Four improv tools for better storytelling

Four improv tools for better storytelling

Physical awareness enhances sensory perception, attunement to other people's nonverbal cues, willingness to explore. It also strengthens the internal pause button to sit with awkward situations and challenging stories — skills that can benefit writers at every stage of their process. This interactive session will lead participants through a series of improv-based activities designed to help with everything from idea generation and interviewing to overcoming writer's block. We'll use movement, contact, and voice as tools to practice more creative interviewing, empathetic witnessing, adroit wordsmithing, and open-minded learning. By playing and cultivating curiosity, we hope to stoke the inner fire that inspires you to tell stories.


Saturday, October 26th, 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm
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Faculty Staff Club, Nittany Lion Inn
Kasha Patel
  Science writer and video producer, NASA Earth Observatory, Washington D.C.
Allison Mills
  Associate director of research news, Michigan Tech, Houghton, Mich.
Katherine Mast
  Freelance writer, fact checker, and editor, Santa Fe Institute Press, Santa Fe, N.M.