marilyn kinsellaThe Wild and Wacky World of Fractured Fairy Tales
Marilyn Kinsella

Hokey Smokes, Rocky and Bullwinkle fans! This is what we’ve been waiting for! We will review the history of fracturing, talk about different ways to fracture a tale, work together to fracture a nursery rhyme, and then, work in groups to fracture a fairy tale. We will tell our tales to each other and some (with your permission) may land on.

As Taleypo the Storyteller, Marilyn Kinsella has been telling stories from nursery schools to nursing homes since 1981. She has presented this fun and high-energy workshop for groups in Hawaii, Washington State, as well as for a number of Illinois storytelling guilds. or

paul normandinDeveloping Your Five-Minute Story
Paul Normandin

Whether you want to hear yourself on the Moth Radio Hour or just be able to tell a story at your next party, this workshop will help you be a better prepared and more confident storyteller. It will provide you with the tools that you need to develop a memory or a personal anecdote into a five minute story.

Paul Normandin has a BA & MA in Speech Communication. He is the 2017 Tejas Festival Story Slam Champion and the 2016 Houston Moth Grand Slam Storytelling Champion. A teacher of true, personal stories, Paul models his workshops on Margot Leitman’s book: Long Story Short. or

fran stallingsScience: Tell it Like a Story
Fran Stallings

How do tales about nature hold attention, teach content, and inspire curiosity to know more? Learn how to use the same story elements that work in time-tested folk tales to craft science information into "fact-tales" that make complicated ideas easy to remember, and help students see meaning in masses of facts.

Biologist Dr. Fran Stallings ("EarthTeller") uses the traditional art of storytelling to impart modern science concepts and content while sharing timeless lessons of understanding and respect for our planet's living things. She performs and teaches worldwide. or

tim tingleTalk, Talk, Take-away!
Tim Tingle

In the first-ever gathering of storytellers that encourages at least 6 people to talk at the same time, Tim will have dozens of stories available for learning. After 90 minutes of fun and animated practice, everybody leaves with new and improved repertory for all ages—handouts actual or online, or both—and youthful energy. Let us do it!

Tim is a 2018 Featured Teller. or


donna ingramStart with the Truth: Then Stretch it
Donna Ingham

Oxymoronic though it sounds, any good lie must be “believable” – up to a point. Starting with “true” characters, settings, and situations a teller can then begin to stretch those truths into downright outrageous exaggerations for the amusement and amazement of his/her listeners. This workshop will provide examples, suggest techniques, and invite participation.

Formerly a mild-mannered college English professor, Donna Ingham has morphed into a world-class liar, and she has the trophies to prove it. She is a recipient of TSA’s John Henry Faulk Award and NSN’s ORACLE Regional Excellence Award. And, that is the truth. or

laura packerPlayful Creativity: Breaking Blocks, Deepening Telling, Fooling Your Insecurities Away
Laura Packer

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by intellect but by…play.” —Carl Jung
We work hard on our stories, sometimes getting blocked or frustrated. Through play we move beyond boundaries, learn new things about character, plot, technique and ourselves. Expect to stretch your creative boundaries with improv, games, creativity exercises and more, leaving with the seeds of a new tale.  

Laura is a 2018 Featured Teller. or

loren niemiWalking to Find Poems and Stories
Loren Niemi

This workshop does two things to encourage our creative process. The first is to actually (consciously) walk through the environment to put our bodies in motion, open our senses, and invite memory and imagination. The second is to craft stories and poems from that experience with structuring prompts and examples from the workshop instructor.

Loren Niemi is an innovative storyteller, published poet (including the chapbook, Coyote Field Coach), author of The New Book of Plots of uses of narrative, and co-author with Elizabeth Ellis of the critically acclaimed, lnviting the Wolf ln: Thinking About Difficult Stories. or

adam boothCinematics in Storytelling
Adam Booth

Since the 1890s, the motion picture has grown as a force in storytelling. What can oral tellers learn from film? This workshop introduces tellers to advanced elements of storytelling culled from cinematic techniques. Focus is on diegetic cognition, framing, sound, and the “other” senses. Come prepared to work and explore how filmic components contribute to top-notch telling.

Adam is a 2018 Featured Teller. or

sheila starks phillipsSo You Want to Be a Storyteller? You Already Are!
Sheila Starks Phillips

Okay, now that you have heard some great stories, wouldn’t you like to try telling some tales yourself? This workshop is for beginning storytellers or wannabe storytellers. It will touch on where to find a story to tell, learning a story, presentation, stage fright, protecting your voice, and all aspects of becoming a first-rate teller.

Past TSA President, Faulk Award recipient, and master storyteller for over 25 years, Sheila Starks Phillips has appeared in the National Storytelling Festival’s Exchange Place and twice been Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center. Sugar Land Proud for forty years, she has brought the Houston Area Liars’ Contest trophy home four times. or

beth hornerCollaboration: How Great Teams Are Made
Presenter: Beth Horner

Storytellers collaborate on projects, programs, and events, but what makes some groups hum and others barely able to tolerate each other? A veteran collaborator, Beth takes you step-by-step through a practical and participatory process incorporating the artistic, business, financial, organizational and personal considerations essential to establishing a successful collaboration. Come on your own or with fellow collaborators. Great fun!

Beth is a 2018 Featured Teller. or  

sheila arnold jonesFolktales, Fairy Tales, and Social Justice
Sheila Arnold Jones

Fairy tales engage us in the imaginary and hopeful. Folktales let us glimpse cultural thoughts and norms. Let us combine hopes and cultural thoughts to address social justice issues such as suicide, PTSD, and race. Hear a story combining a fairy or folk tale with a current issue, then join in to discuss, brainstorm, and create stories for awareness and change.

Gifted by God with performance skills, Sheila Arnold Jones has been using this talent since she was eight years old. Since 2003, she has been a full-time storyteller traveling throughout the United States and sharing a variety of stories as well as performing Historic Character Presentations. or


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