Storytellers at Heart

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A 3-day course to develop your storytelling skills in the peaceful setting of New Place within the cradle of Porlock Vale. Gain confidence telling stories and speaking in front of others in an inspiring and supportive setting. Explore the natural beauty of Exmoor’s coastline and allow this stunning landscape to stimulate your natural creativity and storytelling style.

The course was wonderful … Very thorough with emphasis on personal opportunities and style whilst teaching some of the craft of storytelling. It was a joy to experience the whole weekend, both to hear stories and to tell one.     Sarah, Oct 2018

  • Learn how to remember a story
  • Connect to the different voices within your story
  • Tune into a sense of Place
  • Give your characters personality and voice
  • Practice pace, rhythm and volume
  • Discover the magic of thresholds and the power of silence
  • Enjoy the journey!

Whether you want to share stories to improve communication or presentation skills, engage with colleagues, nurture the imagination of  children or inspire others … whether you’ve told stories before, or want to tell a story for the first time, this workshop will guide you through some basic skills to help you prepare and tell a story with confidence.

Thank you VERY much Alex, for a perfect weekend at New Place. Learnt so much from you and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. You have set me on a new path and given me a lot to ponder. It was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time. Many thanks again.    Tess, Oct 2018

New Place

Set in the beautiful grounds of New Place, on the edge of Porlock on Exmoor – you have the option to stay on site or join us at the start of each day.

Whatever your experience of storytelling, this course offers you opportunity to deepen existing skills, develop new ones as well as increase your confidence. Give yourself the chance to practice and tell a story in a supportive space. We are all storytellers at heart and can learn much from others as we develop our own unique style.

Suitable for beginners as well as anyone wanting to tell a new story for the first time.


Course Fee

Fully inclusive: £395 – includes tuition, materials, all meals and accommodation

Non-residential option: £260 – includes tuition, materials, welcome supper (Thursday), lunch each day (inc Sunday) and all refreshments.

With a focus on providing meals with health in mind New Place serves vegetarian/vegan wholefood meals using mostly organic produce, including vegetables and fruit from our garden when available and uses local produce. Please email if you have specific dietary requirements when you make your booking.

Booking and Payment: Email now to book your place:
Payment: Can be made by electronic bank transfer or by cheque.


Practical Information:
Arrivals from 5pm – settle into your room, enjoy the house and garden before we gather for a welcome supper at 6.15pm


What to bring with you:

  • Bring a story you want to tell (10mins max/length) or let me know if you would like me to provide a traditional folktale for you. Maybe its a story you want to tell for the first time or perhaps one that you’ve been crafting and want to try out with a supportive, open-hearted audience.
  • Thick socks or slippers for inside the house, notepad/pen, walking boots, suncream/hat, water-bottle, and wet-weather jacket/hat. We will be spending part of the days outside so it’s important to come prepared for all weathers!
  • An open heart, willingness to explore and your own playfulness!

Daily Structure:

After our welcome supper on Thursday, our first session will begin at 7.30-9pm

Friday/Saturday: 9.30am – 12.30pm (with a morning break)
Friday/Saturday: 2pm – 5pm (with an afternoon break)
Sunday: 9.30 – 12.30pm followed by farewell lunch

We are all storytellers. We all live in a network of stories. There isn’t a stronger connection between people than storytelling.
–Jimmy Neil Smith, Director of the International Storytelling Center

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