Do you love stories and want to learn to write and perform them?  Are you a storyteller who desires to polish your skills?  Although Story Arts of Minnesota isn't running classes at this time, many of our members lead courses, classes, and workshops which we list below.  If you know of storytelling learning opportunities that should appear here, please send the information to storyartsmn@gmail.com.  


Memoir & Narrative Writing - Mpls Community Ed (6-week class)

Mondays, June 17th - July 22nd
6:30-8:30pm

Center for Adult Learning, 2015 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

Writing about your own life can be rewarding -- and there are so many forms your material can take: memoir, short stories, online blog, even performance monologues. This all-levels class uses writing exercises and discussion to cover finding the heart of a personal story, compressing time, working with specificity and detail, and developing your unique voice. Bring a notebook and pen, or laptop.

TEACHER: Local writer, actor, and storyteller Amy Salloway.

REGISTER: https://tce.me/h0m643
COST: $55


Using Humor in a Story - Mpls Community Ed (4-week class)

Wednesdays, June 19th - July 10th
6:30-8:30pm

Center for Adult Learning, 2015 E. Lake St. Mpls

https://tce.me/h0mrXH
Humor in a story balances out pain, reveals the narrator's vulnerability, and builds an emotional connection. If humor is such a vital tool, why can it feel so difficult to create, especially within a story that's serious, dramatic or sad? This interactive class analyzes the roots of humor, and takes students through writing exercises they can utilize to "find the funny" in their stories and themselves. Taught by local writer, actor, and storyteller, Amy Salloway.

TEACHER: Local writer, actor, and storyteller, Amy Salloway.

REGISTER: https://tce.me/h0mrXH
COST: $39


Storytelling from Audience to Zeal: Finding, Crafting, and Telling Great Stories  (6-week online class)

June 26-July 30, 2019
Online.

This workshop is for anyone interested in becoming a better storyteller, whether from the stage, at bedtime, in the office, or elsewhere. While we will focus on stories told live in the moment, this class is helpful for anyone who wants to e a better speaker, writer, communicator, and transformative language artist.

Objectives and goals:

  1. Participants will learn about the history and uses of storytelling.

  2. Participants will develop at least four stories that they can comfortable tell, including one folktale, one personal story, and one scary story. Participants will have the opportunity to practice storytelling during weekly video conferences (to be scheduled).

  3. Participants will explore different places and audiences for storytelling.

  4. Participants will understand how the story triangle works and how they can use it in their own storytelling to develop better stories for specific audiences.

  5. Participants will explore a range of storytelling techniques.

  6. Participants will consider the ethical uses of storytelling.

Week-by-week schedule: at https://www.tlanetwork.org/event-3264528

Who Should Take This Class: This online and video conference class is for people who are interested in learning to tell stories out loud, without notes. This class works well for people who are interested in performance, conquering public speaking, listening, and are willing to take a risk to step outside of their comfort zone within a safe and supportive environment. Participants will get far more out of the class if they can commit to the weekly video calls.

Format: Participants can expect to spend 2-4 hours a week reading assignments, writing in response to prompts, story crafting, telling their own story, watching, and listening to stories from others during a weekly video conference (to be scheduled). Participants will receive and give positive, strengths-based feedback when responding to peers' work.

TEACHER: Laura Packer (laurapacker.com)

REGISTER: https://www.tlanetwork.org/event-3264528
COST: $210-$270


The Story Studio (2-Day Workshop)

Saturday, July 13, 2019, 12-4(ish)pm
Sunday, July 14, 2019, 12-2:30pm

 The Phoenix Theatre
2605 Hennepin Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55408

The Story Studio's 2-Day Storytelling Workshop is a perfect weekend intensive for those dipping their toes into storytelling waters for the first time, AND for seasoned performers wanting to brush up on skills or focus on a new or challenging project. The 7-or-so hours of class include lecture, discussion, individual and group exercises, performance time, and feedback and critique. Students will leave having developed and presented at least the first draft of a 5-7 minute personal story to perform onstage, and will come away with tools for developing narrative material that are applicable to a wide variety of settings: theatre, story slams, written memoir, podcasts, lectures, public speaking, TED talks, business presentations, and more.

Saturday consists of interactive exercises that will help students identify and refine a story to tell to the class. On Sunday, students will perform their stories in class, and receive in-depth feedback from their instructor and classmates.

This class is open to everyone. No experience required.

TEACHER:  Minneapolis actor, writer and storyteller Amy Salloway.

REGISTER:  https://thestorystudio.org/Workshops/july-2-day-level-1-storytelling-workshop-with-amy-salloway/
COST:$150


Storytelling 1 (4-week class)

Wednesdays, September 4, 11, 18, and 25
7:00pm-9:15pm

Strike Theater
824 18th Avenue NE, Minneapolis 55418

Class is limited to 10 students
(This class is for adults 18+)

The ability to tell a great story is one of the most powerful skills that you can have. This class will help you dive into the art of narrative storytelling. We will explore how to craft stories, how to build performance skills, how to connect with your audience, and there will be a focus on preparing for story slams. You will leave class with at least one performance ready piece and lists of the ideas to keep you busy all year long. You will be invited to perform your story in a showcase if you want to hit the stage with it!

