Thursday, February 6
7 – 9 pm
The Lantern, 35 Barnes Rd. (cafeteria space)

Calling storytellers of all ages and stages! Whether you’re an emerging teller or a seasoned performer, come share a lick of a tune or a tale with your contemporaries. This event is designed for storytellers to workshop material, ask questions, chat about techniques, share advice, and have a laugh along the way. Bring your instruments and anything you might be working on!

We adore our audiences, but this one is for tellers only!


Dates: 5 Wednesdays, March 4 – April 1
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Location: Cochrane Centre, 42 Bannerman St. – limited parking available
Cost: $125.00

Entrance to the workshop space off Bannerman St.

Entrance to the workshop space off Bannerman St.

To register please e-mail storytellingstjohns@gmail.com
Payments can be sent via e-transfer to storytellingstjohns@gmail.com, cheques to the St. John’s Storytelling Festival, PO Box 23084 Churchill Square, St. John’s, NL, A1B4J9.


People are natural storytellers.  We tell stories around kitchen tables, at parties, in the workplace and at countless other gatherings. Have you ever wanted to tell a story in a more formal setting or improve your telling skills but just didn’t know how to go about it?

An introduction to the art of Newfoundland and Labrador storytelling may be just what you need.  Through instruction and a series of practical exercises you will be introduced to the basics of how to select, learn and perform stories such as tall tales, folktales, ghost stories and the famous ‘Jack’ tales. Up for writing your own? Some of these classic techniques will help you understand what makes a great story and support you in crafting tales of your own.

Our Intro class will culminate on Wednesday, April 8th at our monthly Story Circle, where students who are up for it can share some of what they’ve learned or worked on in front of a warm and generous audience. Stories and recitations will be no longer than ten minutes, and we guarantee that you will have lots of fun and lots of encouragement!


GARY GREEN is a storyteller and author who has performed both inside and outside the province for a variety of groups ranging from youth camps to international conferences.   Among the groups for which he has performed are the Gros Morne Fall Fest, Cape St. Mary’s Performance Series, Battle Harbour Historic Trust, Canadian National Storytelling Conference, Admiralty House Museum, Labrador Creative Arts Festival, St. John’s Folk Festival and Trails, Tales and Tunes. Gary has performed on television as part of the series “Legends and Lore of the North Atlantic” and on several radio stations. He has performed in the international award winning productions “Inside Outside Battery” and “Foghorns and Heartbreak”.  Gary has been a consultant for the use of storytelling in the interpretation of the Battle Harbour National Historic Site, the Point Amour Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site and is very active in developing and delivering a story-based interpretation of The Crow’s Nest Officers’ Club National Historic Site.  He has been a board member of the St. John’s Storytelling Festival, and a founding board member of the Soundbone Traditional Arts Foundation. Gary teaches storytelling at the annual Vinland Music Camp.

We are thrilled to be partnering with the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador and the St. John’s Farmer’s Market to host Senior’s Memory Mug Ups!

When: the second Sunday of each month, 2 – 3 pm
Where: the St. John’s Farmer’s Market, 245 Freshwater Rd.

What are your fondest childhood memories? Which local shop did you frequent? Do you remember the best hill for sliding? We want to know!

The Seniors Memory Mug Up at The Market is a free and informal story sharing session for seniors, where people gather, have a cup of tea, and share memories. Seniors bring a memory of growing up, organizers in partnership with vendors at the St. John’s Farmers’ Market supply the tea and healthy local food, and everyone has a chat. Following the sessions, those who are interested can set up a time to have their stories recorded and archived by one of our story collectors. These stories will be edited into a booklet, which will be launched during the final storytelling session in March 2020.

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