The Introduction to Storytelling Workshop- September 2016

January 29, 2016

NOW WITH  a 50%  fee refund for NTUC members after completion of the course.

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 waP1070864rm 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.

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The 9-hour workshop (over one weekend) 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:Intro 2015_3 Sheila Wee

The workshop has been running in this format since 2007 and in a previous format since 1999.   Here is what some of the past participants say about it….

“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!”

“Sheila showed that she has deep knowledge in storytelling and she was able to give useful/practical/easy to understand  examples too.  What I liked most was that she shared with us lots of ideas, so we can choose the best which is applicable to us. My time and money were well spent.”

“Sheila is very approachable and engaging. The workshop is rather empowering too; I always thought I can’t tell stories, but now I believe I can.”

“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!”

Dates/Times:  Saturday 3 September  (10am to 5pm) & Sunday 4 September 2016 (2.30pm to 5.30pm)

Venue:  The Seminar Room, Heritage Place, 21 Tan Quee Lan St, #02-08, Singapore, 188108.  (Directly across the road from Bugis MRT Station Exit D).                       

Cost: S$350

(S$330 for  Storytelling Association (Singapore) Associate Members)

On completion of the workshop NTUC members who are not being sponsored by their employers, can claim back 50% of the fee through UTAP. See

For enquiries contact Sheila Wee on:

Tel: 62583307  Email:

Download the  flyer and registration form  here: Flyer & Registration Form_Intro to Storytelling Workshop_3 & 4 September 2016

Or register and pay via EVENTBRITE  HERE 




August 29, 2014


Places are still available for the next run of this workshop  for early childhood teachers on 9 March and 12 April 2016. This course  is conducted for ECDA by Sheila Wee of Storywise and  enjoys  enhanced  funding under  WDA Skills Connect. 

Cost  is $166,  but for ECDA registered teachers  sent by their organisations, significant subsidies are available through WDA Skills connect (Absentee payroll payments are also available to their organisations).

Independent applicants and non-teachers can also apply and can be given places if the  course is not completely full with ECDA registered teachers.   The cost for independent  applicants is $166. (WDA Skills Connect subsidies may be available to such  independent applicants  who are sponsored by their companies). 

Please see below for links to  further details.

ECDA Story Reading and Storytelling Course_Objectives and Outline

For enquiries please contact Sheila Wee at  Tel 6258 3307





Storytelling Workshop for Staff of Our Music Studio, Tanglin Mall

December 30, 2015

This was a great ending to the story reading and storytelling workshop I conducted on 10/12/2015 for the staff of Our Music School in Tanglin Mall. I was blown away by the warmth, energy and passion of these ladies of music.

Please see below for the video.


Under the Alamaram International Storytelling Festival 2015

May 22, 2016

For 11 days  in August and September 2015 I was on a heady ride through 3 Indian cities Bangalore, Chennai and Pune.  It was made all the more exhilarating as I was in the company of some great storytellers, who also happened to be wonderful people. We told stories, we  conducted workshops,  we sweated and we ate delicious food. we ate and we sweated –  a lot.  By the  end of the  festival  I was  so tired that I slept for 16 hours straight. But I was also full of happy memories,  and eager to do it all over again. Which happily I will be able to do, in  the next edition of the festival in Chennai and Coimbatore, in the last week of September 2016.


At the  start of the Festival in Bangalore. The storytellers from left to right; Jeeva Ragunath, Groark, Randel McGee, Antonio Rocha, Jeff Gere (kneeling), Diane Ferlatte, Craig Jenkins and yours truly.



Catching up with my old friend Groark the Dragon – and his friend Randel McGee.



Storytelling during a workshop at the Army Public School in Bangalore.


Army Public School Performance

Our first performance of the Festival was in the very atmospheric hall of the Army Public School In Bangalore. It was a very long and narrow space and the stage was was small and frighteningly high, but the audience was fantastically supportive.



The Festival got very good coverage in the press.



In Bangalore we also performed in a very large theatre.



With my dear friend, festival organiser, storytelling superstar and all round wonder woman Jeeva Raghunath.


Bus from Bangalore to Chennai

After our lunch stop on the 8 hour bus ride from Bangalore to Chennai. It didn’t seem that long though, as between naps we had wonderful discussions.


Chennai 2015

The Chennai leg of the Festival took place in the Dr MGR Janaki College of Arts and Science for Women. MGR being the legendary Indian actor, director, producer, and former chief minister of Tamil Nadu. The college was his old film studio and I did my workshops and performances in what used to be a movie studio and we rested between activities in MGR’s dressing room.



In Bangalore and Chennai each international storyteller was assigned a local storyteller to look after us. In both cities I was taken very good care of by Aparna Athreya in Banglalore and by Kavitha Thyagarajan in Chennai. (Kavitha is pictured with me here).



In Chennai we performed to a packed house in the historic Egmore Museum Theatre.



The theatre was build in 1854 and the dressing rooms took you right back to that time. I loved it.


Chennai Museum Theatre

Taking our bows after a wonderful evening at the Museum Theatre in Chennai.


Pune Opening

At the opening of the Pune leg of the festival.


Here’s  a video made by the  Sakal Times, the organisers of the Pune leg of the Festival.


Did I Hear You Write – Saturday 21 November 2015

July 14, 2015

A Workshop on Using Storytelling to Support Children’s Creative Writing


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Many children enjoy listening to stories, telling stories, reading stories, but too few enjoy writing them. Discover how you can harness that enthusiasm for stories and channel it into creative writing. This workshop will show how speaking, listening and reading activities can be woven into the writing process, to engage pupils in a holistic language learning environment.

The  workshop will be highly interactive, it will include  some formal presentations and  demonstrations of the techniques by the trainer and lots of participation by the attendees.

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In the workshop you will:

  • learn how storytelling can be used to enhance pupils creative writing.
  • experience activities that that can be used in classrooms to bridge the oral  and  written forms of the language and improve both.
  • discover which types of stories will lend themselves to the creative writing process.

This workshop is suitable for primary school language teachers, or anyone working   with  improving the language skills of learners at different levels.  

For more  information and registration   see:


Adult Storytelling in a Tiong Bahru Bakery

July 10, 2013


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.


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

Date/Time:  Sunday 14 July at 4pm

Donations of any amount to Riverkids will be welcomed.


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.



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


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.



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


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.

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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.


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

May 26, 2012


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.


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:

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


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.



October 25, 2011


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


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



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.


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