Who should take this class? No experience necessary. Perfect for anybody that wants to learn about storytelling or for storytellers that have slammed and want to build a deeper tool kit.

TEACHER: Allison Broeren

REGISTER: https://www.strike.theater/store/p53/Storytelling_I%3A_Sep_Session_Summer19.html
COST: $175


The Story Studio (2-Day Workshop)

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 12-4(ish)pm
Sunday, September 15, 2019, 12-2:30pm

The Phoenix Theatre
2605 Hennepin Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55408

The Story Studio's 2-Day Storytelling Workshop is a perfect weekend intensive for those dipping their toes into storytelling waters for the first time, AND for seasoned performers wanting to brush up on skills or focus on a new or challenging project. The 7-or-so hours of class include lecture, discussion, individual and group exercises, performance time, and feedback and critique. Students will leave having developed and presented at least the first draft of a 5-7 minute personal story to perform onstage, and will come away with tools for developing narrative material that are applicable to a wide variety of settings: theatre, story slams, written memoir, podcasts, lectures, public speaking, TED talks, business presentations, and more.

Saturday consists of interactive exercises that will help students identify and refine a story to tell to the class. On Sunday, students will perform their stories in class, and receive in-depth feedback from their instructor and classmates.

This class is open to everyone. No experience required.

TEACHER:  Minneapolis actor, writer and storyteller Amy Salloway.

REGISTER:  https://thestorystudio.org/Workshops/september-2-day-level-1-storytelling-workshop-with-amy-salloway/
COST:  $150


Storytelling II (4-week class)

Mondays, September 23, 30 & October 7 & 14, 2019
7:00pm - 9:15pm

Class is limited to 10 students
(This class is for adults 18+)

Dive in deeper to the awesome world of storytelling! In Storytelling II students will complete a longer (10-12 minute) autobiographical story. We will explore how to use characters, setting, and inner monologue in story effectively with a focus on performing your written piece. Each week there will be writing exercises to spark new stories, and time to workshop pieces together. Students will be invited to perform in a showcase after class in complete.

TEACHER: Allison Broeren is the co-owner of Strike, a Moth Mainstage performer, host of the Story SlamMN!, a founding member of the Rockstar Storytellers, and director of Word Sprout. She has seen over 1000 stories on the slam stage and can’t wait to geek out on storytelling with you.

PREREQUISITE: Storytelling I

REGISTER: https://www.strike.theater/store/p57/Storytelling_II%3A_Sep_Fall_Session19.html
COST: $175


Storytelling 1 Weekend Intensive

Saturday, October 5, and Sunday, October 6, 2019
10:00am - 3:00pm

Strike Theater
824 18th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Class is limited to 10 students
(This class is for adults 18+)

Strike Theater's Storytelling I class condensed into one amazing weekend!

The ability to tell a great story is one of the most powerful skills that you can have. This class will help you dive into the art of narrative storytelling. We will explore how to craft stories, how to build performance skills, how to connect with your audience, and there will be a focus on preparing a five minute real life story that you can use in a slam. You will leave class with at least one performance ready piece and lists of the ideas to keep you busy all year long.

Who should take this class? No experience necessary. Perfect for artists of other genres that want to learn about storytelling or for storytellers that have slammed and want to build a deeper tool kit.

TEACHER: Allison Broeren is the co-owner of Strike, a Moth Mainstage performer, host of the Story SlamMN!, a founding member of the Rockstar Storytellers, and director of Word Sprout. She has seen over 1000 stories on the slam stage and can’t wait to geek out on storytelling with you.

REGISTER: https://www.strike.theater/store/p59/Storytelling_I%3A_Weekend_Instensive_Oct19.html
COST: $175


The Story Studio (2-Day Workshop)

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 12-4(ish)pm
Sunday, November 10, 2019, 12-2:30pm

 The Phoenix Theatre
2605 Hennepin Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55408

The Story Studio's 2-Day Storytelling Workshop is a perfect weekend intensive for those dipping their toes into storytelling waters for the first time, AND for seasoned performers wanting to brush up on skills or focus on a new or challenging project. The 7-or-so hours of class include lecture, discussion, individual and group exercises, performance time, and feedback and critique. Students will leave having developed and presented at least the first draft of a 5-7 minute personal story to perform onstage, and will come away with tools for developing narrative material that are applicable to a wide variety of settings: theatre, story slams, written memoir, podcasts, lectures, public speaking, TED talks, business presentations, and more.

Saturday consists of interactive exercises that will help students identify and refine a story to tell to the class. On Sunday, students will perform their stories in class, and receive in-depth feedback from their instructor and classmates.

This class is open to everyone. No experience required.

TEACHER:  Minneapolis actor, writer and storyteller Amy Salloway.

