Published Author, Professional Storyteller & Writer, and Educator
Published Author, Professional Storyteller & Writer, and Educator
Published Author, Professional Storyteller & Writer, and Educator

Articles

Adapting a Story to Tell

You've found a story you'd love to tell, but you think it's too long, or not quite right for the audience you have in mind. Rather than tossing the story aside and forgetting it, adapt it to meet your needs...
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Combining Storytelling and Writing

Click! The proverbial light bulb flashed over my head, as I read aloud the story I was currently working on...
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Critique Service

I belong to a critique group, and without their insights, I probably never would have been published. The more I write and critique the work of others, the more I know what to look for...
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Find a "Good" Publisher

Once upon a time, if a publisher liked what you wrote and agreed to publish it, the editor would work with you to refine your story or article. Editor and author worked as a team! Unfortunately, that is no longer the way it is...
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Find Your Hidden Memories

Lately, I've presented workshops to senior citizens who want to write their memoirs as a legacy for their children, grandchildren, and other family members. Trying to dig into ones past is not easy, but with a few prompts, it becomes fun...
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How to Save Your Voice

It's your turn to tell a story. You open your mouth, but nothing comes out! How could that have happened? Last night at the basketball game, your voice was loud and clear as you cheered your team to victory. And now - soundless air, or at best, a hoarse bellow, escapes from your mouth. How can you possibly tell a story without a voice?
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Playing the Publishing Game

If you are writing a book, or perhaps already written one, you wonder, "Now what? Where do I go from here?" The obvious answer is you seek publication, and that is harder than one might think. Several pre-publication steps are listed here...
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Public Speaking

Storytellers and authors and often called upon to speak before a group to tell about their craft and journey. But in spite of being in the public eye, not all of them are comfortable with speaking before a crowd!
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Readers' Theatre Troupe

In 2013, several of my stage friends were at a reception, lamenting over how difficult it is to memorize lines, remember blocking, and attend numerous rehearsals and performances. And we all missed being on stage!
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Reading Aloud is More Than Just Reading Words

Whether you're reading a story out loud that you or someone else wrote, there are certain elements you need to keep in mind. First, you may wonder why you need to read out aloud at all!
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Script Writing

There are times when writing a full novel or book can be difficult, yet the story is there and the characters "speak" to you. That's when you might want to consider writing a play or a readers' theatre script...
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Storytelling vs. Writing

Since I am both a storyteller and a writer, many of my friends think it's easy for me to create, tell and write a story, thus making it easier to get published. Sorry, it's not quite that easy.
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The Right Story for You to Write

Many adults in my writing classes come because they have a strong desire to write, but they haven't a clue as to what to write, or where to find ideas for stories...
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Tips for Creative Writing

Do you want to write, but don't know quite how or what to do? Here are some approaches to creative writing that might be of help...
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Tips for Storytelling

When you stop to think about it, everyone is a storyteller. Every time you open your mouth to tell someone about a book you read, movie you saw, something you did or witnessed - you're telling a story. But storytelling is more than just saying words - it's the way you say the words that counts...
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Using Readers' Theatre as a Teaching Tool

Teaching students how to read is a given in today's curriculum, but too often they sound out the words and read in a stilted fashion. Teachers frequently remind the student to "Read with expression," but this does little or no good most of the time.
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What To Do When Your Mind Goes Blank

Picture this: you've practiced your story hundreds of times and know it backwards and forwards. You know exactly what you want to say and how you want to say it. You know what facial expressions and body movements you want to use. You are ready to tell your story to an audience...
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What You Can Write for Children

"I can't write a book, but I want to write for children. What else is there?" This is a question I often get, and one that perhaps you ask yourself...
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