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Storytelling Essay

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Course Details
$425 3 seats left
Start Date:

Wed, Sep 23, 5:30pm - Oct 21, 8:30pm Pacific Time (5 sessions)

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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 9
Teacher: Matteson Perry

What you'll learn in this storytelling class:

In this five-week Online storytelling essay class, master storyteller Matteson Perry will teach you the insider secrets on how to become a storytelling and essay writing pro. Not only has Matteson won the Moth GrandSLAM twice, but his storytelling skills also landed him his first book deal (a collection of essays/memoir) and essays in NY Times Modern Love, Playboy, and the Daily Beast. A master of both the written and spoken word, he’ll guide you through fun, improvised storytelling drills, teach you how to structure a compelling story, and explore ways of using storytelling to boost your writing career. Matteson will show you how to transform relationships gone bad, family feuds, adventures, and life’s minutia into 1 great story for the stage and 1 riveting essay for print that is the perfect mix of vulnerability and comedic vavoom.

You’ll learn how to pack all the verve of a story performed in front of a live audience into an essay suitable for print media. We’ll workshop one of your stories until it’s perfect for the stage and the page. Your goal will be to sell your essay within a couple of weeks after the class ends! After taking this class you’ll be well on your way to joining the ranks of the 18 students who won Moth StorySLAMS, 3 who won Moth GrandSLAMS, 157 Writing Pad Alums who have sold essays and articles with Writing Pad’s help, (14 of whom got into the NY Times) after taking our journalism classes. 4 people made $5k on one story!

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Refund Policy
All sales are final and there are no refunds. Credit may be offered based on class availability. If you can’t come to class, call or email us as far in advance as possible. We will do everything we can to fill your spot, but we can’t make any guarantees. Credit eligibility is not based upon your reason for being unable to attend a class; it is based upon the timing of your credit request and our ability to fill your spot. If we find someone to take your place, you will receive class credit minus a $25 processing fee for 1 day classes and $50 processing fee for long classes. Otherwise, your payment will be forfeit. To use class credits, you need to sign up for class in advance by emailing [email protected] or calling 323.333.2954. If the class is being paid for as part of a payment plan, regardless of whether the student stops attending class, the payment plan must be paid in full by the end of the class. Failure to do so will result in the student’s account being turned over to collections.


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Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
5:30pm - 8:30pm Pacific Time Matteson Perry 5 $425
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Wed, Sep 30 5:30pm - 8:30pm Pacific Time Matteson Perry
Wed, Oct 07 5:30pm - 8:30pm Pacific Time Matteson Perry
Wed, Oct 14 5:30pm - 8:30pm Pacific Time Matteson Perry
Wed, Oct 21 5:30pm - 8:30pm Pacific Time Matteson Perry

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Question from Brian S.
Hi! What is the difference between this class and Storytelling I: Story Time taught by the same instructor? I'm a first-time storyteller, do it in corporate America. Looking for a creative outlook to improve my storytelling skills. Thanks! Brian.
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Brian, the difference between Storytelling and Storytelling Essay is that in the Storytelling I class, they work on 2 5 minute stories to be performed on the stage and there is a show at the end for any students that want to perform where they rent a theater. Students learn the storytelling structure for telling a 5-minute story that is complete and deep which will help them with all kinds of writing, including storytelling.
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
In Storytelling Essay, they first work on a 5 minute story for the stage and then learn how to adapt that same story to submit as a published essay to a magazine from 600 words to 1200 words. There is a private appointment at the end with the teacher where he will have read the essay before the appointment and give the student final tips on how to get it published. Students learn both the storytelling structure and the essay structure.
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