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Celebrate storytelling through workshops, coaching, and performances! Story Arts of Minnesota and Normandale Community College are partnering to entertain and educate storytellers and story listeners of all ages.

Join us for morning workshops designed for educators, future educators, and professional and community leaders and advocates. In the afternoon, enjoy free workshops and story concerts for all ages. Wrap up the festival with a concert by stellar local storytellers!

Schedule of Events

9:00-12:00 - Concurrent workshops 
$25 Early Bird registration,  purchase ticket by August 15
$30 Regular registration, purchase ticket by September 7
*** A limited number of scholarships are available for the morning workshops. Please contact us by email at storyartsmn@gmail.com.
*** Discounted cost for SAM members:  $23 Early Bird, $28 Regular.

The Magic of Metaphor (Pre-school through lower elementary), led by Michael Dorer
Audience:  Pre-school and lower elementary teachers and pre-service teachers.  CEUs awarded for completion.

Discover the power of the imagination in storytelling. Through the lens of metaphor, we will look at the seven basic story types used in schools, what "no-story stories” are, and the LIBRA method for learning a story. You will leave ready to tell stories, and with the confidence to begin immediately.  Click HERE for full description.

Working with the Brain to Make Learning Fun (Upper elementary through high school), led by Katie Knutson
Audience:  Elementary and middle school teachers and pre-service teachers.  CEUs awarded for completion.

Our brains are wired in story. Come learn why storytelling is so vital to educating our youth and how you can use storytelling and drama every day to engage your students, build community, and make your lessons last. In this hands-on workshop, we will discuss brain research on story, play simple storytelling and drama games, and design lessons that work with your curriculum and standards. You will leave with activities you can do tomorrow!  Click HERE for full description.

The Need for Storytelling in Today’s World, led by Laura Packer & Loren Niemi
Audience:  Business and nonprofit leaders and professionals.

Explore stories as powerful tools for individuals and organizations to share mission and vision, build brand, focus advocacy and social justice, and create meaningful sustainable communities.  This workshop will benefit business and non-profit leaders and professionals.  Click HERE for full description.

12:00-12:45: Boxed lunch
$12.  Purchase ticket by September 7

1:00-1:50 - Concurrent workshops and story concerts - FREE - Click HERE to learn more.

A) Workshop: Earning Your Audience's Trust: Why You Need It and How to Get It (for high school speech competitors). Presenter: Lindsey White.
B) Workshop: Performing the story: Movement and story. Presenter: Cia Sautter
C) Concert: Kids concert: Family friendly stories for the youthful and young at heart. Host: Pam Schweitzer
D) Concert: Journey stories. Host: Chelley McLear

2:00-2:50 - Concurrent workshops and story concerts - FREE - Click HERE to learn more.

A) Workshop: Make Five Minutes Matter: Crafting the Slam-Length Story.  Presenter: Amy Salloway
B) Workshop: Family bedtime stories. Presenter: Sara Logan
C) Concert: Traditional story swap. Host: Sue Searing
D) Concert: Youth storytellers showcase. Host: Jennifer Isaac

3:00-3:50 - Concurrent workshops and story concerts - FREE - Click HERE to learn more.

A) Workshop: Storytelling to nurture kindness and compassion in children. Presenter: Carol McCormick
B) Gather and Tell: Stories to Build Community.  Presenters: Beverly Cottman and Nothando Zulu
C) Concert: Slam-styled stories. Host: Leif Wallin
D) Concert: Peace stories. Host: Larry Johnson

4:00-5:30 – Storytelling for Changing Times concert - FREE - Click HERE to learn more.

Hear some of the Twin Cities' finest storytellers--Greg Pickett, Christy Marie Kent, Laura Packer, and Khary Jackson--as they weave their magic. Hosted by Ward Rubrecht.

*** Please purchase tickets for morning workshops and lunch by September 7. Although afternoon workshops and concerts are free, seating is limited. Please click on TICKETS above to reserve a spot.