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Weaving Community Through Storytelling
with Kate Farrell

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Unlock the power of your story in this multi-session workshop with Kate Farrell! Hosted onsite at Mechanics' Institute, our workshop is more than just a learning experience—it's a journey towards discovering your unique storytelling style, whether for personal enjoyment or professional enhancement. This multi-session storytelling workshop is limited to 25 people, and the ticket price includes a copy of Story Power: Secrets to Creating, Crafting, and Telling Memorable Stories.

Course Schedule (5 workshop sessions on Wednesday evenings + optional performance at a culminating Storytelling Showcase at Mechanics' Institute)

  • May 8, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • May 15, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • May 22, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • June 5, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • June 12, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • June 26, 6:00-8:00 pm - Culminating Storytelling Showcase

About the Instructor

Kate Farrell, MLS, is 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, funded by grants from Zellerbach Family Fund, San Francisco, 1979-1991. As consultant to the California Department of Education, Farrell conducted Word Weaving staff development trainings and developed statewide language arts curriculum. More recently, Kate has contributed to and edited award-winning anthologies of personal narrative. Kate’s award-winning book, Story Power: Secrets to Creating, Crafting, and Telling Memorable Stories, is a timely, how-to guide on the art of storytelling for adults. In 2023, Kate founded Woven: Telling the Heroine’s Journey to share the ancient tales of the feminine quest and learn their modern meanings from archetypes in fairy tales and myths, long suppressed.

What You Will Learn

Our interactive workshop series is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of storytelling through a mix of step-by-step coaching and peer coaching. Here's what you can expect:

  • Seven Steps to Effective Storytelling
  • Storyboard Techniques
  • Crafting Personal Narratives
  • Practice in Small Groups
  • Directed Peer Coaching
  • Delivery and Performance Skills

Join us at the Mechanics' Institute for a journey into the heart of storytelling. Together, let's unlock the stories within us and share them with the world.

Additional Information

Mechanics' Institute offers both member and non-member registration options for this multi-session storytelling workshop. To join as a member to access the member pricing for this seminar, please join here.

For questions about registration, contact [email protected] or 415-393-0103.

Cancellation policy:

For each workshop, we reserve the right to cancel at any time and issue a full refund. If you are unable to attend the seminar, please email [email protected] or call 415-393-0103 by Wednesday, May 1, 2024, to receive a full refund less any non-refundable ticketing fees which may be applicable. All fees must be paid at the time of registration. After Wednesday, May 1, 2024 no refunds will be issued.

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Members $150
Non-Members/Public $200
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