STORY POWER; RELEARNING OUR MOST EFFECTIVE ORGANISATIONAL TOOL

June 6, 2014

Monday, 18th June, 2014

A full day seminar by Asia Pacific International Academy

The Power of Storytelling in Organisations

Humans have used stories as their primary mode of communication for over 100,000 years. Because of this the human brain is hardwired for story. Storytelling is our most natural and most powerful form of communication, yet few leaders know how to harness that power within their organisations.

Join storytelling expert Sheila Wee; who is known as a Godmother of Singapore’s storytelling revival, for a seminar that will teach you how to use stories as an effective organisational tool.

You will learn how to:

• recognise, collect and craft effective stories

• develop a positive and authentic connection with your team and customers

• influence decision making and reduce resistance to change

• inspire and instil trust and commitment to goals and values

• nurture interdepartmental cooperation

For full details see: http://www.academy.edu.sg/workshops/event-story-power-relearning-our-most-effective-organisational-tool.html

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An Introduction to Storytelling Workshop 2014

April 22, 2013

If you are interested in storytelling, but don’t know where to start; this workshop, facilitated by Sheila Wee, is for you.  It will  give  you  a firm grounding in storytelling skills and you will  leave with one ready to tell story and the tools to learn and tell more stories.

In a warm and supportive group environment you will learn why storytelling is such a powerful form of communication; how stories can be structured  to  hook listeners attention and discover your own personal storytelling  style. Through  group, partner and individual exercises,  you will be guided  through  a  step-by-step method  of learning to tell a story without memorising the words. You will also discover how to add details to make the story uniquely yours, and learn story rehearsal and performance techniques.

The 9-hour workshop (over two Saturdays) is for anyone interested in learning to tell stories: whether at work or at home, to adults or children, just for fun, or as a step towards telling professionally.

Trainer: Sheila Wee

Dates/Times: Saturday 27 September 2014 (2.30pm to 5.30pm) and  Saturday 4 October 2014 (10am to 5pm)

Venue:

The Seminar Room, Heritage Place, 21 Tan Quee Lan St, #02-08, Singpore, 188108                                                                                                                                                                          (Directly across the road from Bugis MRT Station Exit D.                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.seminarroom.com.sg/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/map-01.jpg

Cost: S$330

S$320 for  Storytelling Association (Singapore) Members

Comments from Participants:

“A fantastic workshop. Every second is worth a million! Thanks a lot for waking up the storyteller in me.”

“Sheila came across as very sincere and passionate about sharing her expertise in storytelling. She not only taught us how to tell stories, but inspired us as well. The workshop was also well paced with a very relevant and well planned programme.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop! Really benefited from the session and am looking forward to using what I learnt back in school with my students. Thank you so much!”

“Would recommend it to others. A solid introduction. Inspiring.”

“Well organised and paced. Fantastic attention to detail.”

“Sheila is an outstanding and humorous Storytelling Expert. It’s my honour to be able to learn from her. Simply Great!”

For enquiries contact Sheila Wee on:

Tel: 62583307  Email: sheila@storywise.com.sg

Download the  flyer and registration form  here:  Flyer & Registration Form for Introduction to to Storytelling Workshop_Sept & Oct 2014

Or register and pay via EVENTBRITE  HERE.

 

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Adult Storytelling in a Tiong Bahru Bakery

July 10, 2013

BLOOD & MARRIAGE

Storytelling for Adults by Sheila Wee

Mother, father, husband, wife, child, ancestor, descendant;
many stories are intertwined in those relationships
Join Sheila Wee for an adult storytelling performance
that will take you on a lyrical journey from East to West;
through blood and marriage; through birth and death.

Part of WHEN THE CLOCK STRIKES FOUR Sessions

Venue: Plain Vanilla Bakery
1D Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru, (S)168641

Date/Time:  Sunday 14 July at 4pm

FREE PERFORMANCE
Donations of any amount to Riverkids will be welcomed.
www.riverkidsproject.org

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Penang International Kids Storytelling Festival (PINKS) 2012

May 23, 2013

PINKS Festival Logo

On the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of November I headed up to Penang  for their  3rd International Kid’s Storytelling Festival. I  have to confess that I was pleased when I found out that this year it would be held indoors at the Penang State Library in Butterworth.  I had been  at the first festival in 2010  which was held outdoors in  the beautiful setting of Penang Municipal Park. While the setting was idyllic, the combination  of sweltering heat and thunderstorms  meant that by the end of the  day I was definitely not  looking my best.

