My Story: How to Craft and Tell Personal Stories

Target Participants:

This workshop is open to anyone fluent in English and with a burning desire to bring craft and/or tell a personal story.


Two 3-hour sessions (with a short break midway during each session)

No. of Participants:

4 minimum, 10 maximum

There are aspects of your life or the lives of people around you that you want to share with family, friends, business colleagues or client. Yet how can you make such personal stories sound more interesting and substantial than mere anecdotal accounts? My Story will help you shape personal stories into tellable, thought-provoking tales that will fascinate the listener of your choice.

Areas Covered:

Session #1: Crafting

  • Why tell personal tales?
  • When is telling a personal tale appropriate?
  • Different types of personal tales
  • How to crafting your personal story

Session #2: Telling

  • Review of the story that you have crafted
  • Tips on how to polish the story
  • Tips on how to bring your tale alive verbally in a performance or presentation context
About the Facilitator

Verena Tay has spent more than 25 years acting, directing and writing for Singaporean English-language theatre. She has three published collections of plays and is now working on her debut novel and first volume of short stories. In addition, Verena is an active storyteller-cum-storytelling coach and a co-founder of MoonShadow Stories. Possessing an MA in Voice Studies (Central School of Speech and Drama, 2005) and an MA in English Literature (National University of Singapore, 1993), she has been helping people to improve their communication skills since 2001 and currently teaches voice, speech and presentation skills at various local institutions. For more information about Verena, please visit