The International School of Storytelling has worked out of the Storytelling Hut at Emerson College for over 2 decades, first under the umbrella of Emerson, and since 2011 as an independent Charity. In that time thousands of students from over 17 countries worldwide have visited to take courses with the School.
A storyteller is more than a teller of tales. Stories can entertain, heal, inspire, educate, and help us connect with our deepest selves and longings. Story tellers have a long-standing tradition behind them and hold a great passing the ancient tales, questioning, renewing, and creating new stories for the world today - whilst exploring new inspirations, to allow the development of the art. In their exploration of oral storytelling, tutors draw on the traditional elements of the craft: performance and education, as well as pioneering new ways of working.
With a huge variety of courses ranging from autobiographical storytelling, to working with story in education, health, and healing, to traditional (last year the School offered a home to the last known tradition bearer, the Drut’syla, of an oral tradition that has been passed down through generations of Jewish women from grandmother to granddaughter) or contemporary performance, the School is constantly growing and exploring. The art of storytelling is a powerful medium, with the ability to inspire change and development. This new paradigm, exploring the new story emerging and working with stories for well-being and self-development is a running theme thorough the School’s teaching practices, the use of the imagination and personal stories to inspire 21st century audiences, building connections and community.
To learn more about the School of Storytelling please visit their website.