Entertaining, fast paced, participatory Workshops jam-packed with activities you can use immediately tailor-made for your group. Includes an extensive handout and resource list.

Storytelling? Yes, You Can!

Leave this introductory workshop with the ability and confidence to tell stories immediately.

Literacy Alive: Using Storytelling to Strengthen Language Skills

Discover projects and games that will help storytelling come alive in your classroom while strengthening literacy skills.

Telling to Write: Using Storytelling to Encourage Writing

Using proven storytelling skills and activities, participants are taken step-by-step through a process of creating and editing stories orally with tips to ensure successful writing. Techniques learned today can be used with students tomorrow.

Raising Voices: Encouraging Youth Storytellers

Learn how to encourage young storytellers through games, activities, group chants, and a structured story learning process.

Telling Stories to Tots n’ Tweens

Learn how to tell stories to children, whether it’s for your own children, grandchildren, friends, or children you work with, including how to use props, participation, song and other ways to get children actively involved in the story.

Storytelling in Your Elementary Classroom

Make your lessons come alive and encourage the joy of learning in a way that excites and enthralls children all while meeting Curriculum Standards. Learn how to integrate storytelling into all aspects of the curriculum from Language Arts to Science.

Participation Plus!

Learn how to liven up your stories by adding actors, action, song, and interesting props as well as tricks for inviting your audience to join in and leave them begging to “do” it again.

Making Magic with Middle School Programs

Learn the Who, What, Why and Wherefore of exciting learning programs guaranteed to make your Library Media Center the epicenter of the school. Includes: Book Club, Reading Quest, Battle of the Books, Reference Challenge, Book Circles, Brown Bag Seminars, Reading Advisors, keeping your staff happy and other ideas involving, students, staff, and community.

Once Upon a Time…The Tools and Tales of Storytelling

Learn how to evaluate storytelling books to meet your needs. Explore the content and features of dozens of books – including how-to-books, storytelling collections, philosophy, activity books, and sources for props.

Storytelling Intensive

Designed for small groups of individuals who want to spend time developing and perfecting a story of their choice. Each participant will receive an uninterrupted period of time to tell their story and receive individual and group coaching.

Storytelling Weekend at Your Place

Topics may include but not limited to: beginning storytelling skills, the business of storytelling, storytelling resources, personal narratives, coaching young storytellers, and storytelling in the classroom. Includes times for participants to tell stories and receive feedback and coaching.

Featured Workshop Presentations:

  • American Association of School Librarians
  • Association of Independent Michigan Schools
  • Birmingham Storytellers Guild
  • Colvin Run Elementary School, Vienna VA
  • Detroit Story League Storytelling Festival
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Huron Valley Chautauqua Historical Storytelling Program
  • International Reading Association
  • League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling’s Sharing the Fire
  • Macomb Area Association of State and Federal Program Specialists
  • Macomb Intermediate School District
  • Macomb Reading Council
  • Massachusetts School Library Association
  • Metro Detroit Reading Council
  • Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association
  • Michigan Association for Media in Education
  • Michigan Education Association Instruction and Professional Development Conference
  • Michigan Library Association Spring Institute
  • Michigan Reading Association
  • Michigan School Age Child Care Conference
  • Michigan Story Festival
  • Mid-South Reading and Writing Institute
  • Missouri Association of School Librarians
  • National Storytelling Conference
  • Northlands Storytelling Network Conference in Iowa and Wisconsin
  • Oakland Country Reading Council
  • Oakland Intermediate School District
  • Oakland University
  • Ohio Order for the Perpetuation of Storytelling
  • Rutherford County Librarians, Murfreesboro TN
  • Saginaw Area Reading Council
  • Storytelling in Education Central Michigan University
  • Storytelling Weekend in Shipshewana IN
  • Tennessee Association of School Librarians
  • Wayne State University
  • Windsor, Ontario Board of Education

“The class loved your workshop and so did I. It was perfect. I wish we could have done several more.” — Elsie Ritsenhein, Graduate Instructor, Oakland University

“One of your workshops is like a pot of gold. I always find something of worth!” — Linda Day, storyteller, Farmington Hills, MI

“Thank you so much for your ideas and insights. They are already making a difference at our school.” — Amy Rominiecki, Library Media Specialist, Mast Community Charter School, Philadelphia, PA

“I really liked and benefited from your method of teaching storytelling.” — Paula Borinsky Hendry, Maryland School Librarian

“Students were amazed at the variation between what was put down in the book and what they saw in their minds as Sima told the story.” — Dan Trudeau, South Lyon Herald

“Not only did I see your stories thoroughly engaging our students, but I was rapt as well! I think we all left the experience invigorated and excited about listening to and telling stories.” — Marcia Mardis, University of Michigan

“I was utterly enchanted with your wit, talent and complete winsome ways with those families who were in attendance.” — Patricia Kjolhede, Teacher, Lansing, Michigan