So, you’ve been to a couple of Story Slams and think you’d like to tell a story yourself, but aren’t sure how to prepare. Maybe you’re not certain you even have a story. We believe everyone has a story to tell. Every. One. Whether you’ve never told a story live onstage or you’ve stepped to the mic a few times but would like to learn new tips on effective storytelling, let us help you.

Two Hour Storytelling Workshop

This one-night class will give you the tools to draft your story and tips on how hold the audience's attention. The session consists of classroom instruction and interaction. Topics include: What Makes a Good Story, Basic Story Structure, and Creative Language. All attendees will receive an email with stories to watch before the class.

We offer this workshop twice a year, usually in April or May, once in West Chester, PA and once in Lancaster, PA. We are also available to facilitate custom workshops, whether it's for a nonprofit organization, a business, a 55+ community, or your religious community. To learn more about options and pricing, please email Jim at jimbreslinwc@gmail.com.

Other options for aspiring storytellers include:

Tutoring

West Chester Story Slam offers private tutoring on storytelling. Maybe you want to weave a story into your business presentation or would like guidance in preparing a story for a Story Slam or a Wedding Toast or another big event. Prices are reasonable, just email Jim at jimbreslinwc@gmail.com for details.

Frontline Storytelling for Business

Are you looking to get members of your organization telling stories that support your company’s mission? Do they see the link between their daily work lives and the company’s big focus? Storytelling for Business can help your team think about how their daily talks with co-workers and customers can transform your business and their careers. Email Jim at jimbreslinwc@gmail.com to chat about the possibilities.

Course Instructors

Jim Breslin is the founder of the West Chester Story Slam, a monthly storytelling event in its 7th year. Over 660 stories have been told in front of thousands of audience members. He is also the co-founder of Lancaster Story Slam and has been a featured storyteller at the Scranton Story Slam, Tell Me a Story and Liberation. Jim is a writer, editor, publisher and multi-media producer, having been a television producer at the world’s largest home shopping network QVC. He is the author of the novel SHOPLANDIA and the short story collection Elephant: Short Stories and Flash Fiction. He lives in West Chester, PA.

 

 

Terry Heyman  is a writer and frequent story slammer. She’s been a featured storyteller in the 2013 Wilmington production of “Listen To Your Mother,” the 2014 Women in Comedy Festival in Boston, Philadelphia’s Tell Me A Story, and a four-time West Chester Story Slam champion. Her writing has appeared in Chester County FictionThe WC Press, and McSweeney’s, among other places.