Our Wesleyan District Lay Servant Ministry course spotlight today is on the Discipleship Ministries Advanced course, Storytelling.
Participants in the course will learn what constitutes a good story, discover storytelling styles, learn the techniques of effective storytelling, and practice creating stories from their experiences.
We will be offering this course at our Spring Academy this year, and it is open to anyone interested in taking it, especially the Certified Lay Servant or Certified Lay Minister who is working on recertification.
Our instructor this year is Audrey Stanton-Smith. Audrey is a storyteller, United Methodist communicator, and substitute teacher in Raleigh County. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from West Virginia University and spent more than a decade working as a newspaper reporter, earning awards from the West Virginia Press Association for business and feature writing. Audrey’s freelance articles are regularly featured in West Virginia South magazine.
She also enjoys creative writing and has been honored by West Virginia Writers, Inc., in contest categories for playwriting, children’s books, humor, and The Pearl S. Buck Award for Writing for Social Change. Her most recent short play, “The Excursion,” will be performed by the Jackson County Players in Ripley on April 23.
Audrey believes in a hand’s-on approach for this class. She feels that real life examples, combined with practicing verbal and written storytelling techniques based on the participant’s experience, will be an integral part of the course.
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