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Story Power: The Storytelling Revolution from Traditional to Personal
A Virtual Workshop in the Art of Storytelling with Kate Farrell

Produced In partnership with the San Francisco Writers Conference

This event will take place via Zoom. After you register via Eventbrite the credentials will be sent to you before the date of the class.

Kate Farrell, author of Story Power, discusses the radical change in storytelling along with contributors to the book who will model their stories. Contributors include Sheryl Bize-Boutte who will share folktales from her Creole relatives’ storytelling and how it helped to inform her writing; and Claire Hennessy who will discuss the movement in storytelling to bring traditional and personal narrative closer together, and will tell a personal story that echoes a traditional tale.

In addition, you will learn how to create, craft, and tell memorable stories. We will study the structure of personal narratives and the seven steps all storytellers should follow.

For each class, we reserve the right to cancel at any time and issue a full refund. If you are unable to attend your class, please email [email protected] at least ten days prior to receive a refund. All fees must be paid at the time of registration.  

Story Power is available from Alexander Book Company; Barnes and Noble, or Amazon.

Kate Farrell believes in the power of story. A graduate of the School of Library and Information Studies, UC Berkeley. She has been a language arts classroom teacher (pre-school and grades kindergarten through 12th), author, librarian, university lecturer, and storyteller in Northern California since 1966.

She founded the Word Weaving Storytelling Project, in collaboration with the California State Department of Education funded by grants from Zellerbach Family Fund, San Francisco, 1979-1991, to train educators at all levels, and published numerous educational materials.

Farrell is the author of Word Weaving: A Storytelling Workbook, 1980; co-author of a monograph, Effects of Storytelling: An Ancient Art for Modern Classrooms, 1982; author of Word Weaving: A Teaching Sourcebook, 1984; producer and co-author of a training videotape, “Word Weaving: The Art of Storytelling,” 1983, distributed by the University of California, Berkeley; and author of the professional book, Storytelling: A Guide for Teachers, Scholastic, 1991. She is also senior author of Storytelling in Our Multicultural World, an oral language development program for early childhood education, published by Zaner-Bloser, Educational Publishers of Highlights for Children, 1994.

Farrell edited the anthology, Wisdom Has a Voice: Every Daughter’s Memories of Mother, 2011. She is co-editor of the anthology, Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the ’60s & 70s, 2013—Finalist for Foreword Reviews 2014 Book of the Year Award and 2014 Indie Excellence Award. Farrell is co-editor for the anthology, Cry of the Nightbird: Writers Against Domestic Violence, 2014–Finalist for the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award and the 2015 Indie Excellence Award.

She is Past President of the San Francisco Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, and Youth Event Manager and Presenter for San Francisco Writers Conference. Kate lives in San Francisco and recently retired as a teacher librarian from San Francisco Unified School District.





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