets, props and participation. Patsy will share many fun and practical ideas to spark your creativity.

* Patsy Allan is an author, storyteller and workshop leader with thirty years’ experience. She is especially passionate about using group times to engage, enthrall and enhance children’s learning. Among Patsy’s publications are her book “Playing with Rhymes” and a DVD “Telling Stories to Young Children” for educators and parents.

2C. Think Before You Tell: Digging deep into making a story happen.
In this hands-on workshop participants will be actively encouraged to think about the way they think! James will introduce simple but effective training techniques and philosophies that he uses in his own writing and storytelling to deepen thinking to explore story. These processes can be adapted from the classroom all the way to the boardroom. “So often it helps to strip back what we know and start with a blank canvas”.

* James Knight is a best-selling non-fiction author and journalist who has worked in television, print, and radio for nearly thirty years. His wandering curiosity has taken him to many parts of the world. He works as a speaker and workshop leader in Secondary School Classrooms, Business Boardrooms and Conferences.

Earlier Event: June 11
The Web: Tales Told Live