The "Ten Storytelling Skills" Seminar Art & Technique for Effective Storytelling


San Alfonso Conference Center

Long Branch, New Jersey

October 29 - November 3, 2017

Basic Info

What makes storytelling a powerful way of communicating? A careful balance of technique and art. 

Once techniques are mastered, they can be artisticslly applied in effective storytelling.  This seminar provide tools for making everyone better listeners and tellers through both technique and art.

Dr. Robert Béla Wilhelm has designed and taught this seminar over many years. His focus is on helping tellers develop their specific storytelling talents most effectively.

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1.  Gardner’s Challenge: Utilizing our multiple inteligences in our storytelling.

2.  Jayne’s Paradox: How the brain processes both story telling & listening… Seven gateways between “sending” and “receiving” a story. How “noise” at any of the gateways desrupts and distorts the message.

3.  Ariadne’s Thread: The importance of the narrative line (plot).  Telling in time and hearing in eternity - Kronos rules the telling. Kairos the listening.  The image of the Ikon in the completed story.  The narrative dimension of storytelling.

4.  Polanyi's Principle in describing details: Knowing more than we can tell and the Goldilocks Test. The descriptive dimension of storytelling.

5.  Perls' Practice: Projection in storytelling: the teller as simultaneously scriptwirter, director, and various characters in a tale. The dramatic dimension of storytelling.

6.  Eliade’s Insight: “In Illo Tempore”. Using both enchantment and disenchantment in any storytelling event. Ecstatic and Meditative storytelling. The spiritual dimension of storytelling.

7.  Olrik's Overview: the nine laws of oral storytelling including repetition, doubling, and formula openings and closings. 

8.  The Modernist Shift: Subplots and Flashbacks. Difference between oral, written, and mass-media (video) storytelling

9.  The Parabolic Effect:  Surprise and Reversal of Expectations as the “purpose” or “final cause” of storytelling. The transforming and healing power of stories.

10. The Next Steps:  Integrating the seminar’s content in your practice of Art and Technique in the storytelling arts.

— Robert Béla Wilhelm

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© Robert Bela Wilhelm 2017