The Art of Storytelling

Joe McHugh telling a story

Since earliest times storytelling has been used to entertain, instruct, and motivate. Participants in this workshop learn practical techniques on how to find, develop, and tell stories from an experienced storyteller and folklorist. A variety of story types are discussed and demonstrated including humorous anecdotes, personal stories, folktales, urban legends, tall tales, ghostlore, ballads, and family memories. Concepts such as the importance of personal imagery, the power of silence, the “gift of selection,” timing and gesture, and storytelling as ritual are explored so that participants gain an understanding and appreciation of this rich and varied art form.

Ideal For:



Community Leaders

Business Leaders



Park Rangers

Camp Counselors

Whitewater Rafting Guides

Elected Officials


“I am delighted to tell you that the evaluation sheets were unanimous in the “Excellent” comments given for the presentation, “The Art of Storytelling.” Thank you for a most effective and enjoyable workshop.”

Kay Atchison, Placer County Office of Education, Auburn, California

” Thank you, thank you for gifting our students with your time and your perspective as one who values true storytelling. Your visit was a treat.”

Brad Underland, AP English Teacher Olympia High School, Olympia, Washington

“Joe’s presentation made significant contributions to our studies and we very much appreciated his knowledge, style, and humor with which he shared them. The stories and concepts he shared helped our students see the relevance of other people’s experiences to their own. That is good teaching!”

Terry A. Setter, Faculty Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington