This series, designed for educators working with children ages 3-8, explores the theory and practice of Story Workshop - a playful approach to literacy that prioritizes opportunities for making meaning, sharing stories, play, and the arts.

Using a combination of active discussion, reflection, images, and video, participants will:
  • Deepen their practical understanding of the ways humans use story to navigate experience and the importance of story to learning
  • Extend their commitment to the role of documentation to strengthen the relationship between practice and theory
  • Explore the power and influence of environment and materials to create conditions for making meaning and community building
  • Embrace the critical role of play and the arts to early literacy development
  • Design action plans to grow a practice of Story Workshop in their own setting
Required text:
Story Workshop:New Possibilities for Young Writers by Susan Harris MacKay (Heinemann, 2021)
Anticipated Section Focuses:
Day 1:Preparing for Story Workshop
What are the relationships between play, literacy, and the arts? We’ll discuss the nature and nutritional value of story in the development of healthy human beings. We’ll also consider the power of the aesthetic quality of an environment to promote a mindset conducive to learning, relationship, and creativity.
Day 2:Getting Started
How is Story Workshop organized? What practices make a successful story workshop? We’ll explore the geography of Story Workshop and consider what supports the kind of compass necessary for navigating the terrain. We’ll observe Story Workshop in session through video documentation.
Day 3:Story Creation
How can we create entry points for writing that support all writers to feel confident and motivated to invent their stories? We’ll build shared understanding of the kinds of tools, strategies, materials, and adult facilitation that encourage children to engage in story creation.
Day 4:Story Sharing
How can we establish a classroom community of beginning writers where equity, empathy, and compassion are part of the process and vital by-products of writing? We’ll reflect on the reasons that sharing stories has the potential to build strong classroom communities and share strategies for supporting groups of children to listen, respond, and find themselves in relation to and solidarity with others.
Susan Harris MacKay is the co-founder/director of the Center for Playful Inquiry, offering mentorship, consulting, and coaching in emergent design for a more courageous, creative, and compassionate future. As the co-host of Story Workshop Studio, an international community of educators, she facilitates experiences that support beauty and justice in the classroom. She is the author of Story Workshop:New Possibilities for Young Writers (Heinemann, 2021).
Matt Karlsen dedicates his efforts to helping educational professionals reimagine how they might partner with children and colleagues to construct more just and beautiful worlds. For three decades, he has worked as a classroom teacher and provider of professional development - including a transformative period at Opal School. Now, he leads the Center for Playful Inquiry with his friend and colleague Susan Harris MacKay, offering courses, presentations, partnerships, and the Story Workshop Studio community of mutual mentorship.

29th October & 5th, 12th, 19th November 2022

Each Session is for 2 Hours

29th October & 5th November 2022
India 5:30 am | Hong Kong 8:00 am | Melbourne 11:00 am
Corresponds to 28th October & 4th November 2022 at San Francisco 5.00 pm | New York 8.00 pm

12th & 19th November 2022
India 6:30 am | Hong Kong 9:00 am | Melbourne 12:00 pm
Corresponds to 11th & 18th November at San Francisco 5.00 pm | New York 8.00 pm

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USD 400 Per Participant
USD 375 Per Participant for a Group of 8
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 10 Professional Development hours.
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