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Workshops & Storytelling Course

Read from the Start Workshop

Join St.Louis storyteller Annette Harrison at a special Read From the Start workshop sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council in conjunction with The St Louis Storytelling Festival. Learn how to make books come live by using voice, gesture and imagination. Annette will show preschool teachers how to create a magical storytelling experience with their students! Participants will read and discuss four acclaimed children's books which they will take home to use in their classrooms. When: May 3, 2012 @ 6:30-8:30pm Where: Missouri Humanities Council Offices | 543 Hanley Industrial Court Suite 201 Brentwood, MO 63144 Cost: Free Limited to 30 participants Contact MO Humanities Council to register at (314) 781-9660.

Explore and Discover the Art & Craft of Storytelling (Storytelling [MEDIA 3362/EDUCATION 5006])

When: TBD Where: UMSL Cost: Noncredit $285 | Credit - Call (314) 516-5948 for information about credit fees and registration. Contact (314) 516-5948 to register.

This course will explore storytelling in terms of definition, selection of appropriate materials, methods of preparation, and techniques of presentation. Traditional rendering of stories, as well as more innovative approaches using art, music, and movement, will be demonstrated. Developing storytelling units based on a theme or historical figure also will be discussed. Participants in this course will have many opportunities to learn stories and polish them for telling. Emphasis is placed on personal experience and how it fits into existing curriculum.

Discover & Explore

  • Family folklore: finding, shaping, and telling stories from our lives
  • Folklore, fairy tales, literary tales for all ages
  • Using sound and movement Sharing and producing stories as visual art
  • Stories for every purpose
  • Using humor and participation


  • Lynn Rubright is professor emeritus at Webster University, an adjunct faculty member at University of Missouri-St. Louis, professional storyteller, author, and educational consultant.
  • Sue Hinkel, Annette Harrison, and Perrin Stifel will make presentations during the workshop, demonstrating their techniques and sharing some of their stories with class members.

Who Should Attend

The seminar is geared toward the practical needs of primary and secondary school teachers with workable instruction and exercises for application in the classroom. The seminar also will be of value to librarians, counselors, parents, clergy, or anyone else interested in storytelling.