Despite  fighting off a heavy cold I had a wonderful weekend  meeting up with old friends and making new ones. Somehow when you are telling stories, or conducting a  storytelling workshop you forget how bad you are feeling.

 

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MOE SPED Conference 2012

April 1, 2013

On 2nd November I presented 2 concurrent  sessions at the MOE Special Education Conference. The sessions were a pared down version of my workshop Telling Together: Interactive Storytelling for Children with Special Needs.  The SPED Conference was  quite an event, all the special schools in Singapore were closed for the day so all  the teachers (over 1.600 of them)  could attend. Hats off to these wonderful teachers who are so hard-working, committed and enthusiastic.

The conference organisers had put in many nice thoughtful touches. One of them was to give the participants ‘compliment cards’; little cards on which they could write what they liked about a session. These were then collected up and given to the presenter at the end of the session.  I was given a pretty box stuffed full of these cards. It was a really kind gesture and one that gave me a big boost when I sat down and  went through them  a couple of days later.

Sheila Wee at SPED Conference 2012

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Parent and Child Storytelling Workshop at Ulu Pandan PCF Kindergarten

March 10, 2013

On 12 October 2013  I  conducted a parent and child  storytelling  workshop for Ulu Pandan PCF Kindergarten.  I had met some of the teachers  and the principal  during the Books Alive! Project 2012  a nine month kindergarten mentoring  project I conducted for  the MOE Preschool Unit and the National Library Board.  During the project I saw what a talented and dedicated team they had and so  I was delighted to  be asked to  do a workshop for their parents and children.

When you conduct  a workshop for both parents and children, you have to  do a  balancing act between teaching  the parents and keeping the children  stimulated and happy.  Fortunately storytelling  is a highly practical art; making it easy to capture the  attention of both  parents and children.  A good time was had by all  and the parents went away with some easy stories and story activities up their sleeves.

 

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Storytelling Training for Museum Docents at Singapore Art Museum

March 4, 2013

In October 2012 I gave a lecture for museum docents entitled The Storied Museum: Bringing Collections to Life Through Storytelling. It was part of a 2 day training programme  for  docents from all the Singapore museums. In preparing for the lecture I got to meet some wonderful docents who are already using storytelling to great effect. I have a lot of respect for the docents who undergo rigorous training and offer their  services free of  charge.  I hope I inspired even more of them to use  to storytelling in their  guiding.

Sample Slides – The Storied Museum: Bringing Collections to Life Through Storytelling

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Workshop at the Ageless Conference 2012

March 4, 2013

As part of the Singapore International Storytelling Festival 2012 I presented a workshop called Tales that Bind: Storytelling to Bridge the Generation Gap at the Ageless Conference: Towards an Age-Friendly World. The conference  was held in Singapore on the 6th & 7th September 2012.

Just before  the conference I gave a radio interview for  the MAKING A DIFFERENCE  spot on  938LIVE. You can listen to the podcast here.

I enjoyed my workshop and  talking and listening to the other presenters. I came away very impressed by the work they were doing  to make  the world a less ageist place. Good news for those of us who are lucky enough to  be growing old.

Ageless Conference 1

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Storytelling Workshops For Hong Kong Students

March 3, 2013

In July 2012 I spent a week teaching storytelling to 2 groups of primary and secondary students in Hong Kong. This was part of the annual ‘English is Everywhere’ programme organised by the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) which is the language promotion arm of the Hong Kong Bureau of Education. As in previous years I was brought in to do this work by an organisation called Shakepeare4All. (An organisation that does marvellous work in making Shakespeare come to life for young people and a lot more besides). We were working with traditonal riddle stories which I had specially written for the project. The level of English proficiency among the students was very varied, but they were all hard working and very enthusiastic. At the end of the week I was very proud of what they had achieved and I was even prouder when I heard how well they had done telling their stories to audiences at The ‘English is Everywhere’ Fun Day at the beginning of October.

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Free Parent and Child Storytelling Workshop at Woodlands Regional Library Sunday 17th June 2012, 2pm to 4pm

May 26, 2012

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May 20, 2012

 I’m off  to Australia  to do a  workshop and take part in a family storytelling concert at the Sydney International Storytelling Conference 2012. This will be a conference where the majority  of participants are storytellers; a great opportunity to exchange ideas  and learn form each other   I’m really looking forward to meeting up again with some of the  storytellers I met at the Perth Storytelling Confest way  back in  2005, and  making lots of new friends.

