Who better to facilitate a workshop than a former teacher-turned Storyologist? I know all the tricks of the trade when it comes to running a workshop. Whether it's a workshop where people connect through personal stories, investigate subject matter through storytelling, or write their own stories during a workshop, I can put a group immediately at ease and get everyone talking.

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Recent Workshops


Storytelling Workshop at The Blog Connect

I was so excited to facilitate a workshop at The Blog Connect hosted by PHL Bloggers on storytelling in blogging. Here's my workshop plan:

See these notes and scribbles? That's how I always roll. I have a well-developed plan, and an hour before the workshop, all of these new ideas come to me in a flood, and always end up enhancing the workshop!

See these notes and scribbles? That's how I always roll. I have a well-developed plan, and an hour before the workshop, all of these new ideas come to me in a flood, and always end up enhancing the workshop!

I always start workshops by connecting to the group. Even though we only had 30 minutes, it was really important to me to hear everyone's visions for stories on their blogs. After sharing ideas, we had a quick brainstorming session dissecting The Wizard of Oz and talking about parts of a story. 

You think that the middle is a slow uphill slope up to the climax of a story, but that's rarely how the messy middles of stories really go, right? 

You think that the middle is a slow uphill slope up to the climax of a story, but that's rarely how the messy middles of stories really go, right? 

Then, participants drew their own story maps and then shared their plans for their upcoming stories on their blogs. I can't wait to read them!

Here's love from some of the workshop participants!


Culinary Literacy Center Classes

I was lucky to be invited as a guest at two of Lauren Nixon's amazing family food workshops at the Philadelphia Free Library Culinary Literacy Center. It's a beautiful space to teach a workshop, and Lauren is a wonderful food educator. I loved having a guest spot!

In my 15-minute guest spots, I talked about changing food narratives with the participants. In December, we talked about reframing the holiday food narrative and thinking about what foods would truly nourish us as we entered into holiday party season. In January, we wrote food manifestos, thinking of broad statements rather than setting up stressful New Year's food resolutions. It was the first time facilitating a workshop with such a wide participant age range (5-50), and we had a great time!


Turkey: Then and Now 

I recently co-facilitated "Turkey: Then and Now" at the Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania, a workshop investigating Turkish identity through storytelling and mapping, with Labaron Palmer, a PhD candidate in Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University. We had an incredible group! For more details, check out the official write-up.

I am the Program Coordinator for the Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania. The Storyologist gave an engaging presentation for K-12 educators at our teacher training called, “Turkey: Then and Now”. Julie Lenard was professional, informative and received wonderful reviews from our instructors.”
— Amelia Carter, MEC Program Coordinator