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

Programs & Workshops

Besides her author talks, Judy teaches storytelling, creative writing, and creative dramatic classes and workshops at a variety of venues. She conducts her programs at schools, libraries, conferences, and wherever she is invited. Participants appreciate her informal, enthusiastic style, with maximum group interaction as she shares her knowledge.

NEW Workshops!

I'm presenting five different unrelated workshops for adults designed to stimulate the mind and help with creativity. Workshops will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, beginning April 19th (4/19, 5/17, 6/21, 7/19, and 8/16) in the Bill Simpson Room (2nd floor) of Martin Library.

Each workshop will run 1.5 hours - from 6:30pm - 8:00pm with breaks.

A fee of $10 per class, or $40 for the series is requested.

Registration required - call 717-849-6926

Workshop Titles:

4/19 - Give Life to the Story You Tell - discover techniques and strategies for storytelling.

5/17 - Get Your Creative Juices Flowing - many activities that will activate your mind and help you create a story.

6/21 - Create Your Own Story As a Memoir - draw upon your life and develop your personal story to hand down to family members as a legacy.

7/19 - Put Drama in the Story You Read Out Aloud - whether reading to a child or adult, make the words count providing imagery to the listener.

8/16 - Create a Script for Production - from a short story (provided), learn how to create dialogue and turn the story into a play.

1. STORYTELLING

A program that features age appropriate stories (myths, legends, folktales, etc.) interspersed with the various techniques and strategies of telling a story. A brief background of storytelling is included, as well as the awareness that storytelling, like music and dance, is an art form.

2. IT'S ALL IN THE TELLING

Participants will learn how to find a story to tell, embellish and make adaptations, work it with storytelling techniques, and finally tell the story. An excellent workshop for teachers, lawyers, salespersons, speakers,presenters, or anyone involved in communicating with others.

3. TECHNIQUES AND STRATEGIES OF READING ALOUD

Following a brief rationale of the importance of reading aloud, a variety of techniques are demonstrated. Included in this session are subtle educational aspects of reading aloud - how to sequence a story, appropriate questioning techniques, global thinking and reasoning, logic, etc. If this is presented for parents or teachers, hands-on activities are included to allow them to practice these strategies.

4. FROM BOOK TO STORY

How to analyze a story, extract it from the book, embellish and work it into a story that can be told is emphasized. Techniques of storytelling are incorporated.

5. FROM IDEA TO BOOK

Follow the journey from idea, to writing to seeking publication. Includes the initial query and proposal, agreements, editorial process up to the final product - the book ("Life on a Pig Farm.") A question/answer period is held at the end for those interested in writing. Good for all ages, including adults.

6. GET THE CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING

Through a variety of hands-on activities, participants will experience how to create their own stories. A group story will be created, embellished and told before it is ready for the written form. Storytelling techniques are included.

7. TEACHING THROUGH STORYTELLING

Teachers will learn how to construct a story using the facts, concepts and values they wish to teach. Using story as a discipline tool is included.

8. READERS THEATRE

ANOTHER APPROACH TO READING - Students and teachers will see how easy it is to analyze and script a story for reading, instead of using a book. Besides developing analytical and writing skills, children learn to read more expressively. Readers theatre can also be used as an activity for the family, any organization or youth program, theatrical program, tutoring program, or presentation in a talent show.

9. I CAN BE ANYTHING

Using a variety of activities, participants will learn to develop characters through the use of body movement, facial expressions and effective use of voice. Creative dramatics can be an effective tool for teaching on all grade levels.

10. USING NEWSPAPERS IN THE CLASSROOM

For all grade levels (K thru 12), the newspaper can be used as a single tool to teach all of the disciplines in education. A variety of hands-on activities are incorporated. An excellent workshop for students and teachers.

11. TEACHING STRATEGIES

Based on research data, this workshop provides 15 teaching strategies that are effective for ALL children, helps increase learning and test scores, decreases discipline problems and reduces teacher burn-out. This workshop includes lecture, demonstrations and activities, and is excellent for all teachers and student teachers.

12. FINDING YOUR OWN STORY MEMOIRS

Through several methods, adults can bring their memories to the surface, then construct them into personal stories that can be told to others. An excellent workshop for those interested in preserving family history.

13. START WRITING - NOW!

An introduction to writing, which includes where to find ideas, how to make each word count, creating characters, dialogue, description, and plot development. Participants will be actively involved in the writing process.

14. WHAT YOU CAN WRITE FOR CHILDREN

An overview of the children's market from board books to magazine articles and everything in between. Explanations of the genres, formats, and recommended ages are discussed in depth.

15. FOR TEENS ONLY

Basic information is provided in this workshop for students 13 -18 who have interest in writing. Students create a written piece, which is read and crtiqued by the group.

16. WRITE A PLAY

Because of the surge in schools using Readers Theatre, Judy has presented many workshops on scripting and play writing.

17. PUBLIC SPEAKING

Judy presents classes and workshops for individuals who are called upon to speak before a group. After providing the essentials of speaking publically, specific techniques are developed. At the conclusion, each member of the class presents an impromptu speech, using the techniques learned. They are critiqued by the other members of the group.

18. CRITIQUE SERVICES

People interested in writing present their manuscripts to Judy, which she reads and critiques with suggestions for improvement. Thus far, five books and several magazine articles and short stories have been published as a result of Judy's assistance.

If you're interested in having me look at your work, send no more than the first 5 pages via email - judy.wolfman1@gmail.com.. I'll read them and send you my thoughts and basic suggestions at no charge. If you decide to accept my suggestions and do a rewrite that you want me to read and, do a line critique, we'll then talk about a future fee. I charge by the page read (anywhere from $2.00 - $3.50 per page), and NOT by the hours worked. After I've read your work, I'll send you a detailed report with suggestions for improvement, and will also note all the good things.

19. PLAYING THE PUBLISHING GAME

After writing, comes publishing! Authors develop self-critiquing skills to make sure the manuscript is perfect and ready for submission. Participants will create a synopsis, query letter, and cover letter, followed by an overview of the publishing process. Finally, if the manuscript is accepted, the author learns how to promote and publicize the work. This class usually takes two or three sessions.