Welcome to the School of Storytelling, Emerson College, the longest running centre of its kind. 

Founded in 1994, we continue to run courses and welcome people from all cultures, backgrounds, genders, ages and experience.

What is Storytelling?

We are all born storytellers. Storytelling is how we make sense of the world, who we are, where we are going and how we communicate this to others, personally or professionally.


Storytelling underpins everything we do: entertainment, education, healing, activism.

Our belief systems are stories, every algorithm tells a story. The myths, legends, folk and fairy tales that every culture has left behind are all "the distilled essence of human experience."

Upcoming Courses


This course has shone a light on my path, which stood in darkness.

The connection, empathy, strength, and richness I felt from being a part of an incredible community is more than I could hope to receive in a lifetime…and yet I received it in 4 weekends! This course has been life-giving.


Nana Tomova. U.K 

(Bring Your Stories to Life! 2019) 

Storytelling Beyond Words

 Our Flagship Course

7th to 26th March & 12th April to 18th June 2021

A 13 weeks course to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

Guided by  Roi Gal-Or and Karmit Evenzur

"I loved being around people from so many different backgrounds and countries.

Deep immersion into deep stories.Yeah! I feel like my brain is different!"



Lisa Nelson, USA

COVID 19 Update: At the moment we are very much hoping and intending for these courses to happen as planned. Emerson College will follow all the guidelines to offer the course and the use of other facilities on campus in a safe environment. If for any reason it proves impossible to start the course at the college, we would offer you a full refund of the tuition fees and unused accommodation/meals fees and/ or the option for an online 'live' version of the course.  If the course is interrupted by factors beyond our control after it has started, we will offer the options of a partial refund, postponed attendance, and/or an option to continue in a live online version of the programme.

Bring Your Stories to Life
25th Sep 2020
Weekend 1:
Fri 25th - Sun 27th Sept 2020
Weekend 2:
Fri 16th - Sun 18th Oct 2020
Weekend 3:
Fri 13th - Sun 15th Nov 2020
Weekend 4:
Fri 11th - Sun 13th Dec 2020
Shourt course
Biographical Storytelling:4 weekends of in-depth exploration of the magical and transformative art of telling personal true-life stories.

Guided by Roi Gal-Or

The Craft of the Storyteller

Four weekend course

Weekend 1:
9th – 11th Oct 2020 Folktales/teaching tales
Weekend 2:
6th  – 8th Nov 2020 Wonder tales
Weekend 3:
4th - 6th Dec 2020 Mythology
Weekend 4:
8th Jan – 10th Jan 2021 Free Projects

4 weekends of in-depth exploration of storytelling, voice, movement, connection, improvisation, authenticity and presence

Guided by Roi Gal-Or

Once Upon a Lifetime

15th-27nd Nov 2020

Short Course

the meeting place of biographical stories and traditional wonder tales
A creative and inspiring storytelling journey of weaving together traditional and personal stories into one performance.

Guided by Roi Gal-Or

 Storytelling Beyond Words (SBW) Creative lab program  Jan 18 – 7 Feb 2021.

A NEW THREE WEEK RESIDENCY PROGRAMME that offers Eight professional storytellers and activists an ideal environment, nourishment, and encouragement to work on developing their new creative
storytelling based projects. Places will be limited and open by application to storytellers who are working on specific performance or storytelling related projects. 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.
With Roi Gal-Or, Karmit Evenzur (leaders of the three-month full-time course Storytelling Beyond Words at the School of Storytelling - Emerson College ) and guest teachers.

Jan 18 – 7 Feb 2021.
For more information contact: roigalor@gmail.com

The SBW creative lab program and Storytelling Beyond Words 13-week storytelling training from which it is developed, is committed to training and creatively supporting those who wish to become - 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. We look forward to receiving your application.

With warm wishes

Roi Gal-or and Karmit Evenzur

Get in touch with us

The School of Storytelling, Emerson College

Forest Row

RH18 5JX


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