Women and Story

As women, our identities are often tied up and knotted with the lives of those we care for. But our voices also want to be set free. Join us for a twelve-week course to untangle your own powerful voice from the needs of others in your life.

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Sisters. Mothers. Wives. Daughters. Friends. Teachers. Leaders.

The roles of women in this world are numerous and plenty. But the identity of a woman can be immensely complex and layered by the relationships we share with others.

As women, we often gravitate toward community and yet consistently seek a place to call our own.

When we start to pull apart the threads of who we are in relationship to others, what does that story really look like? What does it feel like?

How can we answer the question, “Where does everyone else end and I begin?”

A woman’s story is one of the most sacred of all; a tale built upon our relationships with our bodies, our histories, and our life-long narratives around who we are supposed to be in this life.

Join us as we spend twelve weeks together holding space for the voice of discovery, the voice of curiosity, and the voice of empowerment.

Join us as we hold space for the voice of Women and Story.

You will work on your own and in group experiences to:

  • Unearth your unique voice as you and your peers untangle some of the roles and expectations that have been layered upon us as women throughout our lifetimes.

  • Follow a proven method that invites profound trust between you and the relationships you commit to.

  • Learn the differences between the hero’s journey and the heroine’s journey and how to navigate this interwoven path in your own life.

  • Explore the social narratives/expectations that can often create imbalance in our lives or lead us away from our most authentic selves.

Class begins this September!

What’s Included in this twelve-week process:

Guided Videos

Original content guiding you every step of the way.

Readings

Original content we’ve developed to invite you more deeply into the learning.

Film Clips

Storytelling examples and inspiration to bring the lessons to life.

Group Experiences

Zoom get-togethers that establish community and deepen psychological safety.

Journaling Lessons

Prompts to guide you through the process of excavating the defining moments of your life.

More Lessons!

Audios, quizzes, surveys, and step-by-step guidance to support the building of your story.

365 Days of Access

Return to the lessons and recordings (available to your class only) as needed for ongoing support.

Who is this course for?

  • Anyone who identifies as a woman and wants to unearth the story behind their relationship to themselves.

  • Anyone who wants to experience community in a psychologically safe space with other women.

  • Anyone who wants to learn the practice of storytelling.

WHO IS THIS COURSE NOT FOR?

  • Those not interested in storytelling as a vehicle for transformation and growth will not enjoy this course experience!

  • While you do NOT have to be a professional writer, artist, or storyteller, this course does require leaning into discomfort with trust and curiosity.

  • Those who are unwilling to embrace vulnerability as they work through their story in community will not experience the full reward of this course.

Our Process

Structure

The course guides our class participants through correlating the stages of Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey, as well as elements from Maureen Murdock’s heroine’s journey, to the profound intersections in their own lives where their superpowers manifest and their destiny is set in motion.

Psychological safety

Uncovering your unique story as a woman requires a safe space to explore the pieces of your life that have shaped who you are today. This course is that safe container where you can find your voice and excavate a deeper truth.

Community

When it comes to authenticity, each of us has to do our work alone. But something magical happens when we do our own work, together, in community. The support, encouragement, and love from the community become part of our story.

12 weeks

Course duration

3-5 hours

Work per week

$795

Cost

This Fall!

Kicking off September 15, 2022

Class times: 11am EST

Instructor: Genevieve Georget

Your Instructor and Course Creator

Genevieve Georget

Genevieve Georget is the community director for Round Table Storytelling Academy and has led and facilitated a dozen classes for the academy. She is the published author of Her Own Wild Winds (2016) and Solace: A Journal of Human Experience (2019), which was awarded 2020 Book of the Year for the Ottawa Faces Magazine awards. Gen’s writing and photography have been featured in publications such as The Good Mother Project, Oprah.com, Simplify Magazine, Her View from Home, and The Good Men Project. She is also the coauthor of Gathering around the Table with EarthKind CEO Kari Warberg Block. Gen has a bachelor of arts (BA) focusing on marketing and communications from the University of Ottawa / Université d'Ottawa.

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The Company Behind Round Table Storytelling Academy

At Round Table Companies (RTC), we have been specializing in storytelling since our incorporation in 2006 by coaching authors, packaging books, and creating event experiences. While we’ve been in the business of developing stories and inspiring audiences for years, we are now providing education services that guide you in telling your own stories, shining light on your own sense of vulnerability, and discovering your own authentic voice.

Our clients have included Zappos, Magoosh, Microsoft, ADP, Marketo, Workday, and hundreds of others who have relied on our team to create a safe space for their vulnerability and growth. We are the creators of the RTC storytelling art wall experience, the Vulnerability is Sexy card game, and our documentary of the same name has won Addy and Hermes awards.

