What sort of workshops?


These can be one hour to half day stand alone workshops or can be combined with some of the basic skills to create a whole day workshop tailored to your group’s specific needs.  For example this could be part of an Extension English or Drama program, for Guides, for writers, for teachers.  PowerPoint presentations optional.


Basic storytelling skills
Whole day recommended. Half day possible.


Telling stories to children
Whole day recommended. Half day possible.


Children telling stories
90 mins - 3 hours. 


Storytelling in heritage sites

90 mins - 3 hours. 
Combine with Historical storytelling for full day workshop


Historical storytelling

 90 mins- 3 hours. 
Combine with Heritage sites for full day workshop


Yarn spinning

90 mins -3 hours. 
Combine with Basic storytelling skills for full day workshop.


Telling mysteries

90 mins -3 hours. 
Combine with Basic storytelling skills for full day workshop.


Telling ghost stories

90 mins -3 hours. 
Combine with Basic storytelling skills for full day workshop.


Vocal techniques for public speaking
1-3 hours


From written to oral  
1-3 hours



What is covered in the Basic Skills workshop?


Vocal techniques:
Volume, pace, pitch, protection, projection, pause, characterisation


Body language:
Facial expressions, gestures, body language, characterisation


Adapting stories:

Narrative structure, from written to oral, language, genres, copyright



Stage marking, stage fright, relating to an audience,  props, creating a repertoire




basic storytelling skills


To foster


  • Oracy – vocabulary and sentence structure
  • Knowledge of narrative structure and characteristics of different genres
  • Research skills to search for stories
  • Access to literature (oral and written) and history
  • Understanding of intangible culture
  • Creative art of composing a story
  • Transliteracy skills of selecting, arranging, modifying the form to be suitable for performance
  • Performance arts  - drama skills, using the stage, relating to an audience
  • Confidence in public speaking
  • Pride in achievement



More ways of fostering children’s storytelling

  • Storyteller in Residence:  A Storyteller in Residence for an extended period of time
    (eg 4-6 weeks or the same day each week for a term) has time to develop stories, programs and skills for.


Heritage sites
Research, training, outreach, a season of programs for different audiences, a blog.


Concerts, initiating a Storytelling Club, Storytelling Festival or eisteddfod participation


Season of concerts for different audiences, online resources, outreach and training, a local Storytelling Festival


A word to the wise:  the funding for hosting a Storyteller in Residence could come from a grant or sponsorship.



Establishing a storytelling club in your school

These costs are negotiable.

$400 whole day (9.30 to 4.30 with half hour lunch and two 15 minute breaks).

$200 half day


+ $20 for every hour of travelling time beyond 2 hours.


(Jo lives in Brooklyn and can get to most places in Sydney or the Central Coast within 2 hours)




To find out more about workshops, School Storytelling Clubs, Storyteller in Residence programs and discuss the specific needs of your organisation go to the Queries page.




jo henwood