Improve your skill in telling stories by signing up now, before February 15, for the 24/7/365 course A Closer Look at Storytelling. Almost anyone, with some pointers, can tell a good story and become a story-teller-in-training.
Why the urgency? Druzelle Cederquist, the faculty for the course, is taking some time off to write a book on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. She plans to teach the course once again in 2020. But you may want to hone your storytelling skills before the bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb.
Druzellle says this about storytelling: “Story bridges the gap between mind and heart.” The result is that “A good story can change you.” She goes on to say that this special year in which we are celebrating the bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb—with the dramatic and moving stories of the Him and His heroic followers, the Dawnbreakers— is an excellent time for improving your storytelling skills.
According to Druzelle, here is what you can expect in the course, which allows you to work at your own pace: “Ten short videos introduce you to a few key principles, practices, and related brain science for becoming a more effective storyteller. Topics include the storyteller’s vital role, the collaborative nature of storytelling, practical tools to engage listeners, creating a supportive practice, culturally diverse storytelling, and storytelling opportunities inherent in Bahá’í life. Examples are taken from the course text The Story of Bahá’u’lláh: Promised One of All Religions,” but you can extrapolate what you learn to tell stories about the Báb.
The course does not aim to turn you into an expert storyteller. But it does aim to create the learning mindset of a “storyteller-in-training” by offering supportive accompaniment. Druzelle concludes by saying “Whether sharing a story with a friend or a roomful of people, as an individual storyteller or as part of a group, anyone can grow their storytelling comfort zone.”
Use this link or the one in the opening paragraph to sign up for the course.