The International
School of Storytelling

Creative Writing and Narrative Arts

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.

The cost of accomodation and meals are NOT included in our workshop fee. There is plenty of accomodation in Forest Row to suit all pockets, or it may be possible to book accomodation or to camp at Emerson College during your course. You can also book meals. Please book with Emerson directly using their online booking system: . Click the heading BOOK NOW, scroll down to find your course and you will find the availability, options, and prices for the weekend. You can also call Emerson for a list of local accomodation +44 (0) 1342 822 238.

If you have any questions about our courses or a problem with booking, please contact