Storytelling to Writing Residency

Type: Residency
Art Form: Storytelling
Grade Level: 3-12
Scheduling Request

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. Workshops' content and length can be modfied to meet schools' needs. 

REMOTE LEARNING ADAPATION: Full residencies available remotely online, in addition to:

Roots, Shoots, and Branches One-Session Workshop
Children of all ages can learn to tell and enjoy family stories. Using age-appropriate prompts, Lovett will work the magic of telling personal stories into a lesson plan.  Students will engage in fun activities and games to find just the right story to tell, then learn basic storytelling skills and how to scaffold a story into a tellable tale. Andrea will share mini family stories from her own life, like the time her family thought they lost their dog and the whole neighborhood turned out to search--only to find him taking an afternoon nap under the back porch. Students will have an opportunity to share their stories in breakout rooms, and as time allows, again when they return to the main room on zoom. Students will leave with a story to tell and a sense of accomplishment. Extension activities and follow up worksheets are offered pre and post workshop.

Length: 45-60 Minutes
Participant Limit: 30 Students
Curriculum Connection: 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.

Remote Stand Alone Workshop: $200

$525 for 3 workshops/day

  • For a full residency, a minimum of 3 contacts with each class culminating in a sharable project, is recommended.
  • Schools must schedule at least three workshops in a single day
  • Schools preferring a more introductory residency can schedule a total of one introductory skills workshop for each of their classes with no culminating event.
  • Planning fee will be based upon scope of residency
  • Pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Travel Fee: based upon National Standard Mileage Rate (Business)

Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts

Remote (live online)
School sets up link for remote meeting and makes the artist a co-host. Screen share must be enabled, however please turn off ‘annotation’ feature. Artist may need to sign on 20-30 minutes prior to the meeting to check sound levels. A representative from the school must be on the call and mute students as needed. Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist.

Students must have pencils or other writing utensils.
Handouts and activity sheets copied as needed for classes.

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