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


Storytelling Beyond Words

 Our Flagship Course

5TH April to 18th June 2021

A 12 weeks course to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

Guided by  Roi Gal-Or and Karmit Evenzur

Storytelling Beyond Words (SBW)
Creative lab program 

30th August - 17th September 2021

Creative lab artist residency programme

A new three-week residency programme from our Storytelling Beyond Words course leaders Roi Gal-Or and Karmit Evenzur. It offers storytellers and activists an ideal environment, nourishment and encouragement to work on developing their creative projects.

'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) 

Shiva and Dionysos


12th- 14th March 2021


Weekend  Workshop

A weekend exploring the powers of Shiva and Dionysos, Gods of love and ecstasy with deep links to the natural world across two great mythic traditions - Indian and Greek.

Guided by Stella Kassimati
Gauri Raje

"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

The Trickster

29th March -2nd April 2021

Short Course

The Trickster ~ ways to survive these treacherous times ~

Guided by Stella Kassimati

Ashley Ramsden

The Power of the Divine

21st- 23rd  May 2021 

Weekend Workshop

An exploration of the Power of the Divine, overlaps and differences, and the relationship between Gods and humans in Greek and Indian myths.

Guided by Stella Kassimati
Gauri Raje

The Craft Of The Storyteller - 4 weekends course of in-depth exploration of the Art of Storytelling

Folktales: Fri 10th - Sun 12th Sept 2021

Wonder Tales: Fri 8th - Sun 10th Oct 2021

Mythology Fri 5th - Sun 7th Nov 2021

Personal project: Fri 10h - Sun 12th Dec 2021


Part-time Course

story structure, voice, gesture, movement,  audience awareness,  improvisation, authenticity, and presence. Discover how storytelling can transform our own lives and the communities around us.

Guided by Roi Gal-Or

Bring Your Stories to Life - 4 weekends of in-depth exploration of the magical and transformative art of telling personal true-life stories. 

Weekend 1: Fri 17th - Sun 19th Sept 2021
Weekend 2: Fri 29th - Sun 31st Oct 2021
Weekend 3: Fri 26th - Sun 28th Nov 2021
Weekend 4: Fri 7th - Sun 9th Jan 2022

Part-time Course

Working creatively with our perception, understanding, and interpretation of personal experiences. transforming and polishing the raw diamonds of memories into the invaluable gifts of precious gem stories as gifts for ourselves and others.

Guided by Roi Gal-Or



Once Upon a Lifetime:

the meeting place of biographical stories and traditional wonder tales

 8th-19th November 2021

 A Two-week course

(11 Days)

A creative and inspiring storytelling journey, of weaving together some traditional initiation stories of trials and transformation together with your own personal stories to one performance.

Guided by Roi Gal-Or

Fire, Foraging and Folktales

Spring Weekend
1st-2nd May 2021

Summer Weekend
14th-15th August 2021


Weekend  Workshop

This weekend is part of our Fire, Foraging and Folktales series.  Each weekend will have a different storytelling and foraging focus according to the season’s mood, delights and characters. 

Guided by Fergus
and Arthur

Get in touch with us

The School of Storytelling, Emerson College

Forest Row

RH18 5JX


Copyright © 2019 School Of Storytelling, Emerson College, All rights reserved. 


  • Facebook
Giovanna Conforto