Nurturing Storytellers as they Grow

  • 8 Mar 2021
  • 19:30 - 21:00
  • Online


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by David Heathfield

Date: Monday 8 March 2021

Time: 7.30pm to 9pm (Singapore time)

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SGD$5 for FEAST members(FOC for Young Storyteller members)

SGD$10 for non-members

In this highly practical and interactive workshop David will share a nourishing selection of short and simple activities, story learning methods and longer project ideas which we can use to support children, teenagers and adults as they grow as storytellers.

There are myriad trajectories people follow on their way to becoming storytellers whatever their age. Many people dip their toes in and then choose to go on step by step to gradually immerse themselves. Others plunge in at the deep end.

As people who nurture storytellers, our focus from the outset can be on playfulness, encouraging people to respond creatively to storytelling so that they notice and pay attention to what touches them. Then, once people are open and engaged, they are ready to start retelling simple tales moving from imitation to innovation as the story becomes their own. We can guide each person towards discovering which of the many story-learning strategies work well for them. Supporting storytellers as they grow may involve encouraging them to find, prepare and try out different kinds of stories for themselves. They learn to tell stories that they wish to share with their listeners. Everyone develops in a unique way so, in order to nurture storytellers, we can allow space for self-discovery, self-reflection and self-directed coaching.

People from all backgrounds and of all ages can grow in resilience and self-esteem as they become storytellers. Storytelling can humanise these challenging times of change.

In this inclusive workshop, participants are given the opportunity to reflect on ways of developing other people's confidence and competence as storytellers. You will respond creatively to and retell a folk story told by David as well as share your own experience of developing yourselves and others as storytellers.

This is a practical and experiential workshop about giving people opportunities to be creative, to be playful, to rehearse and to perform as they learn, and all this within a supportive, confidence-building framework. Participants will come away with practical techniques and, perhaps, new insights.


David Heathfield is a storyteller who tells tales and runs workshops in the UK and around the world. He runs online Creative and Engaging Storytelling for Teachers (CrEST) courses and has worked as an online storytelling teacher trainer internationally with the British Council, the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) and the Hands Up Project. He recently ran a workshop with the Storytelling Association (Singapore) titled Live, Creative, Engaging, Intercultural Online Storytelling. He has travelled to do storytelling teacher training in Nepal, Brazil, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Austria, Slovakia, Turkey, Dubai and Libya. He also teaches English and writes about student creativity in language learning.

David is the author of two teacher resource and development books:

Storytelling With Our Students: Techniques for telling tales from around the world (DELTA Publishing)

Spontaneous Speaking: Drama Activities for Confidence and Fluency (DELTA Publishing)  

He has written for three British Council books:

Integrating Global Issues in the Creative English Language Classroom: With reference to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is a free to download PDF ebook. David’s chapter is called Storytelling for a Better World –

Creativity in the English Language Classroom is also free ebook. David’s chapter is Personal and Creative Storytelling: Telling Our Stories -

Creating an Inclusive School Environment is another free ebook. Storytelling for diverse voices is the chapter co-written by Alla Göksu and David  

Here is a freely available article David wrote about storytelling with children learning English:

The Joys of Storytelling with Young Learners and Storytelling Lesson Plan, Appinep Newsletter, February 2019

More publications are listed here:

David’s extensive YouTube channel

David loves to create connections and build bridges across cultures and between people through storytelling.

The Federation of Asian Storytellers Ltd is a non-profit company incorporated
in Singapore in June 2018.

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