Schools and Youth

We focus the bulk of our efforts on college and high school students because they have the necessary emotional intelligence to reflect on how they felt during the events they recount; we’ve successfully worked with middle school students as well. Workshops can vary in length from 45 minutes to 2.5 hours.

young girl talks into a micWhile in residency at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, we facilitated storytelling workshops for students at several local schools.  In these highly-interactive sessions, participants experienced multiple storytelling formats, analyzed stories, discovered the elements of an effective story, and shared stories in small groups.

Some sessions ended with a few students sharing in front of the full group – and students responses were overwhelmingly positive even to more challenging stories. For example, a high school student talked about ‘coming out’, and a student with autism shared a time that she felt excluded – and in both cases, their peers were very supportive.

These are some of our most popular workshops for youth:

  • “Tell Your Story”
    Participants will learn the elements of an effective story, practice structured feedback techniques, and craft and share personal stories. This hands-on workshop also helps develop cooperation and listening skills!
  • “Intro to Interviewing”
    Participants will learn and practice interviewing techniques. Students can then leverage these skills to collect stories from relatives, peers, or community members. This workshop can also be done as an inter-generational experience.
  • “Tell Me About a Time”: Job Interview Stories 
    UW-Madison students work on their interview stories.
    UW-Madison students work on their interview stories.

    Participants will prepare for job interviews by crafting and sharing personal stories that concisely communicate their knowledge and skills to potential employers.


To help us prepare a proposal for your group, please contact us and include the following details:

  • the name and location of your organization
  • the grade(s) and number of participants
  • the kind of storytelling experience that you are interested in
  • your goals for this storytelling experience
  • the ideal date(s) and time(s)
  • your budget


“Great stuff! Much appreciated. There were some very powerful connections that students were making with their peers.”

– Steven Decker, Associate Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts, UW-Waukesha