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SBW Creative Lab

Are you an experienced storyteller?

Do you have a storyteller vision you would like to develop?

CREATIVE LAB is a three-week programme from our Storytelling Beyond Words course leaders Roi Gal-Or and Karmit Evenzur.

*If you have already applied and received confirmation of acceptance, and would like to book your meals and accommodation at Emerson College, please click the ‘Book Stay’ button.

This course is designed to support ‘Imagineurs’; imagination entrepreneurs, contemporary storytellers who dedicate their work to serve the living Earth, nature, and humanity in meeting with courage and imagination the challenges of these epic times we have been born into.  It offers storytellers and activists an ideal environment, nourishment and encouragement to work on developing their creative projects.

Storytellers have traditionally played an important part in the social fabric of their communities. They foster social cohesion by bringing people together through live encounters and are able to address a wide variety of social issues through metaphor and imagination. Contemporary storytellers can play a role in revitalizing community life, bring into focus social injustices, shift public attitudes and offer new ways of looking at things.

Creative Lab supports the professional development of storytellers, who want to develop a creative body of work, which engages in and addresses specific social/ environmental issues. It opens up a new environment, away from the restrictions and pressures of everyday life, providing the time and space for in which to develop work and creatively explore new ideas. Our experience shows us that storytellers, like many other emerging artists, need time for reflection, research, mentoring, guidance, presentation and production, which is what this programme aims to provide.

As a creative group, we will work closely with each participant to develop a storytelling project/performance coupled with socially engaging activities relevant to the area of social impact they are working with. We will offer if needed, tailored guidance in areas such as group facilitation, creation of social exercises and games, marketing and publicity strategy as well as coaching of performance skills to further develop the storyteller’s artistic excellence. Participants will get most out of their time with us if they come with a project that has established which materials they are working with and have a focused goal of what they want to achieve during those 3 weeks.

Places will be limited and open by application to eight storytellers who are working on a specific performance or storyteller related project. We will be offering creative input, collaborative heart and brainstorming sessions, mentoring, and coaching as well as guidance in developing a strategy for publicity and promotion of the work.

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  • CPD & Certificates

All participants who successfully complete the Creative Lab Residency Programme will  receive a CPD Certificate.

Preparatory work before the Lab begins

We will work with participants before the residency via electronic means to establish steps they need to take to prepare for the presencial residency. This includes relevant research, selection of story material and identifying pertinent places where they can present their performance/workshop after the residency.  An online platform on Mighty Networks will be available for the group and participation in it is required in the month prior to the residency.

Material covered during the Creative Lab 

During the residency, we will work with participants on an individual level as well as engage in group work. The input and coaching sessions during the residency will be tailored to each participant/project’s unique needs. The programme will offer the storytellers new tools to empower and activate the communities they bring their work to.

  1. Coaching participant’s performance skills.
  2. Coaching group facilitation skills – to help storytellers with the creation of social exercises and games to accompany their performances, as spaces of conversation and activity to take to their audiences.
  3. Coaching on marketing and publicity strategy, as well as the administrative aspects of their work. Participants will write a description of their work, personal biog and publicity materials. Developing a ‘copy deck ‘ / copy template for communicating to new audiences. Web sites – what you need to know to develop a web site authentic to the project.
  4. Exploring partnerships/collaboration and Funding opportunities.


Participants will present their work on the final week of the Creative Lab and receive critical feedback to assist them in further fine tuning the work.

We will work with those who are ready to disseminate the work, to establish connections with venues where they can continue to present their projects, reaching diverse audiences relevant to their subject matter throughout the post residency year.


*Includes materials but excludes accommodation, meals and travel costs.

A small number of bursaries are available. However they need to be agreed before enrolling into the course. Once invoiced for the course, we will not be able to offer bursaries or payment plans any longer.

For further information, please contact Chiara Carones at registrar@emerson.org.uk

Please Note:
We are able to provide successful applicants with a letter to support any application for public funding if you are planning to apply for one.


8 experienced storytellers will be accepted after an application process, which will establish the theme of their project and at what stage of development it is.

To apply, please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button at the top of the page,  fill out the online application form and upload the documents listed below in the ‘Supporting Documents’ section.


To complete this application you will need to have the following documents:

  • A copy or a scan of the information page of your passport (the one with your picture on it)
  • A completed health statement available to download here: Health Statement
  • A completed project description answering the application questions below using the downloadable template:  Project description & relevant info

Application questions include:

  1. Tell us about yourself and your work with stories.
  2. Tell us about the project you intend to bring to the Lab.
  3. Who is your target audience?
  4. Are you creating a storytelling performance or a performance coupled with another kind of activity i.e opening spaces for discussion,  socially engaged activity, workshops?
  5. What is the stage of development of your project?

You will also need to provide contact details for someone you would chose to be your emergency contact, should you be accepted onto the course.

If you have any questions please contact Chiara Carones – registrar@emerson.org.uk.


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