REGISTER: https://thestorystudio.org/Workshops/november-2-day-level-1-storytelling-workshop-with-amy-salloway/
COST:$150


Storytelling 1 (4-week class)

Mondays, November 11, 18, 25 & December 2, 2019
7:00pm-9:15pm

Strike Theater
824 18th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Class is limited to 10 students
(This class is for adults 18+)

The ability to tell a great story is one of the most powerful skills that you can have. This class will help you dive into the art of narrative storytelling. We will explore how to craft stories, how to build performance skills, how to connect with your audience, and there will be a focus on preparing for story slams. You will leave class with at least one performance ready piece and lists of the ideas to keep you busy all year long. You will be invited to perform your story in a showcase if you want to hit the stage with it!

Who should take this class? No experience necessary. Perfect for anybody that wants to learn about storytelling or for storytellers that have slammed and want to build a deeper tool kit.

TEACHER: Allison Broeren

REGISTER: https://www.strike.theater/store/p54/Storytelling_I%3A_Nov_Session_Winter19.html
COST: $175


Storytelling 1 (4-week class)

Mondays, February 17, 24 and March 2, 9, 2020
7:00pm-9:15pm

Strike Theater
824 18th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Class is limited to 10 students
(This class is for adults 18+)

The ability to tell a great story is one of the most powerful skills that you can have. This class will help you dive into the art of narrative storytelling. We will explore how to craft stories, how to build performance skills, how to connect with your audience, and there will be a focus on preparing for story slams. You will leave class with at least one performance ready piece and lists of the ideas to keep you busy all year long. You will be invited to perform your story in a showcase if you want to hit the stage with it!

Who should take this class? No experience necessary. Perfect for anybody that wants to learn about storytelling or for storytellers that have slammed and want to build a deeper tool kit.

TEACHER: Allison Broeren

REGISTER: https://www.strike.theater/store/p55/Storytelling_I%3A_Feb_Session_Winter20.html
COST: $175


Storytelling II (4-week class)

Tuesdays, Feb 18, 25 and March 3, 10, 2020
7:00pm - 9:15pm

Strike Theater
824 18th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Class is limited to 10 students
(This class is for adults 18+)

Dive in deeper to the awesome world of storytelling! In Storytelling II students will complete a longer (10-12 minute) autobiographical story. We will explore how to use characters, setting, and inner monologue in story effectively with a focus on performing your written piece. Each week there will be writing exercises to spark new stories, and time to workshop pieces together. Students will be invited to perform in a showcase after class in complete.

TEACHER: Allison Broeren is the co-owner of Strike, a Moth Mainstage performer, host of the Story SlamMN!, a founding member of the Rockstar Storytellers, and director of Word Sprout. She has seen over 1000 stories on the slam stage and can’t wait to geek out on storytelling with you.

PREREQUISITE: Storytelling I

REGISTER: https://www.strike.theater/store/p58/Storytelling_II%3A_Feb_Session_Winter20.html
COST: $175


Storytelling 1 Weekend Intensive

Saturday April 4 and Sunday April 5, 2020
10:00am - 3:00pm

Strike Theater
824 18th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Class is limited to 10 students
(This class is for adults 18+)

Strike Theater's Storytelling I class condensed into one amazing weekend!

The ability to tell a great story is one of the most powerful skills that you can have. This class will help you dive into the art of narrative storytelling. We will explore how to craft stories, how to build performance skills, how to connect with your audience, and there will be a focus on preparing a five minute real life story that you can use in a slam. You will leave class with at least one performance ready piece and lists of the ideas to keep you busy all year long.

Who should take this class? No experience necessary. Perfect for artists of other genres that want to learn about storytelling or for storytellers that have slammed and want to build a deeper tool kit.

TEACHER: Allison Broeren is the co-owner of Strike, a Moth Mainstage performer, host of the Story SlamMN!, a founding member of the Rockstar Storytellers, and director of Word Sprout. She has seen over 1000 stories on the slam stage and can’t wait to geek out on storytelling with you.

REGISTER: https://www.strike.theater/store/p60/Storytelling_I_Weekend_Intensive%3A_April_2020_.html
COST: $175


Storytelling 1 (4-week class)

Wednesdays, April 15, 22, 29 & May 6, 2020
7:00pm-9:15pm

Strike Theater
824 18th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Class is limited to 10 students
(This class is for adults 18+)

The ability to tell a great story is one of the most powerful skills that you can have. This class will help you dive into the art of narrative storytelling. We will explore how to craft stories, how to build performance skills, how to connect with your audience, and there will be a focus on preparing for story slams. You will leave class with at least one performance ready piece and lists of the ideas to keep you busy all year long. You will be invited to perform your story in a showcase if you want to hit the stage with it!

Who should take this class? No experience necessary. Perfect for anybody that wants to learn about storytelling or for storytellers that have slammed and want to build a deeper tool kit.

TEACHER: Allison Broeren

REGISTER: https://www.strike.theater/store/p56/Strorytelling_I%3A_April_Session_Spring20.html
COST: $175