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Women's experiences are different, how we see the world, how we are treated in the world, how we make sense of the world are different.

Women's stories are not heard as loudly, as often, as seriously or as humourously as they could be.
Women need space and time to tell, to be heard, to listen and connect through sharing our experiences, through our crafted stories. We need to make sense of our lives in a way that brings peace and hope to the events that have shaped us, as we then in turn shape them into a story. We then give this as part gift part message to our audience and know ourselves in a deeper way.

This is an open opportunity eight women to tell a true story up to 8 mins - no notes, it happened to you, and for the rest of us to listen. There is no obligation to tell a story, in fact listeners are needed just as much as tellers.

It happens on the first Tuesday of the month, March to November, in East Brunswick. The cost is $15 or $10 concession, tickers through Try Booking. (https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=257355)

Frequently asked questions:

Do I have to tell a story?

No there is never any obligation or even pressure to tell a story, but there is always an open and encouraging invitation. And often tellers find they come with no intention of telling a story but after hearing several stories and feeling safe and inspired, they step up and have a go.

Is there a theme?

Yes, there are themes set for each night, but the theme is optional. It is meant to help find a story, not narrow options. Any story that a teller feels called to tell is fine. You can find the theme fro each night on that night's event, or here.

How do I tell a story? Here are some tips for telling a story:

1. Go some where with your story, aim for a climax or a twist.

2. Think about the structure and emotional impact of the story.

3. If it’s appropriate, give the characters a voice, be dramatic

4. Think about your delivery: suspense and drama., and about how you end your story – try to end with resolution, making sense of the events.

5. Practice your story on the dog, cat, chooks … on who/whatever.

6. Time your story

7. Think about your audience – take them for a ride.

Also check out the blog posts on Story Wise (https://www.storywise.com.au/blog/) for more tips and ideas.

Why tell a story?

Taking events from our life and crafting it into a story that is part gift, part message, helps us understand ourselves better, know who we are and where we have come from. It helps us bring peace to experiences in order that we may tell them to an audience with resolution. It also connects us to our audience and allows us to share our we make sense of this world and our life.

Who runs Story Wise Women?

Story wise Women is run by Kate Lawrence from Story Wise. Kate is a storyteller with a passion and purpose for personal storytelling. She is an experienced and trained facilitator, teacher and storytelling coach, with sense of fun. She has a deep and abiding faith in human stories and never tires of hearing them. She takes her craft seriously and as well as telling and teaching, she regularly reads, reflects and writes about storytelling. Kate is particularly good at creating safe and respectful spaces for people to explore their stories. Kate has delivered storytelling workshops at the Williamstown Literary Festival and the NSW International Storytelling Conference.

Are there are rules for telling?

Here are the guidelines for storytellers:
1. Stories must be true, personal stories i.e. they happened to you the teller.

2. Stories must be told without notes and no longer than 8 minutes.

3. Let kind hearts and common sense prevail - sexist, racist, misogynist and homophobic stories hurt people. Stories should also not be used to put anyone down, to take revenge or to embarrass anyone else.

4. Stories are recorded as audio with the aim of publishing them on a podcast, but this is only done with a tellers permission, which will be given or not, on the evening.

5. Photos will also be taken, to help promote the next event, but will only be used if there is no objection from audience or tellers

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