Two-hour How-to Storytelling Marathon





                                       Marilyn Kinsella, Taleypo the Storyteller




Introduction: Northland Storytelling Network




Types of Stories – Literary, Original, Historical, Personal Experience, Myths

Folktales – Fairy Tales, Fables, How and Why, Trickster, Ghost, Tall Tales, Urban Legends, Legends, Noodlehead, Sacred (see Folktales from Simple to Complex)


Why Folktales??  Discuss.


The Process Demonstrated


  1. Find a Story – Listen to live storytellers at guild meetings, special events, festivals… or listen to storytelling tapes… or watch DVDs of storytellers. Read folktales  - 398.2 adult folktale section of the library. J 398.2 juvenile section and E 398.2 picture book section. Internet – type in the name of the story and follow various searches. Finding “Chit Chat”  Shari Lewis’ One-Minute Folk Tales
  2. Tell the basics “Chit Chat”
  3. Demonstrate the following:

·        Folded piece of paper into 8 sections

·        Story Map

·        Outline

·        Movement

  1. Practice Telling – in the car, with your kids, with your class, with your guild
  2. Tell “Chit Chat” – or a portion of it.


The Process Workshop

  1.  Hand out stories

  2. Read your story silently
  3. Visualize it
  4. Tell the story to yourself
  5. Make a mnemonic with folded piece of paper

Developing Your Own Story


  1. Using the paper tell the story to a partner
  2. Put paper down – visualize the scenes – add descriptions using the senses. Tell to a partner
  3. Visualize characters – add descriptions, attitude, way they carry themselves, how they walk, etc. Tell to a partner
  4. Listen to your characters’ voices – rough, sweet, conniving, jerky, etc. Add more dialog by actually saying what your characters said and the reactions of the other characters. Tell to a partner
  5. Look for places to add more images – esp. using the senses, emotions, asides to the audience, sound effects, audience participation. Tell to a partner


To Tell A Story:


Review positive affirmations and suggestions - Each participant tell to the whole group


Tell A Story at a Concert: Hopefully, we can tell stories to the day camps


To Make Storytelling a Part of Your Life



·        Entertain Kids

·        Teach a Lesson (bullying, character traits, religious)

·        Learn Speech Techniques

·        To Enhance a Lesson

·        To Give Back

·        To Be Creative

·        To Open New Doors

·        To Have That “Something Special”

·        To Challenge Yourself to Try Something New”

·        To Appreciate the Art of Storytelling




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