Spark: How to Tell Personal Stories that Kindle Mind and Spirit

Target Participants:

Anyone aged 16 & above


1 session, three hours per session

No. of Participants:

Min: 10 people; Max: 30 people

Pre-Workshop Preparation:

  • Participants who are able to communicate fluently in English are welcome.
  • Please bring a personal object of sentimental value.
  • Please have in hand paper and pen/pencil for some writing exercises.

Notes for Organisers:

  • Please make available a fair-sized room that can easily accommodate all the workshop participants and the facilitator (seated in a circular formation). Please make sure that any other tables and chairs are stored against the wall or outside the room so that the participants have space to move freely about the space when they do the various exercises.
  • Please provide a large whiteboard and pens as well as access to computer/computer projection to show PowerPoint slides.
  • Please make copies of hand-outs that will be emailed to prior to the workshop. The hand-outs are to be given to the participants at the end of the workshop.

People have been telling stories to each other as a way of communicating information, knowledge and morals since time immemorial. Using merely the power of the spoken word, a good storyteller can evoke clear mental images and inspire the listener. If you wish to improve your storytelling skills and ability to communicate your experiences or values to others, this hands-on workshop will provide you with practical tips on how to:

  • structure tellable tales from real-life experience,
  • rehearse and imbibe stories into your system,
  • enhance your vocal delivery skills, and
  • tell your stories with confidence and from the heart.

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to share your personal stories more effectively and make a clearer impact on your listeners.

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