Sharing Your Story through a Virtual StoryWindow

A 5-session Online Storytelling Workshop 
Connecting with listeners and telling stories in a Virtual World

Monday, October 25, 2021 (2.5 hours): Creating your Story Space
Thursday-Sunday October 28-31 (2-3 hours per day, including a Saturday evening online performance for friends and family ): Polishing, Performing, & Feedback

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

In these unusual times of social distancing, our stories are a ray of sunshine to nurture and grow our connections with friends, co-workers and family, as well as with audiences near and far. 

Here is an engaging, online storytelling workshop to encourage the stories that are (or might be) bubbling inside of you.

Sharing Your Story through a Virtual StoryWindow​ Overview

Taking Your Story to the Stage is focused on storytelling performance

This workshop covers suggestions on setting up your telling space, real-time practicing and honing your skills with partners in the virtual world, telling to a live, online audience and receiving supportive feedback.

With the upcoming winter holidays, we may find ourselves once again gathering together through technology when we cannot be present in real time. If so, what a perfect time to share stories.

Are you ready to discover and explore a funny, tender, or embarrassing family story to tell? Or perhaps dive into a traditional story that has been ‘wanting to be told?’  Would you like to know how to encourage your co-workers and family members to share stories and sustain connections, even over long distances? Do you want to take advantage of the many opportunities to perform online, from your home for audiences around the world?

This virtual session can benefit everyone who is wanting to connect more directly and authentically using online tools – including writers, teachers, sales professionals, poets, grandparents, storytellers, youth workers, ministers, students, attorneys, presenters, & all those curious.

The focus of this intensive workshop is on getting comfortable with telling stories online. Each participant is asked to come with a story that they want to share.  The workshop begins on Monday evening (EST – check your time zone here) 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 Simon Brooks (pictured above) and/or Cooper Braun who are both storytellers as well as skilled audio/video professionals.

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 for invited guests beginning at 7:00pm. Connie emcees and introduces each storyteller. You will have the option of recording your own story on Zoom.

Sunday afternoon is a time for supportive feedback and tweaks on Saturday evening’s show.  Each participant has 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. 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... ~READ MORE

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 30, 2021.) 

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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.

“Sharing Your Story Through a Virtual StoryWindow” welcomes those who Connie feels are ready for this next step in their storytelling journey.  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.

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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