Taking Your Story to the Virtual Stage: An Online Workshop

A Storytelling Intensive Workshop
For Performing in a Virtual World

Monday, October 25, 2021 (2.5 hours): Creating our Story Stage
Thursday-Sunday October 28-31 (2-3 hours per day, including a Saturday evening online performance for friends and family):
Polishing, Performing, & Feedback
Partial scholarships available. See information below.

Thanks to your workshop, I am becoming more and more comfortable telling and recording my stories for my family on zoom. I even told a story for a program at North Carolina State. Afterwards I gave myself many appreciations, including that I had sense enough to take your workshop. It opened a door for me to continue sharing my stories.

Jane O Cunningham, Workshop Participant

With “all that is going on” in our changing world, we are challenged to find new and creative ways to tell our stories and connect with our listeners. Connie is excited to transform her performance storytelling intensive workshop into an online version using the Zoom format. 

Workshop participants learn new skills as we polish and adapt familiar techniques so we can continue to share our stories in a virtual way. Many have now experienced Connie’s approach to story feedback and are familiar with her ground rules for “appreciations,” deep listening, and partnering. This group setting also allows for more advanced coaching. 

Taking Your Story to the Virtual Stage Overview

Taking Your Story to the Stage is focused on storytelling performance

The focus of this intensive workshop is on storytelling performance and techniques to stream live online. Each participant is asked to come with a story that is almost “performance-ready.” The workshop begins on the Monday evening with attention paid to each participant’s individual set-up, along with breakout rooms for story work.

During the week between sessions, participants have time to continue working on their stories and set up, with the opportunity (for an additional fee) to work with storyteller Simon Brooks (pictured to the left) who is also an audio/video technician.

Thursday and Friday’s afternoon sessions continue group and partner exercises with individual feedback designed to smooth rough edges and polish your story and performance.

On Saturday evening the group meets at 6:30pm to double check our tech set-up, with the performance beginning at 7:00pm. Connie emcees the performance for invited guests and introduces each storyteller. You will have the option of recording your own story on Zoom.

Sunday afternoon, each participant has group focused time to reflect on her/his performance and then receive individualized feedback, appreciations, coaching, and suggestions from Connie and the other participants.

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I highly recommend “Taking Your Story to the Virtual Stage” to anyone who desires to take full advantage of the glorious opportunity online storytelling presents us. ~Read more...

 Transitioning our storytelling to the virtual stage is perhaps the most pertinent skill required by performers in this new age. Connie Regan-Blake has embraced the challenge, perfected the art, and distilled it down to a week-long course that has me eagerly anticipating my next online performance opportunity. The class covered everything from setting up a visually-pleasing home theater space, to evolving my stage presence to take advantage of the unexpected intimacy presented by this new venue – from my home to yours. However, what makes this a true Connie Regan-Blake class, is the focus on developing an appreciation for ourselves and the personal strengths we bring to the craft and extending that same graciousness to others. – Dawn Cromwell, Storyteller

Christine Westfeldt at Taking Your Story to the Stage Show

Registration Information

Workshop Registration Fee: $450
Early Registration Discount: $395
(if paid in full by September 15, 2021.) 

Print Registration

More details: This workshop is limited to eight participants, so reserve your place now with a $150 deposit.  Make checks payable to Connie Regan-Blake and mail with the Printable Registration Form to the address listed on it. To pay with credit card/PayPal (with a 3% service charge), please contact Connie by phone or email.

“Taking Your Story to the Virtual Stage” is open only to those who Connie feels are ready for this next performance step in a more formal setting.  Please be in touch with her to see if this workshop is a good fit for you. And if you have not previously studied with Connie and/or she has not heard you tell a story, a private coaching session may be required.

Being with you and learning from you was and is a profound gift. I will use what I learned and will continue to learn from your workshop in so many ways–as a grandmother, as a workshop facilitator, as a story-teller, as a writer, and as a spiritual being on a human journey.

Carolyn Wallace, Life Story Catcher

WHAT: Storytelling intensive with feedback, critique and the opportunity to perform live-streaming along with hints and techniques for your virtual set-up!

WHEN: October 25 & 28-31, 2021

WHERE: Online via Zoom.

SCHOLARSHIPS: There are now a limited number of partial scholarship funds available for “Taking Your Story to the Virtual Stage” workshop. You can apply for up to 1/2 of the cost of tuition. Please contact Connie via the form below if you are mailing your scholarship application. A special thanks to those who are supporting the scholarship fund. Contributions to the fund are always welcome.

CEU credits: Check with your local unit for prior approval. Asheville City Schools call 828-350-6112; Buncombe County call 828-225-4781 or email jacqueline.byerly@bcsemail.org.

CONSENT: By registering and participating in this event, you consent to the recording of your likeness, image, and/or voice and authorize StoryWindow to use photographs, video, and audio recordings containing your likeness, image, and/or voice in any medium for any purpose. 

Still not sure if this series is for you? Feel free to contact Connie through the form below.

Here’s what past “Taking the Stage” workshop participants are saying:

Thanks Connie for your excellent leadership! I learn so much every time I am with you. My storytelling has flourished under your nurture! It was a fun, fruitful weekend full of insight, growth, and love.

Steven Tate

Connie sets the tone and creates a safe environment that encourages you to get out of your comfort zone and try new things.

Marjorie Turner

Our workshop with Connie was brimming with the poetry, laughter, quiet, memory and adventure of Story. How Connie held this overflowing container, without losing one single juicy drop, is one of the great, sweet mysteries of my life.

Nancy Shapiro-Pikelny

I’m grateful to be able to experience you, your teaching, and storytelling fresh and new and alive each time. You take my breath away—literally!

Stephanie Biziewski

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