International Storytelling Festival Singapore 2021


Telling Stories With Confidence
An Introduction To the Craft of Storytelling

Verena Tay

Sun 27 June 2021
10:00am – 4:00pm
Blue Room, The Arts House (Map)

For adult participants ages 18 years old and above.

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Stories can change people’s minds and make a difference. Stories help you learn and connect with others. We’re so attuned to telling stories that we tend to think it’s a gift – a talent you either have, or don’t. When really, storytelling is a skill you can learn and practise.

If you’re struggling to communicate your ideas at work, have a tendency to ramble on with friends or in interviews, this workshop is a safe space to start telling better stories. If you’re an aspiring performer, this workshop will help you to develop the craft of storytelling.

Through step-by-step processes and hands-on exercises, learn to craft simple stories using familiar folktales and gain fresh insights and skills on how to confidently engage an audience.

Educators, Counselling & Therapy, Emerging Artists, Managers & Leaders


  • Discover different methods to craft a story – whether you’re looking to reframe or create one
  • Learn how to rehearse the telling of the chosen story
  • Explore Kamishibai or traditional Japanese visual storyboards
  • Practise using voice and body effectively as a communicator

At the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Create a simple story or adapt a folktale, and sequence story events
  • Engage with the story and learn it without memorisation
  • Develop an expressive voice and movements to bring the story to life for an audience


Photography & Video Recording Rules:

  • Unauthorised video and audio recording is not permitted for this event.
  • Photography without flash and without disrupting the artists/event is permitted within reason.

Admittance Rules:

  • All patrons are required to purchase tickets for admission.
  • Admission is subject to proof of tickets purchased.
  • Latecomers advisory: All latecomers must wait for suitable cue for seating.
  • No refunds, no exchange of tickets.


Verena Tay
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Verena Tay (Singapore)

Verena Tay is a seasoned storyteller, theatre practitioner and writer. With over 25 years of experience performing, directing and writing for Singapore English language theatre, Verena has published four collections of her plays as well as two short story anthologies. She has edited 12 volumes of short stories including the popular Balik Kampung series. She has also successfully coached adults to improve their storytelling craft and conducted numerous creative writing workshops.