Once Upon A Time: The Art of Story Telling

A Workshop on storytelling “Once Upon A Time: The Art of Story Telling” was held at  Indian International Centre(Main) on 23 February 2019. The workshop was conducted by Pitambarrising Sun.

The session began with the introductory speech by Mr. Abhishek Singh (Graphic novelist, artist, storyteller). Storytelling according to Mr. Abhishek Singh is to reimagine the idea of Philosophy through audio-visuals/ graphics or any form that uses the inter-personal skills of a person.

The second session was conducted by Mrs. Nupur from “Story Wallahs”, a training organisation. The workshop covered why, what and how of storytelling through a pedagogy that is a mix of concepts, time, skills and experimental learning

The workshop broadly covered the following Topics:

  1. Why work with stories.
  2. How to animate a story with performance, expression, voice modulation, body language, and props.
  3. How to create a new story on atopic (weave a story).
  4. How to teach subjects or concepts from maths and science using stories.

This workshop mainly aimed at training librarians as they have the ability to save lives with the power of reading and the love of storytelling. As well as help the librarians to use stories to connect, influence, motivate and bond with children. Stories are a powerful means of communication that makes us humans. Stories have allowed as a race to survive. Telling story is an art. A story well told is a story well remembered.

WAYS TO ANIMATE YOUR STORY

  1. Use voice modulation and body language. Keep your body language in sync with the character and voice.
  2. Make stories interactive by including repetition through song/ action/ word which they can sing/ enact/ prompt.
  3. Use songs and rhymes to add colour and characters in the story.

HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN STORIES?

Stories have three essential ingredients: Character+conflict+resolution. That is the story structure most writers use. Use this structure to create your own stories.

STYLES OF STORYTELLING

  1. DRAWN AND TELL

Narrate the story and ask children to draw as per narration. At the end narration, there is a character made by them.

  1. FOLD AND TELL

Use paper or sheets and ask children to fold the sheets to make the objects in the narration

  1. CUT ANT TELL

Take a sheet and narrate the story by cutting the sheets along with the narration to make the characters.

  1. PROP

Different props can be used to narrate stories.

  1. MUSICAL

Use of songs related to stories.

STORY GAMES

TELLING STORIES WITH OBJECTS: this can be a paired or group activity.

Organic storytelling

Encourage concentration, listening, spontaneity and creativity.

  1. Have someone start a start a story with one sentence. Next person continues the story.
  2. Have someone start with just one word and next person continues with that links.

STORY DICE

A pocket-size story generator that engages children, sparks creativity, builds their vocabulary and encourages social confidence.

PERSONAL STORIES

Sharing personal stories help build empathy and connect with children. So, encourage children to share their stories too.

Once Up On A Time: “The Art Of Story Telling” was a learning experience for us. Along the session, the participants were asked to do the activities related to different forms of storytelling. It was worth attending interactive session that encouraged us to use different technicalities of storytelling.

Ms Neena Girishand Ms Akhila Arora, SLA GB Members participated in the Workshop.

Report by Ms Neena Girish

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