Creative Writing and Narrative Arts with Shonaleigh and Simon Heywood

Sunday, 13 August 2017 - 7:30pm to Friday, 18 August 2017 - 4:00pm
International School of Storytelling
Emerson College, East Sussex
RH18 5JX Forest Row ,

A five-day introductory course to the drut’syla midrash – the hereditary training of traditional Jewish women storytellers for storytellers, writers and creatives from any discipline who use narrative or stories as an inspiration. This course will give you the tools to create a piece of work to tell your story in whatever medium you choose. We will explore ways in which the drut’syla’s methods and approaches can be adapted practically to creative writing, storytelling and the contemporary arts.

We invite you to come prepared with a piece of prose/ poetry or a traditional folk tale by this we mean a short story from an oral tradition, (preferably your own) that contains no magic – literally a tale of the folk, for example a trickster tale not tales such as Little Red Riding Hood or Sleeping Beauty which contain magic. Further details will be emailed to you in the welcome letter.

Some experience of storytelling or writing is required.

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It is possible to book accommodation and meals at Emerson College during your course. Please do so directly with them by using their online booking system, at the following link Scroll down to find your course and you will be able to find all the options and prices and make a booking. The costs are NOT INCLUDED in our tuition fee.

If you prefer accommodation in the village of Forest Row, (20-25 minute walk), please email for a list of available accommodation