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The Art of Storytelling with Jane Borden

For a description of this class, please see the ELECTIVES page.

The Art of Storytelling and Personal Essays

Everyone has a funny or crazy true story, and anyone can be a storyteller: It's all in the way you frame it. This workshop will give you the tools necessary to turn your favorite yarn into a piece of entertainment for larger audiences. Those already writing or performing will gain a fresh perspective on their craft. 

Because the workshop will focus on development itself--structure, metaphor, beats, connections, character arc-- we'll be able to work on both performance storytelling, and also narrative-nonfiction prose/memoir. As well, you'll learn how to mine material from your past that you may not have considered story-worthy before. 

Come prepared to put tales on their feet in front of the class! And bring a pen and paper too. 


"Jane's ability to make even the most jittery performer whether novice or professional relax and feel their story is incredible. She can hear your whole story while pin pointing the moments you may have never thought about as a revelation." 

-- MaryBeth Makara, former IB student

"Jane Borden's storytelling class was both creatively stimulating and instructive in storytelling techniques. She pointed out the solid paths as well as the pitfalls in both the writing and performance aspects of live storytelling." 

-- Stephen Chupaska, former IB student

"Sixth months later, the energy I got from Jane Borden's storytelling workshop continues to inspire and influence my writing. From real-life experiences to the fictional characters thumping around in my head, Jane's no-nonsense insights are small gems creating big, word-on-the-page impact. Her teaching technique is intimate and precise and uniquely hands-on. Just what we all need."

-- Julia Newman, former IB student, blogger for Feed Me Daily

"The Art of Storytelling with Jane Borden was one of the best workshops I have ever taken. Jane has an amazing way of helping each writer discover the true meaning of their stories, and is incredibly insightful with her suggestions for improvement. I would absolutely recommend this class no matter what stage of your writing/performing you happen to be in." 

-- Jessica Regan, former IB student






  1. Saturday, January 5, 2013, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Student Showcase Show:
TBA - More Info

Location: ImprovBoston Main Theater



Tuition: $50.00
Registration: Eventbrite - The Art of Storytelling with Jane Borden