Storytelling and Sense-Making: why and how we tell stories..



  • We use stories every day.
  • Stories are created, told and analysed
  • We make sense of the world around us through the stories we tell.

In this dynamic and interactive workshop, we look at storytelling across mediums. We will explore practically:

  • how did human beings begin telling stories? By trying out some easy and accessible oral storytelling ideas, we can begin to get a sense of why we tell and how we use stories.
  • why Hollywood teaches scriptwriting still using ancient Greek theatre story structures.
  • how, regardless of whether a short film, a feature, a 6-part Netflix series or a contemporary theatre piece, why the same building blocks of storytelling are used. These are the same principles that make up how we even Tweet!
  • how some stories have made us want to change the world around us.

Join the dynamic academic team from our Media, Performance and Communication department to take you through this workshop.

Key facts

On campus
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Short session
Key Stage
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Key Stage 4
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4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
7. Encounters with further and higher education

Example programme

This session will last approximately 2 hours and can be combined with another Creative Arts & Media masterclass to make a full day programme.

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