Storytelling

Performing Artist, Adjunct Professor, Speaker

Program Director for the Timpanogos Storytelling Conference


Featured Programs for the 2016-17 School Year:

Click on image for the complete 2016-17 Storytelling Proposal

Click on image for the complete 2016-17 Storytelling Proposal

 
Click on image for the complete 2016-17 Storytelling Proposal

Click on image for the complete 2016-17 Storytelling Proposal

 
Click on image for the complete 2016-17 School Proposal

Click on image for the complete 2016-17 School Proposal

Other Featured Programs:

 
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Click on image to watch a clip of the program

 

Start with Story

Start with Story is an assembly that takes a positive approach to some pretty heavy topics. At the heart of most of our community’s problems lies the issue of social isolation. Through stories and audience participation, students will learn everyone has a story and every story has many sides. The more we look for and understand each other’s stories, the more we can create strong and healthy communities. 

Audience: K-6 Grades, Family   

Length: 30-40 minutes

Recommended for:

  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Assemblies on bullying, drug prevention or violence
  • Character Education on community or listening
  • Library Programs

This program is designed to compliment the Sandy Hook Promise program Start with Hello. Free materials and training are available at:     www.sandyhookpromise.org

Click on logo to visit Sandy Hook Promise

Click on logo to visit Sandy Hook Promise

The Storytelling Lab

Growing up with a chemist father, Wendy had a real science lab in her garage, where synthetic crystals were grown in volcano-like furnaces. Complete with lab coat, goggles and a couple of science demonstrations, Wendy will apply the metaphor to help your students learn how to grow stories. Using stories and interactive story “experiments,” Wendy will include the students in exploring how to align the atom-building blocks of good storytelling into a perfect, crystalized story.

Audience: K-6 Grades, Family

Length: 30-45 min, depending on age of audience

Recommended for:

  • Kick-off assembly for school’s Storytelling Festival or Literacy Week
  • Classroom storytelling or writing residency
  • Library programs
  • A writing version is available: The Story Lab. Recommended for secondary schools and adult writing groups. The lab is sans the lab coat, experiments and performative elements. See Workshops below.
 

Story Dance

Story Dance is alive with interactive, musical storytelling. Join in the dance as we celebrate movement, joy and the power of cooperation!

Audience: K-6 Grades, Family    

Length: 30-40 minutes, depending on age of audience

Recommended for:  

  • Kick-off assembly for school Storytelling Festival
  • Literacy Week
  • Health/movement assembly
  • Character Education on cooperation or community
  • Library programs
 

Tidbits: Small Stories for Small Heroes

You don’t have to be big to be big hearted and courageous. Small heroes and small actions are all that’s needed to conquer the day. The power lies in each of us. Through stories and audience participation, Wendy celebrates being small!

Audience: Family, Pre-school - 2nd grade

Length: 30 min

Recommended for:

  • Preschool/Elementary school character education on courage, community, or cooperation
  • Library programs
 

Drum Talk Tales

Performed with musician George Grant

Audience: Family, Elementary School

Length: 50 minutes

Drum Talk Tales is a collection of rhythmic stories from all over the world. Join musician George Grant and storyteller Wendy Gourley as they drum, sing, tell and dance their way across the globe. Get ready to jump in as this dynamic family concert is too much fun to just sit and watch. 

 

The People Could Fly:                                                        The 1963 Birmingham Children's March

Audience: Adults, Jr. and Sr. High School

Length: 60 minutes

Topics: Civil Rights, Empowerment, Nonviolence, Black History Month

The stories of black youth from Birmingham, Alabama who witnessed and participated in the events of the Civil Rights era. As the movement was becoming stalled, could Dr. King really call upon the children to lead the march? 


Timpanogos Storytelling Institute:

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Click on image to go to website

 

Timpanogos Storytelling Institute produces one of the world's largest storytelling festivals the second weekend in September in Orem, Utah. They also provide additional storytelling advocacy and training through a conference, residencies, and outreach programs.