International Storytelling Festival Singapore 2021


Telling Stories With Confidence
An Introduction To the Craft of Storytelling

Verena Tay

Sun 27 June 2021
10:00am – 1:00pm SGT (Convert Time)
Online via Zoom
SGD 50

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 how to craft a story for telling
  • 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:

  • Adapt a short tale and sequence story events
  • Engage with a story and learn it without memorisation
  • Improve your vocal and physical expressiveness in bringing a story alive for an audience


Photography & Video Recording Rules:

  • Unauthorised video and audio recording of this workshop is strictly not permitted for this event.

Admittance Rules:

  • All patrons are required to purchase tickets for admission on Zoom.

  • Each patron must have their own ticket.

  • Patrons will be admitted at each session using the name and email address provided when purchasing tickets.

  • The workshop will be recorded for archival purposes and may be used as marketing for future editions of the Festival. All recordings will remain with the Festival and not available for dissemination.

  • The workshop is a one-time livestreamed event. Recorded versions of completed livestreamed events will not be made available to patrons.

  • Latecomers will be admitted at suitable intervals to minimise disruption to the workshop.

  • No refunds, no exchange of tickets.


  • Use a laptop or computer (rather than a mobile device) for a better experience.
  • Please be in a quiet area with minimal background noise or disruptions where possible. 


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.