"Become aware what is in you. Announce it, pronounce it, produce it and give birth to it." - Meister Eckhart

STORYTELLING

Do you want to become a better storyteller or speaker?

I offer both bespoke and themed storytelling workshops and training sessions for individuals, small groups, and organisations.

In these sessions you will explore and practise essential storytelling skills and techniques. You will dive deep into your inner storyscape and meet your “inner storyteller”. This is personal as well as professional development, essential to telling memorable stories and engaging others.

Some of my training programmes:

The Performing Storyteller: from beginner to master
Narrative Approach to Transformational Leadership
The Therapeutic Storyteller
Autobiographical Storytelling
Storytelling for Public Engagement
Digital Storytelling - more below

If you are interested in discussing how storytelling training workshops can help you or your team, contact me at iamthestoryteller@gmail.com.


DIGITAL STORYTELLING

Working with local film-makers, I have developed training in the use of "low-def" digital media to create stories. Participants learn the basic structures and components of an engaging narrative, storytelling skills and techniques and combine these with rudimentary skills in video making using readily-available technology such as smartphones, point-and-shoot digital cameras, or video cameras. They then learn to edit their videos on computer using freely available software and create short digital stories which can be shared on YouTube, Vimeo, or on your website.

Some of my previous training workshops and digital storytelling projects:

12 MAY 2014 (International M.E. Awareness Day)
"Journeys with ME: a story sharing workshop and film screening event at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Scotland
Workshop - 1:30-4:30pm Monday May 12th
Film Screening - 7pm-9pm Monday May 12th

Read a summary of the evening here.

To view all 11 short films created by participants on the Digital Storytelling Project, click here.



Rebecca's ME story Medium Format 30 April 14 FINAL EDIT from Michael Williams on Vimeo.
We'll be celebrating and sharing the story of M.E. (myalgic encephalomyelitis) / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome through a series of short videos created by members of the Action for M.E. Digital Storytelling Project.

Over the past year, a group of participants with M.E. or who have suffered with the illness in Edinburgh and Fort William attended workshops facilitated by Michael Williams and Paul Maguire to learn basic storytelling and video skills. With the help of Michael and Paul, each created a short video sharing the story of their M.E. experience. Later, a number of the participants created a second project working more independently.

The Scottish Storytelling Centre and Action for M.E. have teamed up to host an afternoon workshop for sufferers of M.E. entitled "Journeys with ME. Facilitators Michael Williams and Kate Craik will encourage participants to share their story with others through the art of storytelling.

In the evening, there will be a showing of the group's short films followed by a Q&A opportunity with the film-makers and the facilitators of the Digital Storytelling Project.

To book contact the Scottish Storytelling Centre at http://www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre/courses-and-workshops or call 0131 556 9579. EVENT HAS ENDED.

APRIL 2013 - MARCH 2014
Action for M.E. Digital Storytelling Project
I'm pleased to announce that I've been commissioned to facilitate a digital storytelling project for Action for M.E. I'll be working with two teams of people who are experiencing or have experienced M.E., Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or related illness. I'll be working with participants in Edinburgh and Fort William. Paul Maguire will be assisting me in helping to teach participants the basics of video production and storytelling. They will use these skills to create their own short video stories of what it's like to live with M.E. In turn, these videos will be used to raise public awareness of this debilitating illness. Our participants will also be encouraged to use their skills to teach others and encourage them to give voice to their experience and share it online.

APRIL 2013
Paul Maguire and I are  now offering Digital Storytelling workshops to organisations, charities and community groups who are interested in sharing their story through video. Paul is a former BAFTA Scotland-finalist and accomplished film-maker and editor. We have worked together over the last couple of years helping corporate and community leaders and other clients tell their stories through digital technology. Contact me for further details at iamthestoryteller@gmail.com.

Peace of the Wild Things by Wendell Berry
The following video was made back in 2010 as a tribute to my brother Mark (aka the Greenbelt Guy) who is a wonderful nature photographer. The photos are mine and the poem is by one of my favourite poets Wendell Berry, a farmer and philosopher from Kentucky.

To view click on this link - https://vimeo.com/64010782

JANUARY 2013
I'm pleased to announce that film-maker Paul Maguire and I are nearing completion of two more short videos featuring two leading community leaders in Aberdeen: Donald Anderson of The Bread Maker and Debbie Kirkness of Music 4 U.

