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Building Community through Storytelling


Everybody has a story. How we tell it is up to us. This workshop will focus on tools that will help participants find a way to communicate their story while also giving strategies to empower student voice in all grade levels. By diving into visual and performing art techniques, free writing, and story craft, participants will gain confidence in sharing their own experiences as well a gaining a slew of practical pedagogical strategies for the classroom. These strategies will help develop an environment of empathy in the classroom, activating students and teachers alike to use clarity, understanding, and connectivity in their communities. This workshop is a fun and in depth look at what makes us unique and understanding that helps us understand the world as a whole. Whether you are a teacher or are simply interested in storytelling at any level, this workshop is for you.


Time: 8:30-4:00

Day One

  • The Power of Storytelling- Overview and Introductions (1 Hour)
  • Story Platforms: Acting/Writing/Podcasting/Teaching & More (1 Hour)

Break (5-10 mins)

  • Joseph Campbell: A Hero’s Journey (1 hour)

Break (5-10 mins)

  • Object Importance: Small Moments (1 hour)

Break (Lunch)

  • Telling Your Story: The Science of Storytelling (1 Hour)
  • Crafting Your Story: The Writing Process (30 Minutes)
  • Crafting Your Story (2 Hours)
  • End Day 1: Share-out, Reflections, and Takeaways (30 Minutes)

Day Two

  • Pedagogical Applications to Storytelling (2 hours)


  • Crafting Your Story (1 -2 hours)

Break (Lunch)

  • Peer Editing Your Personal Story (1 hour)
  • Story Showcase/ Live Podcast (2-3 hours)


Dave Sheppard has been an elementary classroom teacher for more than ten years. He has incorporated creativity, technology and fun into teaching and learning. With a Master's degree in Elementary Education and having taught in both the US and in China, he is always encouraging students to challenge themselves and to “fail forward”. He uses storytelling to engage students and deliver curriculum.

Trey Hobbs holds an MFA in theatre from the University South Carolina and for the past ten years has enjoyed using theatre arts, both on and off stage, to tell stories. Now, in China, he has founded and hosts Shenzhen Stories, a live monthly event and podcast whose focus is to foster community in Shenzhen and by extension, the world.


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Event Details

Event Date: 
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 8:30am - Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 4:00pm
Pricing Info: 
$290 – $340
Booking Phone Number: 
Booking online
Place Name (Optional): 
Shekou International School (SIS)
Average: 4 (29 votes)

Shekou International School (SIS) was the first international school established in Shenzhen and is celebrating 30 years of educating children from around the world this year. With nearly 1,000 students representing almost 40 different countries including the US, Canada, South Korea, Hong Kong, France and Germany, SIS has a lot to celebrate. SIS is ranked in the top 15% of all IB Diploma Programmes worldwide and is recognized as a leader in the region. Apple has named SIS an Apple Distinguished School for its internationally recognized program of learning innovation. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for schools that are recognized centers of educational excellence and leadership. Read more »

Address & Contact

Address and contact information:
Place Address (English/Pinyin): 
Jing Shan Villas, Nan Hai Road, Shekou, Shenzhen
Place Phone: 
+86 755-26693669
Place Address (English/Chinese): 
Venetian Theatre
call us: +86-755-3395-5850