Workshop Offerings

Learn to trust the story and speak extemporaneously from the heart.
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Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy of Portland Story Theater offer three different storytelling workshops so that you can learn to express yourself with this amazing art form. In our workshops, we teach intentional storytelling where you’ll learn how to tell stories improvisationally by being resourceful and using the power of spontaneity. Our approach teaches you to trust the story and speak extemporaneously from the heart.

“I found my story and I found my voice through Portland Story Theater. The workshop process was amazing and a safe environment to be myself and work through the vulnerable parts of my story. Lynne and Lawrence were masterful in how they brought out the best in not only my story but in me. I loved meeting in their living room and getting to know my fellow story tellers who are such amazing people. This whole process was a true gift for me that culminated in an on-stage experience that surpassed all my expectations. I cannot thank Lynne and Lawrence enough for their expertise and heartfelt caring that allowed me find my voice and speak with my heart.”
Jim Fairchild, workshop participant

We offer three different workshops to fit your level of interest and your schedule.

Please call 503-284-2226 before registering if you:

  • require a disability accommodation.
  • are interested in bringing a workshop to your business, school, nonprofit. (We have group rates)
  • have any questions or need additional information.
  • Note that pricing shown is for public events at Portland Story Theater. There are additional costs for on-site corporate workshops.

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    Storytelling Starter

    2-hour Commitment
    Evening and Weekend classes
    Offered Quarterly
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    $40 Registration

    If you just want to see if storytelling is your thing, take this lively workshop, Storytelling Starter. Fast-paced and fun, you’ll have a chance to discover your inner storytelleller! No pressure. No performance. Group rates also available for nonprofits and businesses. Read More

    One-Day Storytelling Bootcamp

    Next Session:
    Saturday, June 10th
    One-Day Commitment
    10:30 am – 6:00 pm with lunch break
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    $150 Registration

    Maybe our one-day Storytelling Bootcamp fits your level of interest in personal narrative, and more importantly, your busy schedule. No pressure to perform. Everyone welcome, no experience necessary. Includes individual time with the instructors Read More

    Art of Personal Narrative

    Five-Week Commitment
    Offered Monthly
    Adults 18+ Only
    7 Sessions 7:00 pm -10:30 pm
    Limited to 6 participants

    $250 Registration

    Make sure that you meet the prerequisites and then call 503-284-2226 for registration information.

    If you’re ready for a creative challenge and have been thinking that you’d really like to explore storytelling in depth, the 7-session Art of Personal Narrative is the perfect opportunity to discover, craft, and tell your story to a live audience.

    This workshop is offered in September, October, November, January, February, March, April and May. Look at the schedule for specific dates, find out what to expect and whether you meet the prerequisites for this one. Read More.