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The Fundamentals of Oral Storytelling Course

Thursday, August 17, 2023, 4:30 PM until 6:00 PM Singapore Time (UTC+08:00)
Videoconference information will be provided in an email once payment is received.
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FFC Admin
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Krupa Vinayagamoorthy
Course Facilitator
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Course - Long Term
Registration is required before Thursday, August 17, 2023 at 12:00 AM
Payment By Schedule Only
FEE: SGD$480 FEAST members SGD$400

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Fees are payable in 3 instalments OR single shot

Please read Cancellation Policy for better clarity on Cancellation.
Cancellation Policy:
To cancel a course booking, you must inform us by contacting the Admissions team on
You must clearly state your intention to cancel the booking. To meet the cancellation deadline, it is sufficient for you to send your communication concerning exercising the right to cancel before the cancellation period has expired.
Cancellations received by 6th July 2023 and within 14 days of booking your place on the course will receive a full refund.
Cancellations received between 7th - 30th July will receive a refund of any fees paid minus the Deposit ( 15% of Course fee).
Cancellations received from 1st August onwards will receive NO REFUND (unless a replacement can be found to take your place).
Payment Schedule
Initial Payment: SGD$ 75.00


The Fundamentals of Oral Storytelling

This course will give participants a solid grounding of the fundamentals of oral storytelling: how to find a story, visualise it and then bring it alive in a vocally expressive and visually evocative manner that is tailored to your audience and to your purpose.

Who is the course for?  

Those interested in storytelling professionally, Teachers, parents, librarians, community workers - and anyone who’d like to learn how to tell a story more effectively so as to engage and hold an audience’s attention.

How is it taught?  

Online via 10 sessions of 90 minutes each. The course includes plenty of practical work on making a story your own, plus vocal exercises and techniques to transform your telling to be more interactive and engaging. The course culminates in a story swap featuring all participants. As a value-add, the course resources include a selection of mostly Asian stories told in a variety of ways by members of FEAST. Participants will also have access to view three videos in our archive addressing voice, where to find traditional stories and the ethics of telling stories.

Who are the trainers?  
Sheila Wee, Kiran Shah and Roger Jenkins are three highly experienced storytellers who have conducted story training programmes for diverse groups from pre-school teachers to adults.

A Certificate of Completion will be issued to all participants who attend 80% of the course, plus present their story in the showcase.

Payment possible thorough :
- Paypal or
- Stripe (accepts most Asian debit/ credit cards).

SGD$480  Non Members  
SGD$400  FEAST members

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Fees are payable in 3 instalments OR a single shot.

Refunds and Cancellation: 
For more information please read our  Cancellation Policy FFC course

4.30 PM Singapore time .
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Bonus Resources :

Note: all participants will receive: 

  • complimentary membership of FEAST to 30/6/24 enabling you to register for any FEAST activity at the discounted member rate.

  • a 60-minute one-on-one story coaching session with Jeeva Raghunath

  • access to over 7-hours of video workshops, panel discussions and stories 

  • complimentary e-copies (pdf) of FEAST’s first two Asian folktales anthologies.  

We look forward to having you embark on your story journey with us.


FEAST Foundation Course - Faculty Bios 

𝗦𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗹𝗮 𝗪𝗲𝗲 is a Singaporean storyteller, who has been living and breathing storytelling since 1998. She co-founded Singapore’s first professional storytelling company with Kiran Shah, and because of her work to pioneer the revival of storytelling in Singapore, she has become known as Singapore’s Godmother of Storytelling. She is a founding member of the Storytelling Association (Singapore) and has served multiple terms as its president. Through her role as a Founding Director of the Federation of Asian Storytellers (FEAST) she is now helping to support storytellers throughout Asia and beyond. 

Sheila’s storytelling experience is deep and wide-ranging and she works both in Singapore and internationally. An award-winning storytelling trainer, Sheila’s highly practical and inspirational workshops have garnered consistently high ratings from participants. She runs regular courses in storytelling for preschool teachers, has curated and performed exhibit specific performances for museums, trained tourist guides and docents for museums and art galleries to use storytelling in their tours, trained primary and secondary level teachers and lecturers to use storytelling in their teaching and corporate, military and civil service leaders in the use of storytelling as an organisational tool. 

