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


“I found my story and I found my voice through Portland Story Theater.” Lynn Fitch

“The workshop process was amazing and a safe environment to be myself and work through the vulnerable parts of my story.” Jim Fairchild

“This whole process was a true gift for me that culminated in an on-stage experience that surpassed all my expectations.” Lena Moon

“I cannot thank Lynne and Lawrence enough for their expertise and heartfelt caring that allowed me find my voice and speak with my heart.” Jan Kats

Taste of Storytelling

Next Session:
Saturday, April 28, 2018

2-hour Commitment
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Session Sold Out

$40 Registration

If you just want to see if storytelling is your thing, take this lively workshop, Taste of Storytelling. 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.
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Weekend Classes
Offered Quarterly
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Saturday, April 28, 2018

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Storytelling Bootcamp

Next Session:
Saturday, May 12, 2018

One-Day Commitment
10:30 am – 6:00 pm with lunch break
All Sessions Sold Out

$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
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One-Day Classes
Offered Quarterly
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Saturday, May 12, 2018

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Art of Personal Narrative

Five-Week Commitment
Offered Monthly
All 2017-2018 Sessions Sold Out

(Check prerequisites)
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. 
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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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