These videos are part of our digital storytelling package which we are offering to anyone with a passion for what they do and a story to tell. Whether you're a corporate or community leader or an artist, musician, therapist or coach, we can help you tell your story in a professional, high quality video. Contact Michael Williams for more details.

2012
NEWS!! I'm pleased to announce that our film "Our Story" has been nominated for a British Awards in Storytelling Excellence (BASE) in the 'Best Community Storytelling Project' category. Voting takes place in September.
More info at https://www.facebook.com/BritishAwardsForStorytellingExcellencebase.

Finally, a copy of the film I co-produced with Irish film-maker Paul Maguire is on Vimeo. It's entitled "Our Story" and is an intimate portrayal of the people belonging to the Christian Fellowship of Healing (based in Edinburgh). The Fellowship traces its roots back to the work of the Iona Community in Glasgow in the late 40s. Recently, the Fellowship has been forced to undergo radical structural transformation. As a result, I was invited to come and work with the members, gathering their stories and recording them for posterity and, importantly, as an inspiration to others for future work.
Christian Fellowship of Healing: Our Story from Michael Williams on Vimeo.

Please feel free to listen to the stories below. I'd welcome your feedback or comments.



The Story of Kaminik by Michael Williams Storyteller I first heard this story (based on an Inuit legend) told by Scottish storyteller Sylvia Troon. I was touched by it and started re-telling it based on my memory of her telling. I'm sure over the years, I've changed bits and added my own stuff here and there but I believe it to be essentially true to her telling. It's an Inuit tale, although I've yet to find it written down anywhere. The story touches me deeply for in many ways it's "my story" too. . . a story of how love makes us grow and how when we're filled with love, anything's possible. I'm accompanied by pianist Seán Pugh and am grateful for his sensitive improvising on my melody. He never ceases to inspire me. You can also hear this story at http://soundcloud.com/thestoryteller/01-the-story-of-kaminik

The film below was made during one of my storytelling workshop at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2008. After listening to 'Kaminik' the kids created a storyboard and got to work creating the characters and the backdrops. My colleague and film-maker Tomas Sheridan helped them transform their ideas onto film A great first effort done in an afternoon. Thanks to Tomas for the filming and editing.




Wally the Walking Catfish by Michael Williams Storyteller An original song to accompany an original story of the same name. First performed in August 2011 at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. I'm playing guitar and Seán Pugh is on keyboards.

Restorying the Earth: Alette Willis interviews me about my "Healing Words" journey to Israel and Palestine in 2009 and my reflections on storytelling.


Below are some links to videos featuring me and some of the kids I've worked with over the past few years.

Doc and the Rockers at MUSEartspace, Charlottetown Prince Edward Island Canada July 2010  A music video produced by Renee Laprise and the kids taking part in the 'Storytelling' programme.

A Fork in the Road, a film produced during Teen Multimedia Week at MUSEartspace in August 2010  A short film produced by the teens during 'Teen Multimedia Week'.  Working with Renee Laprise, we taught them the basics of storytelling and camera work. August 2010


Testimonials

"We have received only very positive reports of your workshop, and must thank you for being so flexible and responsive both before and in the course of implementing the workshop. It has been lovely to work with you. . . . We are hopeful this project will give rise to future storytelling endeavours, and would be very happy to work with you again if the opportunity arises!" Muireann Crowley, At Home in Scotland, University of Edinburgh, May 2014 ("Storytelling, Research and Public Engagement" workshop)

Michael Williams is a a storyteller of compelling skill. He is also a fine human being who engages in all situations and draws people into the warmth of communication and shared experience." Donald Smith, Director, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Scotland

"Michael's understanding of storytelling within a leadership and business context has helped us provide a great service in helping leaders determine their personal and organisational destiny and legacy. Working with Michael is inspiring and fun; and pulls you to be fully engaged from start to finish." Norton Bertram-Smith, Managing Director and Leadership Consultant for On Purpose.

Kamink: the little boy who grew into a giant of a man

Blues and Roots Radio

Blues and Roots Radio
Check out my weekly storytelling radio show, The Teller and the Tale on bluesandrootsradio.com.

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland
I'm grateful to Creative Scotland for its support.