ZURICH STORYTELLERS is a meetup for people who want to learn (more) how to craft good stories and an opportunity to tell them in a supportive friendly atmosphere. Begun in Oct. 2016 as a labour of love by Joel Blom (https://joelblom.com/), it's grown into a community of 1700+ members that meetup to compare, share and be inspired by true stories - told well.
BECAUSE we believe stories matter. They shape the way we perceive our own causes and whether others will care about them. By giving purpose to our actions, the stories we tell ourselves (and others) are at the core of our success – or lack of it.
OUR PROGRAMME varies but generally time is divided between learning/sharing techniques of crafting story, a cameo by a Guest Storyteller and enjoying stories members spin during our StorySlam - when names of those who wish to tell a story are put in a hat and the lucky ones are drawn at random. Member stories can be prepared in advance or improvised on the spot.
10 STORYTELLING TIPS
Here are 10 useful tips - from an exciting beginning to emotionally satisfying ending:
Hook us. Make us care about you. Paint the scene. Clearly state your fears, desires, the dilemma. Make us invested in the outcome. Introduce the conflict. Make us worried for you. Impress us with observations that are uniquely yours. Pull us into the moment when it all goes down. Conclude as a different person: Victorious? Defeated? Bewildered? Enlightened? … CHANGED !!