Pre-Conference Workshop C: The Why and How of Live Storytelling

Pre-Conference Workshop


Jamie Beth Cohen, the 2021 “Best Storyteller in Lancaster,” will lead this pre-conference workshop on the “why” and “how” of Live Storytelling. We will talk about why we tell stories, look at a handful of performances, explore what works and what doesn't on stage—and how that can be different than what works on the page—and share some stories with each other (though sharing is not required). If you are planning to participate in the HippoCamp Story Slam, this workshop will be invaluable, but it will also help with any author events or speaking engagements you may be doing in the future or want to do in the future! Jamie has experience working with novice storytellers as well as more experienced performers and is proud of her work preparing survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault to share their stories for the first time.

Key takeaways from this session:

  • learn the fundamentals of live storytelling
  • understand why what works in essay writing doesn't always work in live storytelling and vice versa
  • how storytelling can help your essay writing

Note: Pre-conference workshops require additional registration. Workshops are Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include a refreshment break. Price $45.00

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  • Jamie Beth Cohen

    Jamie Beth Cohen is a writer, storyteller, and podcaster who grew up in Pittsburgh and lives in south central PA. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, HuffPost, Salon, Teen Vogue, and several other outlets. She is the author of WASTED PRETTY and LIMINAL SUMMER (The Alice Burton...