Storytelling workshop, slam at Sweet Tree

Feb 03, 2013
Photo by: Stuart Garfield Judith Black

Hope — Nationally acclaimed storyteller Judith Black will offer a half-day Storytelling in the Classroom workshop Saturday, Feb. 16, beginning 9 a.m., hosted by Sweet Tree Arts at the Sweetland Center, 4 Church St. That evening, Black will host Sweet Tree Arts’ kick-off event, a Story Slam, beginning 5 p.m.

Black, one of America’s foremost storytellers, retells history from new perspectives, tickles familial dysfunction and offers ironic explorations of aging. Featured on stages from the Montreal Comedy Festival to The Smithsonian Institution to the National Storytelling Festival, she is the winner of the Oracle Award, storytelling’s most coveted laurel. Cost for the teachers’ workshop is $90, and group rates are available for teachers from the same school.

The Story Slam will feature five local tellers. Andy Swift, David Lyman, Tracy Lord, Eliza Greenman and Jerry Stone each will have five minutes to share a story around the theme of opportunity; note that stories may contain adult content. The evening also includes a light dinner with cash bar and a performance by Black. Tickets are $25 online at or the Hope General Store in advance; and will be $30 at the door.

To register for the workshop or get tickets for the slam evening, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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