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Telling the Stories of Our Lives (Oral Storytelling) with Ivy Eisenberg via Zoom

Personal storytelling is a contemporary art form, where storytellers craft true, first-person stories and perform them live, without notes, in front of an audience. This course will teach you the art of first-person, oral storytelling. We will cover the basics of what makes a great story, you will mine your life for authentic material, and we will develop your stories into short “performance pieces” to be shared with an audience. You will receive coaching on delivery and performance of the story, including how the audience shapes the shared storytelling experience.

No prior experience of oral storytelling required. NB: This is a six week class taking place on Thursday nights from 7-9pm EST. It will be taught on Zoom. Before you sign up for any of our classes, please read our course policies page.

All sessions are highly interactive and include class materials, references, and videos.

  • SESSION 1: Introductions. The Storytelling Art Form. What Makes a Great Story?
  • SESSION 2: What is Your Story? Crafting Your Stories for Page or Stage
  • SESSION 3: Digging up Details that Matter; Moving Your Audience and Yourself
  • SESSION 4: Performance Tips and Tricks to Tell a Great Story
  • SESSION 5: Rehearsal for class show/One-on-one coaching
  • SESSION 6: Class Show


Ivy Eisenberg is an award-winning comedian, storyteller and humor writer, who performs throughout the tristate area. She is co-producer of StoryBoom, a storytelling series based in White Plains. Prior to this, she co-produced a monthly storytelling/pie-bake-off series called Pros(e) of Pie (www.proseofpie.com) in various Lower Hudson Valley, New York and Fairfield County, CT locations. Ivy has taught storytelling workshops at: Corporations, Dorot Westchester, the Chautauqua Institution, the Creative Problem-Solving Institute, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside (Historic Hudson Valley), Bet Am Shalom Synagogue, the Harrison, NY Library system, Harrison Public Schools, and the Watercooler co-working space in Tarrytown, NY. Ivy does private one-on-one story coaching as well. In addition to Storytelling Workshops, Ivy has taught humor writing at the Watercooler and at the Washington Heights/Inwood YM-YWHA.  Ivy has a BA and MA in English, with concentrations in Education, Writing and Editing. Ivy is also an Innovation and IT consultant (www.ourideaworks.com), providing creativity and innovation workshops, research services, and business analysis to corporations and startups.

Event Location and Ticket Information

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021
Times: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Presenter: Hudson Valley Writers Center
Presenter Phone: 19143325953