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 and Narrative Writing

6 weeks
Mondays, Oct 1 - Nov 12 (No class 10/15)
6:30-8:30pm

Jefferson Elementary School
26th and Hennepin Ave. in Uptown Minneapolis

REGISTER: https://tce.me/gM3AWX
$49

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. Taught by local writer, actor, and storyteller Amy Salloway.


Storytelling Specialty Class:  Scary Stories

4 weeks
Mondays October 1, 8, 15, 22
7:00pm-9:15 pm

Strike Theater
824 18th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

REGISTER:  http://www.strike.theater/store/p42/Storytelling_Specialty_Class%3A_Scary_Stories.html
$175

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

Let’s get our spooky stories on! This class will focus on continuing to grow your personal narrative style with the focus on telling a scary story from your life. It can be being lost, seeing ghosts, or just going through those scary times in life. Learn about building tension and humor in serious plots while crafting your performance ready piece and lots of ideas to keep you busy writing for awhile. 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, but a perfect step from Storytelling I. Great for those that have a scary story to put out in the world or want to continue building their storytelling toolkit. Also great for performers from other genres that want to explore storytelling.  Class is limited to 10 students.  (This class is for adults 18+)

Teachers: Allison Broeren & Ward Rubrecht


Writing: Using Humor in a Story

4 weeks
Tuesdays, Oct 9 - Oct 30
6:30-8:30pm

Jefferson Elementary School
26th and Hennepin Ave. in Uptown Minneapolis

REGISTER: https://tce.me/gM3Bag
$39

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.


Stories About Place; Stories About You

Saturday and Sunday, October 13 & 14, 1:00-400pm

Hennepin History Museum
2303 Third Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404

REGISTER: Space is limited.  To purchase tickets, please visit hennepinhistory.org or call 612-870-1329 ext. 2#.
$110; $95 for members of the Hennepin History Museum

In this two day workshop (October 13 & 14, 1:00-4:00 pm), performer and master storyteller Amy Salloway (www.amysalloway.com) will lead you through a range of participatory exercises to identify, craft and perform a true, place-based story from your own life.  


The Story Studio 2-Day Workshop

Saturday, November 10, 2018, 12pm-4pm (approx) AND
Sunday, November 11, 2018, 12-2:30pm

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

Website: thestorystudio.org
REGISTER: https://bit.ly/2HBpEoz
Cost: $150

The Story Studio's 2-Day Storytelling Workshop (https://thestorystudio.org) 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, corporate training, 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.

Taught by Minneapolis actor/writer/storyteller Amy Salloway (www.amysalloway.com). 


Storytelling Specialty Class:  Holiday Stories

3 meetings
Monday November 12 7:00-9:30pm
Saturday November 17 10:30am-2:30pm
Monday November 19 7:00-9:30  

Strike Theater
824 18th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

REGISTER: http://www.strike.theater/store/p43/Storytelling_Specialty_Class%3A_Holiday_Stories.html
$175

Can’t commit to a bunch of weekdays in a row? This is the class for you. A one week, 3 day intensive that won’t break your time bank.

This class focuses on writing narratives around the Holiday. Share those chaotic family dinners, those sweet gift exchanges, the worst and the best and all the rest. Right in time the Holidays dig into building great characters and sharing emotional narratives. Think about humor and drama working together while crafting your performance ready piece and lots of ideas to keep you busy writing for awhile. 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, but a perfect step from Storytelling I. Great for those that have a holiday story to put out in the world, just want to document memories, or want to continue building their storytelling toolkit. Also great for performers from other genres that want to explore storytelling.  Class is limited to 10 students.  (This class is for adults 18+)

Teacher: Allison Broeren


Writing Workshop: Story Structure

Monday, November 26
6:00-9:00 pm

Jefferson Elementary School
26th and Hennepin Ave. in Uptown Minneapolis

REGISTER: https://tce.me/gM3Brr
$19

Explore ways to use plot structure in creative and narrative writing and storytelling. This hands-on workshop teaches the essential structural elements of a story; the benefits of veering from "beginning, middle, end"; and provides time to write and share some experiments with the order in which things are told. Taught by local writer, actor, and storyteller Amy Salloway.


Writing Workshop: Voice and Tense

Monday, December 3
6:00-9:00 pm

Jefferson Elementary School
26th and Hennepin Ave. in Uptown Minneapolis

REGISTER: https://tce.me/gM3BFs
$19

How does an author decide whether to write a novel in a first-person voice, or third? Why do I keep accidentally changing my story from past tense to present tense? Why does this "voice" and "tense" stuff matter, anyway? If you're a writer (at any level!) who enjoys playing with story craft, this is a chance to dig into two important elements of narrative style through reading, writing exercises and discussion. Bring a notebook or laptop. Taught by local writer, actor, and storyteller Amy Salloway.