The Other Women Behind This course

Sunny DiMartino — Academy Branding Director

Sunny has been growing personally and professionally with RTC since 2009, packaging books and designing interior layouts, covers, and/or digital versions for 150+ books across all genres (business, memoirs, fiction, illustrated books, workbooks, and test prep books with complex math typesetting). With an eye for detail, she oversees the Academy’s visual design and the protection of our intellectual property, while ensuring the alignment of our core values throughout our operations. She has over 15 years of experience with Adobe InDesign and helped to pioneer RTC’s live art installations, providing structural design, creative direction, management, and onsite artistry.

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Kelsey Schurer — Academy Content Director, Story Coach

Original content for this storytelling course was co-created and led by Kelsey Schurer who also leads our story coaching services for Academy participants and book writing clients (including a client with a forthcoming title from Chronicle Books). Kelsey received her master of fine arts in fiction from Virginia Tech, her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Florida State, and she is a Douglas Anderson School of the Arts alum. Previously nominated for a Pushcart Prize, her honors include Winner of the Virginia Tech Poetry Prize presented by the Academy of American Poets, second-place recipient of the Emily Morrison Fiction Prize, winner of the Louis and Mart P. Hill Outstanding Thesis Award, and winner of the regional Scholastic Writing Award presented by Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Her work has most recently appeared on poets.org and in Apalachee Review and her article “The Best Job Candidates are the Best Storytellers,” published by Harvard Business Review, has been shared more than 7,000 times on Facebook alone.

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The RTC storytelling course is therapeutic, but it is not therapy.

FAQs

How do I know if this course is right for me?

We’re going to be honest with you; you might not know right away. As humans, we love guarantees, but how do you guarantee what the path of transformation and growth will look like for any given person? Like much of life, we get out of it what we put into it. But we can guarantee you this—this class, this content, and this configuration of community is very near and dear to our hearts. We have a passion for shaping, sharing, and witnessing women’s stories. We believe the world needs more of them and we consider it a great privilege to walk alongside anyone willing to enter the space of bringing that story to life. We can’t guarantee that this course is right for you. But we can guarantee that our hearts were poured into it for you.

We will guide you through a process of learning to tell your story in a way that you can fall deeply in love with the woman you are, creating a more empowering and courageous narrative through which to live your life.

What if I’m concerned that my story isn’t worth sharing?

We get this question a lot, and as storytellers ourselves, we’ve wrestled with the same question many times. The truth is, every person’s story is worthy of being shared because every person’s story is uniquely their own. Stories are the connective tissue to our inner humanity, and the more we share them, the more opportunities we have to see that humanity in each other and allow it to be seen in ourselves.

Is this a virtual or in-person course?

Our course is entirely virtual, though you will find that our Zoom calls are intimate and replenishing—not draining as some can be!

If I want to move faster, will the platform allow me to do so?

The course is set up so that the entire class progresses together and nobody can move too far ahead. We find that shared epiphanies are often longer-lasting and more deeply experienced. As each week of content is released, you can move through that content as slowly or quickly as you would like, as long as you complete the work before the next group session.

What are live group discussions? Are they mandatory to attend?

Live group discussions are a chance for you and your peers to come together in real time, to practice vulnerability, to share versions of your story you haven’t shared before, and to deeply listen to one another as beautifully flawed and victorious human beings. These experiences are facilitated by one of your instructors who will lovingly guide you and your peers to see one another—and yourself—in a new light. This is why we encourage you to attend as many live groups discussion as you can. Heroes aren’t born into this world—heroes are made; in part, by the circumstances of life that challenge and refine us, but also by the impact others impress upon our hearts. It is important that during the live group discussion, you respect and honor each person present, with the expectation that any one of us can forever change the way we view ourselves—in a more positive, truthful, loving, and awe-inspiring way. We approach our would-be authors this way, and they in turn carry that forward to their readers.

When sharing my story, how do I determine which of the more vulnerable parts of my life are okay to share with others?

The course invites vulnerability into how you express yourself, both in your identity as a woman and in the choices you make while navigating your life experiences. All this to say: only you can determine how vulnerable you wish to be. Part of being a heroine is in being the first to be brave, in taking a leap of faith that exposes the heart and soul of who you are and who you are called to be. The more authentic you can be in telling your story, the more impact it will have on you moving forward. Vulnerability has all kinds of positive impacts, including self-transformation, healing past trauma, discovering your gifts, and shining a light on others in a profound way, inviting them to be vulnerable, too. If you are feeling TOO MUCH discomfort in sharing something that is vulnerable, you have the freedom to omit that portion from your story. Remember, you are the heroine in this course. You get to choose how to shape your story into the most authentic version of who you are.