Andrea Lovett

Storytelling workshops for Massachusetts schools and libraries

Build A Story Residency

In this community-building program, students learn the elements of story structure and discover their storytelling skills as Andrea guides them to perform personal narratives in front of an audience. Beginning with familiar stories and fables, students use open-ended questions and mapping to identify and pick apart the fundamental elements of a story—characters, setting, and outcomes. They then work collectively to change those elements and build their own story as a class. Using their story as a script, Andrea guides the students to discover the story’s natural rhythms and places in which audience participation can be added. The residency culminates with the students performing their new story from beginning to end.

Workshop Length: 60 minutes
Participants: 30 students
Target Grades: PreK – 4

Storytelling to Writing Residency

Storyteller Andrea Lovett offers storytelling workshops and residencies for schools and libraries.

Storyteller Andrea Lovett offers storytelling workshops and residencies for schools and libraries.

Students will learn storytelling tools and strategies that can easily be applied to the writing process, a strategy that has been proven to increase students’ language skills and build their overall comprehension skills, allowing for a fuller and broader language development process. The process begins with the students telling their own personal narratives using prompts and guided imagery. Working with their peers, students identify their stories’ strengths and discuss the natural metaphors, similes, and the power of first and last sentences discovered within the storytelling process. Using this new knowledge, students create story maps and put pen to paper, writing, revising, and polishing their enhanced narratives to be presentation-ready.

Workshop Length: 60 minutes
Participants: 30 students
Target Grades: 3-12




Mass Curriculum Frameworks for English Language Arts and Literacy speaking and Listening Standards Pre-K–5 9 (R.L 1.1 & R.L 1.3):  Students will be able to tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details and speak in audibly and coherent sentences.


“I just spoke to the second grade teachers who worked with you yesterday during your workshop and they all reported back it was WONDERFUL! Thanks so much for all the exciting ways you inspire our students to become better writers.  – Cheryl Pratt, arts coordinator, Shaker Lane School, Littleton, MA

“Andrea did an outstanding job. The children loved it.”
-Deborah St. Ives, Principal, Seach Primary School

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Presenting a story map

“I can honestly say, having Andrea teaching was a totally wonderful experience! My only wish was if it could have been much longer…even all year. The hours Andrea spent with us was worth more than several hours done using the teacher’s edition guidelines. It brought me back to the time when teaching was fun and made me hope we might get her back again.”
-Kate Buckley 3rd grade teacher, Malden

“I just wanted to tell you that you received rave reviews from one of our veteran teachers this morning about your teaching. We’ve been very impressed with the quality of instruction, your energy and your investment in our kids.”
-Julia Bott, Asst. Principal, Allston

Travel Fee: based upon mileage

  • A full residency requires a minimum of five contacts per group of students.
  • School’s preferring a more introductory residency can schedule a total of one introductory skills workshop for each of their classes with no culminating event.
  • Schools must schedule at least three workshops in a single day.
  • For all residencies, a one-time planning session fee of $100 will apply.
  • Pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Have a question or ready to schedule? Click the “Scheduling Request” button below.

Mileage Rates
Note: Double mileage calculated below to account for initial and return trips