Do you love stories and want to learn to write and perform them?  Are you a storyteller who desires to polish your skills?  Although Story Arts of Minnesota isn't running classes at this time, many of our members lead courses, classes, and workshops which we list below.  If you know of storytelling learning opportunities that should appear here, please send the information to  

Creative Writing (6-week class)

Mondays, April 15th - May 20th

Jefferson Elementary, 26th and Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis

Work on your writing – an existing piece, or something new - in a supportive and motivating environment. We'll use readings, discussion and structured exercises to focus on a different skill set each week, like mood, style, narrative voice, and pace. Time is set aside for sharing work and getting feedback. Writers of all levels welcome! Taught by local writer, actor, and storyteller, Amy Salloway. 

TEACHER: Amy Salloway

COST: $49

Writing: Voice, Tense and Story Structure (4-week class)

Tuesdays, April 16th - May 7th

Jefferson Elementary, 26th and Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis

How does an author decide whether to write a novel in first person, third person limited or omniscient? Why do I keep accidentally changing my story from past tense to present tense? How can veering from a "beginning, middle, end" chronology better serve the book you are working on? Dig into three important elements of narrative style through reading, writing exercises and discussion.

TEACHER: Amy Salloway

COST: $35

Memoir & Narrative Writing - Mpls Community Ed (6-week class)

Mondays, June 17th - July 22nd

Center for Adult Learning, 2015 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

Writing about your own life can be rewarding -- and there are so many forms your material can take: memoir, short stories, online blog, even performance monologues. This all-levels class uses writing exercises and discussion to cover finding the heart of a personal story, compressing time, working with specificity and detail, and developing your unique voice. Bring a notebook and pen, or laptop.

TEACHER: Local writer, actor, and storyteller Amy Salloway.

COST: $55

Using Humor in a Story - Mpls Community Ed (4-week class)

Wednesdays, June 19th - July 10th

Center for Adult Learning, 2015 E. Lake St. Mpls
Humor in a story balances out pain, reveals the narrator's vulnerability, and builds an emotional connection. If humor is such a vital tool, why can it feel so difficult to create, especially within a story that's serious, dramatic or sad? This interactive class analyzes the roots of humor, and takes students through writing exercises they can utilize to "find the funny" in their stories and themselves. Taught by local writer, actor, and storyteller, Amy Salloway.

TEACHER: Local writer, actor, and storyteller, Amy Salloway.

COST: $39

Storytelling from Audience to Zeal: Finding, Crafting, and Telling Great Stories  (6-week online class)

June 26-July 30, 2019

This workshop is for anyone interested in becoming a better storyteller, whether from the stage, at bedtime, in the office, or elsewhere. While we will focus on stories told live in the moment, this class is helpful for anyone who wants to e a better speaker, writer, communicator, and transformative language artist.

Objectives and goals:

  1. Participants will learn about the history and uses of storytelling.

  2. Participants will develop at least four stories that they can comfortable tell, including one folktale, one personal story, and one scary story. Participants will have the opportunity to practice storytelling during weekly video conferences (to be scheduled).

  3. Participants will explore different places and audiences for storytelling.

  4. Participants will understand how the story triangle works and how they can use it in their own storytelling to develop better stories for specific audiences.

  5. Participants will explore a range of storytelling techniques.

  6. Participants will consider the ethical uses of storytelling.

Week-by-week schedule: at

Who Should Take This Class: This online and video conference class is for people who are interested in learning to tell stories out loud, without notes. This class works well for people who are interested in performance, conquering public speaking, listening, and are willing to take a risk to step outside of their comfort zone within a safe and supportive environment. Participants will get far more out of the class if they can commit to the weekly video calls.

Format: Participants can expect to spend 2-4 hours a week reading assignments, writing in response to prompts, story crafting, telling their own story, watching, and listening to stories from others during a weekly video conference (to be scheduled). Participants will receive and give positive, strengths-based feedback when responding to peers' work.

TEACHER: Laura Packer (

COST: $210-$270