Pre-Festival Workshops 

The following pre-festival workshops will be available on Thursday, October 3rd at the International Storeytelling Center. These workshops have limited space, and typically sell out quickly. 

For more information or to register call 800-952-8392 

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Susan O’Halloran

Thursday, October 3 · 9 am–12 noon · $75

Speaking Without Preaching

How do you speak without sounding too opinionated or downright boring? Learn how to combine education and entertainment into stories that respect, enlighten, and emotionally move your audience. Topics include: influencing your audience in an uplifting way; avoiding lecturing; getting the tone right; developing rapport; and adding the crucial element of humor. Perfect for organizational leaders, ministers, and storytellers of all experience levels. Susan O’Halloran is a story consultant to Fortune 500 as well as nonprofi t organizations, and has appeared on PBS, ABC Nightline, and in The New York Times.

Regi Carpenter

Thursday, October 3 · 2–5 pm · $75

Getting to Grief: Storytelling in Bereavement

Improve your ability to support adults or children coping with loss in this interactive and informative workshop. Appropriate for therapists, hospice workers, clergy, bereavement counselors, social workers, and family and friends of those grieving the death of a loved one. Carpenter is the founder of Stories with Spirit, a creative initiative dedicated to bringing stories of hope to palliative care patients, families, and caregivers. She also trains medical professionals in the use of stories as narrative medicine.

Dan Hoyle

Thursday, October 3 · 1– 5 pm · $100

Intro to Journalistic Performance

Dan Hoyle’s brand of journalistic performance has been hailed as “riveting, funny and poignant” by the New York Times. You’ll get an introduction to his process and participate in writing and physical movement exercises in this dynamic workshop with the award-winning writer, actor and former Fulbright scholar. Topics will include the journalism of hanging out, physical character creation, and the creative process. Appropriate for beginning or experienced storytellers and writers who are developing character pieces. Hoyle has toured his solo shows and led workshops across the country and abroad.

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