You wanted to know about the November 14th workshop, Developing Stories

Developing Stories for Telling with Bob Tadman

What this workshop is about?

In this workshop, we will explore together ways in which we can effectively develop stories for telling. In the true spirit of “workshoping,” our learning will be highly interactive and “hands on”. Some of the learning goals will include:

  • Choosing the “right” story ~ or, stories that choose you!
  • Plugging in to the power of your story ~ understanding a Story’s Flux Capacitor
  • Tools for the Teller ~ Structure, conventions and common senses

What do you need to bring?

Participants will need to bring their inner child, passion, curiosity, questions and invaluable experience.


To register for the workshop:

Cost is $40 in advance ($45 at the door). Space is limited so please
register early with Derek. Payment appreciated by November 3rd

Contact Derek Brisland, with ‘Workshop’ in the subject line:, and let him know you want to participate. Then mail your cheque (to “Baden Storytellers’ Guild”) to:

Baden Storytellers’ Guild,
c/o Derek Brisland,
167 Golflinks Drive,
Baden, ON N3A 3N8

Baden Storytellers present Bob Tadman for a workshop: Developing Stories


Developing Stories” with Bob Tadman
Bob Tadman has been a storyteller for over forty years. He has provided workshops and courses for tellers at all ages and experience, including York University’s The Art of Storytelling. Bob has a wide repertoire of Folk Stories, Legends, Biblical Stories and Tall Tales, but he especially loves sharing Experience Stories for the way they ignite storytelling in others. A retired teacher and principal, Bob is passionate about creating connections and community through storytelling.
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 9 a.m. – 12 noon
At: The Button Factory, 25 Regina St. South, Waterloo, Ontario.

To register, email Derek Brisland at

Payment: $40 by cheque before Nov 3rd made out to Baden Storytellers Guild, $45 at the door. Space is limited so act soon if you want to participate in this workshop.

Mail cheques to Baden Storytellers Guild,

c/o Derek Brisland,

167 Golflinks Drive, Baden, Ontario N3A 3N8

World Storytelling Day Pictures 2014

Pictures from our concert in March. Many thanks to Celia Lottridge, this year’s StorySave honored teller.

Gail Fricker Workshop

This February, the guild hosted a workshop by Gail Fricker.

The workshop was attended by 15 people. Gail took the participants through the subject of telling a story in the first person and how to use gesture in such a telling. We discussed the line between telling a story and a theater performance.

We also discussed and Gail demonstrated the judicious use of props and costume.

Participants worked in groups in pairs on stories narrated in the first person and then gave feedback to each other on the use of gesture and voice.

It was an enjoyable and successful morning.

We were joined by Betty Bennett and Angelica Ottewill from the Peterborough storytellers.

Thanks to Ann Busby who took registrations and Mary who organized the refreshments.

Derek Brisland Co-Chair.

Article in the New York Post — The Family Stories that Bind Us

Bruce Feiler shares the importance of children knowing stories about their family. This is something we’ve touched on in guild many times. Several of our members work with families and communities to help them learn the value of their family stories, practice sharing them, create stories for the future, and be aware of stories as they happen.