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WORKSHOP: Telling for School-aged children with Jennifer Cayley

March 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm



Telling the Old Stories for School-aged Children

Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Location: Cochrane Centre community room, entrance at 42 Bannerman St.





Cost: $25 (cash at the door or e-transfer)

Please register in advance by e-mailing storytellingstjohns@gmail.com !


We are thrilled to be welcoming Jennifer Cayley, who is here to launch her late partner Jan Andrews book To See The Stars with Running the Goat Books & Broadsides. While in St. John’s, Jennifer will be conducting a workshop and performing a show for all ages at the AC Hunter Children’s Library (see Events for more details). It is an honour and a delight to be able to take advantage of her storytelling expertise in this workshop!


Often when people begin telling, especially in the context of story swaps of one kind or another, their audiences are adults. Sometimes moving out to tell to young audiences can feel a bit scary. Even if you are not someone who is nervous about the “riot factor” in telling to children, you may want to hone your telling skills and just spend some time thinking about the contexts in which you tell.

We will explore the hows and whys of telling stories, especially the traditional ones, to school aged children in these digital times. We’ll examine what the differences between telling to adults and children might or might not be. The workshop will combine discussion with creative exercises and a deep dive into a few tales; a dive that will help you reach your young audiences with maximum impact.



Jennifer Cayley has been telling stories professionally across Canada and beyond, for more than a quarter century. Her repertoire includes traditional, epic, literary, historical and personal material. Jennifer believes passionately that stories, especially the old stories, are important to all of us as we struggle to understand the shape and meaning of our lives. She has also been an award winning arts advocate and administrator, working primarily with arts education and storytelling.

A big THANK YOU to Running the Goat Books and Broadsides for bringing Jennifer here to share the magic of her stories with us!


March 2
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


St. John’s Storytelling Festival