Workshops: Schools

I know what it’s like to be a shy kid – I was one. And it wasn’t until I was in my thirties and I started telling stories that I began to learn what confidence looks and feels like. Feel like your students would like to learn the secret? Book me to teach a high energy, interactive Storytelling Workshop.

“My mom says she’s never seen me this confident – she’s so happy I took your workshop!” – high school workshop participant

The workshops I give for students grades 4 to 12 are geared towards learning through doing, and a LOT of laughter.

I begin every single workshop by telling the same story twice. First, in the weakest way possible. (Remember book reports in grade seven? Yeah. THAT.) I invite the students to tell me where I could have improved. Then I tell the story in the strongest way possible. And the students talk about what I did right. It’s so easy to think, “I want to tell a great story,” but knowing WHAT makes a great story is the real secret.

And then the kids learn by doing, playing silly games that also teach the core rules of telling a compelling story.

What will your students take home from this workshop?

* how to choose a strong story (hint: it isn’t “that time I lost my phone”)
* how to structure a story (they’ll always know what the POINT of the story is)
* how to edit (no more rambling)
* how to connect with the audience (how to look and sound confident, and eventually feel it too)

My workshops are supportive, respectful, educational, and crazy good fun. I can’t wait to work with your students.

By the way: I am a TDSB Partner. Among others I’ve worked with McMurrich Jr Primary School, David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute, Toronto Catholic District School Board as well as Story Planet, the Mosaic Festival, Saksham Center For Child Education and Women Empowerment and Boo! At the Barns. I’m a member of Storytellers for Children. (And a mom, though my six foot tall twenty year old son doesn’t seem so little anymore…)

Ready to move forward? To ask questions or request a proposal for your school, please fill out the Booking Form.