Dennis Boyne – Story Slam Workshop

On July 12th, Dennis Boyne, creator of Lehigh Valley Story Slam, will offer a Story Slam workshop – how to run one, how to participate in one, the whys and wherefores-, at 6:00 pm at Godfrey Daniels, 7 East 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA, 18015.

A Story Circle will follow at 7:30 pm.  The workshop AND the Story Circle are FREE.



Workshops – Dennis Boyne

The Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild continues to offer cultural enlightenment with another awesome FREE workshop.  Dennis Boyne, founder of Lehigh Valley Story Slam, will lead a Story Slam Workshop, designed to allow YOU to offer story slams at your next corporate picnic or family event.  Teachers can use the story slam format to encourage students to write down and present their escapades. NOTE: stories told during story slams can NOT be read from a paper.  Librarians can offer story slams as community entertainment.  Boyne’s Lehigh Valley Story Slams have turned into hilarious, sometimes touching, events as tellers from all walks of life share slices of their lives.  Get the goods from a master.  Dennis’ workshop happens on Wednesday, July 12th at Godfrey Daniels, at 6 pm.

Every other month or so, the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild offers FREE workshops to anyone who wants to attend.  Subjects covered in the past have been Voice Care, Professional Presentation, Storytelling in Higher Education and Telling Stories from Other Cultural Traditions.  The workshops are posted on our events column.

Storytelling Workshops for the Young

This summer, two local libraries will offer storytelling workshops as part of their Build a Better World Summer Reading Programs.

Both programs will run for six sessions and end with a performance by workshop participants.

Allentown Public Library will offer Build a Better Story Workshops on six consecutive Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7:15 beginning on June 28th.  These workshops are best for children aged 7 and up.  Younger children can attend with a parent.  Pre-teens and teens are welcome.  Registration is strongly suggested, although not required. Registration begins on June 5.  Call the Allentown Public Library for more details. 610-820-2400, ext. 4.

The Emmaus Public Library will offer storytelling workshops for teens and pre-teens on Tuesday afternoons from 2 to 3:30.  The dates are June 20th and 27th, July 18th and 25th, August 1st and 8th.  Registration begins June 12th.  Call the Emmaus Public Library at 610-965-9284.

Telling Stories Outside Your Culture Workshop

Rob Aptaker provides guidelines for telling the essential stories from other cultures in this part of the Story Circle Workshop series.  The workshop will be held at Godfrey Daniels on May 10th at 6 pm and will be followed, after a short break, by the monthly Story Circle at 7:30 pm.  This event is Free.

Rob will cover the following concepts;

  • When you borrow something valuable from someone, treat it with more care than you would with your own valuables.
  • The importance of checking in with people from the cultures whose stories you’re borrowing.
  • Where creativity and inspiration DO have their place.
  • Pointers from traditional teachers.
  • Q & A to follow.

Storytelling In Higher Education Workshop

Join Dr. Deryl Johnson at Godfrey Daniels on April 12th at 6 pm, as he leads a workshop on telling stories to teens and adults.  This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Johnson teaches Communications at Kutztown University and is a professional storyteller.


Voice Care Workshop

Carly Bergey workshop on Voice Care
January  11th, 6:00pm, Free.
At Godfrey Daniel
7 East 4th Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Courtesy of the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild

Carly Bergey, SLP | Speech Therapist,  will talk about how the vocal cords work, vocal health tips, demonstrate some warm ups and talk about how to take care of your voice. Carly Bergey is a Speech Language Pathologist certified by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. She received her Bachelor of Music in Voice from Belmont University in Nashville, TN and her Masters in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is also certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy, and has extensive experience treating voice, PVFM/VCD, Chronic cough, and swallowing disorders. She has been in practice since 2010.


Karen Maurer will present a Tellabration workshop for children between the ages of 4 and 8 at the Cops’n’Kids Reading Room, Northampton Community College, Fowler Family Southside Center, Room 403, 511 East Third Street, Bethlehem, PA, 18015.

Maurer will tell stories, teach the children a short story that they can tell and lead the children in crafts and games.  Please call 610-861-5526 to register in advance.

Everything starts at 10 am and runs until noon.

Workshop on Professional Presentation

Charlotte Blake Alston will offer a workshop on Professional Presentation at Godfrey Daniels, 7 East 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015, on November 9th at 6 pm.  Blake Alston is a highly acclaimed storytelling, working on a regular basis with both the Philadelphia Orchestra and Carnegie Hall.  She is featured in regional and national storytelling festivals around the continent.  Do NOT miss this workshop.  It’s FREE.

This workshop focuses on how a storyteller presents herself (or himself) on stage, how the storyteller interacts with the audience and other performers.  Blake Alston’s advice will help workshop attendees to take their stories from good enough to polished.


NJ Storytelling Festival

The New Jersey Storytelling Festival boasts 40 New Jersey storytellers, including LVSG’s own Ingrid Bohn, Judy England-McCarthy, Denise McCormack, MaryAnn Paterniti, Megan Hicks, Robin Reichert and Oni Lasana.  Don’t miss the morning workshops or the story slam, including the famous Lightning Round.

The event is held Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey on September 18th, 2016.

Storytelling 101 Workshop

Charles Kiernan, the Guild’s president, will offer a Storytelling 101 Workshop, on Wednesday, September 14, at 6 pm.  The workshop is FREE to all comers and will be held at Godfrey Daniels Listening Club at 7 East 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015.

Learn about resources for stories, and resources for storytelling.  Kiernan will open the secret door to the art of engaging your audience.

The workshop will be followed by a free Story Circle.  Stick around and try out some of your new skills.