Storytelling MasterClass


In this two-day workshop, participants will learn the art of storytelling. The first day emphasizes the technical elements of story and of high-quality storytelling. Here, we will focus on understanding the purpose of story, elements of story, the use of theme to give power to story, and the use of improvisation. The second day shifts the focus from general storytelling techniques to an understanding of personal stories. Here, we will focus on identify, truth, editing, and the unfolding of the narrative arc. The day will conclude with an opportunity for participants to share their own stories.

This workshop is high experiential. Participants should be prepared to tell stories, engage in conversation, participate in improvisational activities, and engage in personal reflection. They will also have the opportunity to be entertained and inspired by a selection of carefully curated stories.

Learning Objectives.

At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify the elements common to effective storytelling
  • List multiple purposes of story and understand how each can structure narrative
  • Articulate their own personal story, separating it into chapters and identifying major them


Day One

  • An Introduction to story: Its purpose and quality
  • Elements of Effective Storytelling
  • Improvisation
  • The Use of Theme

Day Two

  • Truth, Revision, and Narrative Intervention
  • Understanding Your Own Story
  • Participant Storytelling

About the Presenter

Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener majored in storytelling in college. His entrance essay focused on the role stories play in teaching and entertainment. During his tenure in school he created an independent curriculum that included acting, script writing, stand-up comedy, and short story writing. Robert later went on to become a research psychologist and coach, and narrative has played a central role in his work. He collects stories in the form of research interviews, uses narrative as a basis of his work with clients, and is well known for telling stories in his trainings. From time to time Robert also writes for magazines and blogs. His topics range from rock climbing to performance science to journalism.

Workshop Details

Date: 14 - 15 April 2018
Fee: SGD 2200

For more information:
+65 6884 5161

Apr 14 - Apr 15, 2018
[ Sat ] - [ Sun ]
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM SGT
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Venue Address
100 Orchard Road, #03-20/21/14, Concorde Hotel & Shopping Mall Singapore
The School of Positive Psychology