Feb 20th 2020

Straight to the Heart!: Storytelling with Ada Cheng

Do you want to tell stories to connect with people emotionally, to convey meanings with urgency, and to exert impact? In this storytelling workshop, we will discuss central tenets of this art form, such as the story arc, detailed descriptions, emotions (the importance of vulnerability), meanings, relationships with the audience, who you are as a storyteller, and the purpose of storytelling. Participants will have the opportunity to integrate these elements of storytelling and practice them during the session.

I always have first timers in all my shows. And I love helping first timers learn how to tell personal stories. Stop by and join me for your storytelling journey.

Instructor bio:
Ada Cheng is a professor-turned-storyteller, solo performer, and storytelling show producer. She recently performed her first solo show NOT QUITE as the keynote for Women and Girls in Georgia Conference. She is the producer and the host of four storytelling shows, including Pour One Out, Am I Man Enough?, Talk Stories: An Asian American/Asian Diaspora Storytelling Show, and Speaking Truths Series. She creates platforms for people to tell difficult and vulnerable stories as well as spaces for people and communities who may not have opportunities otherwise. She currently works as the Education and Outreach Specialist with Women’s Leadership and Resource Center at UIC, providing training on issues related to gender-based violence. Her interests span multiple fields, including academia, storytelling/performance art, and advocacy. Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell.

For more information visit her website at http://www.renegadeadacheng.com.

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