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One-Day Short Course: Storytelling

November 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Saturday 16 November 2019, 10am-4pm. Lunch is not included.

Birmingham & Midland Institute


Storytelling is one of our oldest and most potent art forms.

In this interactive, and creative workshop we will be exploring the gems of this oral tradition that can be applied to any story you are currently developing.

A beguiling traditional tale (told by Maria) will act as the starting point for the session.

You will take part in practical methods that will help in character development, dialogue, perspective and narrative in any story you are working on.

This short course will help those who want to deepen their understanding of story and how to tell a great tale. Beginners are welcome.



Maria Whatton is an award-winning storyteller and founder of “Stories for Peace” at the National Memorial Arboretum. For over twenty years she has toured performances of traditional tales nationally and internationally. She is a fiction author, published by Orion, has been the Chair of an International Literary Prize and Artistic Director for numerous community performance projects. She is curator and founder of “Once Upon a Wednesday” a storytelling and spoken word event based at The Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton.

Originally from a large Liverpudlian family of Irish heritage Maria learnt from her dad that dry old sentences can be rubbed together to create a fire for the imagination.


Course dates:

Saturday 16 November 2019, 10am-4pm. Lunch is not included.


Tickets: £45 / £40 (concs)


Please note: you must sign up for the full course even if you cannot attend all dates. No partial course ticket is available.

Short Courses are for over 18s. If you are a young writer, you can sign up for our Spark Young Writers Programme.

All Writing West Midlands short courses are collaborative, and you will learn as much from your fellow course attendees as from the tutor. You will be expected to play an active role in group tasks, and you will also have time to reflect on your own writing during sessions.

Course handouts are sometimes (but not always) available, and notes may be available in advance upon request. If you have any additional needs, please contact Writing West Midlands in advance of the course starting and we will try to assist you.

Presented in partnership with the Birmingham & Midland Institute.


November 16, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Birmingham and Midland Institute
9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, B3 3BS United Kingdom


Writing West Midlands