About the class

Everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone knows how to tell it. In this class, you'll learn how to transform your real-life experiences, thoughts, opinions into an unforgettable performance that will allow you to take the audience along on your journey. The class will operate workshop style, with the majority of class time devoted to sharing and critiquing stories.

The class will end with a show at The PIT for family and friends.

*Students should come to the first class with the piece they want to work on - so they can get on their feet the very first class and get feedback.


Session 1
What Makes a Great Story?
The course will open with a discussion on what makes for a good,
compelling story. What are narrative elements and devices that hook
people in?
Students will come to the class already with a story in mind they want
to work on. Each will be given a chance to perform their piece and
get feedback from Harmon and the rest of the class.
At the end of each session, everyone will be given a homework
assignment of a solo storytelling show to watch on Netflix – which will
be discussed at the start of each class. Classics storytelling shows
from the likes Spalding Gray, John Leguizamo, John Leguizamo, Tig
Notaro, etc…

Session 2
Technique, Technique, Technique

Session 2 will open with a discussion on various storytelling
techniques; the technical tricks of telling stories around a campfire
and how to hook in your audience.

We’ll then give everyone a chance to perform and get feedback on
the piece they are working on.
Everyone will be given a homework assignment where they need to
create a story based on something that happens to them that week –
which they will share at the start of next session.

Session 3
Lets Add Some Multimedia
Students will perform their homework assignments. Then we’ll break
down into elements of adding multimedia to stories – to enhance the
storytelling experience; from what type of software to use – to adding
video, audio, music, and images to accompany the story.

Session 4
Going Solo

We’ll talk about how to turn a singular story into an hour-long solo
storytelling show to take to comedy and fringe festivals. What is
needed in an overall story arc or b-story that enhances an hour-long
solo show?

Session 5
Putting It All Together

We’ll talk about how to produce a regular monthly storytelling series
in New York. How do you find a room? What are some tips on
Students will also get a chance to perform the story they’ve been
work on throughout the course and get final feedback.

Session 6
Let’s Hear From the Panel
We will have a panel with a few professional storytellers from around
the NY circuit to answer storytelling questions and give
advice/feedback on the NY storytelling scene.

Grand Finale:

Harmon’s class will have a chance to perform what
they’ve learned at a special storytelling night at The PIT – where they
have to the chance to show off their skills for friends and family.

Harmon Leon

Harmon Leon has performed solo storytelling shows around the world; including the Edinburgh Festival, Montreal’s Just for Laughs, Melbourne Comedy Festival, and is the producer of TALE, Political TALE, VideoTALE, and StoryFest at the PIT.

Harmon Is also the author of 6 books, a frequent contributor to Vice, and has appeared on This American Life and the Howard Stern Show.

Harmon is thrilled to share his experience as an international storyteller, journalist, and producer in a 4 Session Storytelling Workshop