Workshop: What's Your Story? The Art of Storytelling

March 18th, 2023


West Portal Public Library

190 Lenox Way

San Francisco, CA 94127


Personal, ageless, inclusive, the art of traditional storytelling is for everyone. If you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, librarian, author, or speaker, this class is for you.

In this interactive class you will learn basic storytelling techniques and discover your storytelling style. Includes handouts.
This workshop will cover five steps to effective storytelling:

  • Use of a storyboard to develop story structure
  • How to shape personal narratives
  • How to discover and tell family folklore
  • Practice storytelling skills in small groups of 2 or 3
  • Share short, multi-ethnic fables
    With step-by-step coaching using basic storytelling techniques–you will find your storytelling style. All it requires is your authentic voice and a love of stories. 

Registration required.  Call 415-355-2886 to register.


KATE FARRELL believes in the power of story. A graduate of the School of Library and Information Studies, UC Berkeley, she has been a language arts classroom teacher (pre-school and grades kindergarten through 12th), author, librarian, university lecturer, and storyteller in Northern California since 1966.

She founded the Word Weaving Storytelling Project, in collaboration with the California State Department of Education funded by grants from Zellerbach Family Fund, San Francisco, 1979-1991, to train educators at all levels, and published numerous educational materials:

Farrell is the author of Word Weaving: A Storytelling Workbook, 1980; co-author of a monograph, Effects of Storytelling: An Ancient Art for Modern Classrooms, 1982; author of Word Weaving: A Teaching Sourcebook, 1984; producer and co-author of a training videotape, “Word Weaving: The Art of Storytelling,” 1983, distributed by the University of California, Berkeley; and author of the professional book, Storytelling: A Guide for Teachers, Scholastic, 1991. She is also senior author of Storytelling in Our Multicultural World, an oral language development program for early childhood education, published by Zaner-Bloser, Educational Publishers of Highlights for Children, 1994.

Farrell edited the anthology, Wisdom Has a Voice: Every Daughter’s Memories of Mother, 2011. She is co-editor of the anthology, Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the ’60s & 70s, 2013—Finalist for Foreword Reviews 2014 Book of the Year Award and 2014 Indie Excellence Award. Farrell is co-editor for the anthology, Cry of the Nightbird: Writers Against Domestic Violence, 2014–Finalist for the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award and the 2015 Indie Excellence Award. Her recent book, Story Power: Secrets to Creating, Crafting, and Telling Memorable Stories was a Gold winner in the 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Award and Silver winner in the 2021 Readers’ Favorite Book Award.

She is a former board member of California Writers Club, Past President of the San Francisco Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, and Youth Event Manager and Presenter for San Francisco Writers Conference. Kate lives in San Francisco and recently retired as a teacher librarian from San Francisco Unified School District.

Event date: 
Saturday, March 18, 2023 - 1:30pm