WCU workshop combines business and storytelling

A workshop that combines business management, marketing, entrepreneurial activity and economic strategies with the art of storytelling will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in Room 143 of the Cordelia Camp Building on the campus of Western Carolina University.

Participants will learn how storytelling is one of the most important tools that entrepreneurs and nonprofit managers have at their disposal. The workshop depends on participant interaction and participation. Assignments and activities will enhance the workshop experience and strengthen the students’ researching, reading, presenting, communication and writing skills.

“Storytelling is the best way to create emotional connections to your ideas and innovations,” said instructor Tim Hall, an experienced storyteller. “Sharing stories is the way to create a network of passionate supporters that can help spread ideas and make them a reality.”

Hall teaches and performs drama, public speaking and storytelling. He has been involved in theater, writing and storytelling over the past 40-plus years and has written and performed a series of one-man plays across the South. Currently, he is involved in opening the Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians, in Bryson City.

Registration, required for the workshop, is $89 and includes lunch. An additional person from the same organization can attend for a reduced rate of $20. For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 828-227-7397 or see the community class offerings at http://learn.wcu.edu.