Her clients for storytelling workshops in Singapore include; Early Childhood Development Agency, National University of Singapore Business School, Yale-NUS College, Ministry of Defence, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Education, World Wildlife Fund, Jane Goodall Foundation, Singapore Tourism Board and the National Heritage Board. 

Kiran Shah, a Singaporean of Indian heritage, started her career as a social worker before becoming an early childhood educator living and working in the U.S., Japan and Sri Lanka. With a master’s in early childhood education and development (1992) she has trained thousands of early childhood educators in language and literacy.

She discovered storytelling in 1998 and started the revival of oral storytelling in Singapore by setting up the country's first storytelling company (with Sheila Wee). They focused on promoting Asian folktales and together worked towards professional development for storytellers, organising and conducting courses and conferences.

Her storytelling journey has taken her from schools, museums and libraries to the military, offering storytelling courses in diverse settings in Singapore and overseas.

Kiran believes in the power of story to educate, entertain and help the audience make relevant connections. Kiran’s great strength is in nurturing and connecting storytellers to one another. Since moving to Australia (2008), she has been active in the Australian Storytelling Guild (NSW) and is its current Vice-President.

Kiran is an active supporter of FEAST and edited its first two anthologies (A Feast of Stories: Food Tales from Asia and Royals: Wise and Otherwise). She has been a mentor for FEAST‘s Adult Storytelling Mentorship Programme in all three seasons.





17 Aug 2023

Module 1


24 Aug 2023

Module 2


31 Aug 2023

Module 3


7 Sept

Module 4


14 Sept 2023


21 Sept 2023

Module 5


28 Sept

Module 6


5 Oct 2023

Module 7


12 Oct 2023

Module 8


12 - 19
Oct 2023


All trainers

26 Oct 2023

Showcase performance

Open to friends and family


Roger Jenkins is a Singaporean storyteller whose discovery of oral telling in 1998 re-routed a successful career that had combined theatre and teaching. Winner of the Best Storyteller Award (Kanoon International Festival, Iran 2013) Roger has performed in Festivals in a dozen countries, from Bahrain to Thailand, Kenya to UK.

His teaching has led to work with diverse groups of people: students aged 8 - 18 (and teachers galore!) plus organisations including Allianz, ESSEC Business School, Asia-Pacific, Google, Maritime Port Authority, Procter & Gamble and the Institute of Mental Heal (helping patients in recovery share their stories.)  Roger has a long association with the hearing-impaired community (since using theatre to tell their in the 1980’s) and he is an advocate for access in the arts. He has conducted story workshops for the vison-impaired and the Inclusive Young Company, a Singaporean theatre for actors with disabilities. 

Like Sheila, a founding member of the Storytelling Association (Singapore), Roger subsequently founded the 398.2 Storytelling Festival (2015) which celebrates its 9th year this September, before co-founding FEAST in 2018 to support storytellers throughout Asia and beyond by creating an on-line community of tellers sharing their expertise and stories.

A published poet, Roger won the 1995 Singapore Literature Prize for From The Belly of the Carp, a collection of poems inspired by the Singapore River.

Jeeva Ragunath is an Indian storyteller who pioneered the storytelling movement in Tamil Nadu.  She is a Founding Director of FEAST and is highly regarded worldwide for her lively and captivating storytelling style and her ability to ‘become’ the characters in her stories. 

Her storytelling journey began when she was a child, listening to her family telling her stories.  She says ….. “Growing up I was exposed to so many different genres and styles of storytelling. That awoke the story system in my body, and I started telling the stories I heard to my friends and family.”

Working in a preschool enabled a young me to explore storytelling as an effective teaching tool in the classroom. Working in a publishing house turned me into an author and professional storyteller. That experience helped me to craft stories for all ages and gave me opportunities to both discover my own roots and appreciate global storytelling.

I have been a professional storyteller for the past 25 years and my strength as a performance storyteller has taken me to 27 countries to perform. Back home in India I run my own international storytelling festival Under the Aalamaram. I see, smell, feel, touch and taste stories!

The skill I have gained over the years has earned me the title Inimitable Jeeva.  But my experience provokes me to say, “If I can do it, You can too!”

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