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, pay by August 15
$30 Regular registration, pay by September 7

A) Storytelling to Meet Contemporary Challenges in the Classroom. Choose between two workshops designed especially for classroom educators and future educators. Participants will receive a certificate of completion for CEUs.

1) The Magic of Metaphor (Pre-school through lower elementary), led by Michael Dorer

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..

2) Working with the Brain to Make Learning Fun (Upper elementary through high school), led by Katie Knutson 

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.

B) The Need for Storytelling in Today’s World, led by Laura Packer & Loren Niemi

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.

*** A limited number of scholarships are available for the morning workshops. Please contact us by email at

12:00-12:45: Boxed lunch
$12, pay by September 7

1:00-1:50 - Concurrent workshops and story concerts - FREE

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

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

A) Workshop: Storytelling to nurture kindness and compassion in children. Presenter: Carol McCormick
B) Collecting Oral History Stories and Preserving Culture. 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

Hear some of the Twin Cities' finest storytellers--Greg Pickett, Christy Moulton-Perry, 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.