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Storytelling Sessions for Families at the Asian Parents Forum: 27 May 2012

April 30, 2012

Join Sheila Wee for two lively sessions of storytelling for the whole family at the Asian Parents Forum on Sunday 27th May 2012. (Part of the Asian Festival of Children’s Content).

Session 1: Animal Antics

Session 2:  A Forest Full of Stories  

Ages 4 and up. (Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult).

See  the e-flyer for the  Asian Parents Forum 2012

For more programme and ticketing details please see: singaporebookcouncil.eventbrite.com

See the e-flyer for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2012

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A River of Stories: Tales and Poems from Across the Commonwealth

October 25, 2011

 I am happy to announce that my retelling of a story from the Malay Annals has just been published in an anthology to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Commonwealth Institute. There is a story or poem from every Commonwealth country and my Raja Suran story represents Singapore. There is a foreword by Prince Charles and my favourite illustrator, Jan Pienkowski did the illustrations.

Click HERE to see part of my story with Jan Pienkowski’s illustration. It’s on page 4-5

Click HERE to watch a video about the launch  of the book.

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BITESIZE WORKSHOP AT THE ESPLANADE

October 25, 2011

 

Click here for more details  and to book a place on this mini-workshop.

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Spooky Stories at The Asian Civilisations Museum

October 14, 2011

STORYWISE is providing the storytelling component of the Asian Civilisations Museum’s Fright Night on the evening of Friday 29th October 2011, so do come down and be spooked by THE DARKER SIDE OF TWILIGHT a haunting performance of Asian Horror Tales by by Kamini Ramachandran & Verena Tay.

Watch the  ACM Fright night trailers.

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

Trailer 3

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FREE STORYTELLING WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN

September 30, 2011

As part of the South West District Arts Festival, Sheila will be conducting a parent/child storytelling workshop at Jurong West Public Library on Saturday 15th October from 2pm to 3.30pm.  For enquiries call 6332 3255.

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Article in The New Paper and the Sunday Times – September 2011

September 23, 2011

Click here to read the article Article_TNP & ST_Sept 2011

 

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Malaysia International Storytelling Festival 2011

August 19, 2011

I am really looking forward to taking part in the Malaysia International Storytelling Festival which takes place  on 10th & 11th September. It will be a richly packed weekend, I will  doing 4 workshops.

Step Into Storytelling – A  workshop on basic storytelling  skills for beginners   (On both mornings)

Telling Together – Interactive Storytelling For Children With Special Needs (Sat’ afternoon)

The Story Basket – Simple yet effective storytelling techniques to use with children (Sun’ afternoon)

and taking part in a showcase performance on both Saturday and Sunday evenings.

The Power Of The Tale – The Storytellers’ Showcase Performance

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Singapore International Storytelling Festival

August 19, 2011

September for me  means the Singapore International Storytelling Festival.  It’s the time I  get to  meet some of my storytelling friends from around the world and to make some new friends. There is  always lots of sharing of stories and ideas and always something interesting to learn.

This year I will  be opening the  second day of the  Asian Congress of Storytellers with a story, and then conducting a workshop on storytelling for children with intellectual disabilities in the afternoon.  Then that same evening I  will be performing in  Ramayana, The Asian Epic at the National Museum Gallery Theatre.

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Stories Alive: Teacher Workshops in Hong Kong

April 17, 2011

In February and March 2011 I conducted a series of seven 2-day storytelling workshops for English teachers  in Hong Kong. These workshops were commissioned by the English Alliance (SCOLAR) which is part of the Hong Kong Bureau of Education.

I was fortunate to work with wonderful local partners on this project; Dr Vicki Ooi, Lynn Yau and their fantastic staff  from Shakespeare4All. It was obvious that they  are as passionate about drama education as I am about storytelling.

It was only my second trip to Hong Kong and though I  didn’t get time for much sightseeing, I felt that by working closely with so many teachers I got a real insight into at least one aspect of the country.

For many of the teachers it was their first experience of storytelling and it was wonderful  to watch them develop confidence in their telling abilities. Here  are some photos  of the workshops….

This demonstrates that you don't have to be good at drawing to tell a drawing story.

Many discoveries can come from the sharing of ideas.

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