Educator Professional Development

Storytelling for Adults by Sara Slayton


February 12-April 16, 2015
5-7 p.m. (Thursdays)
Morris Hall, UW-La Crosse, La Crosse, Wis.

Tuition: 1 credit (UG/GRAD)
UG course: EDS 400, sec. 700
GRAD course: EDS 500, sec. 700

Picture of Sara Slayton.The art and craft of storytelling can improve your communication, teaching and team-building skills.

  • Do you want to share family stories with your children or grandchildren?
  • Do you want to improve your speaking, teaching, acting skills?
  • Do you want to enliven your presentations and speeches?

Then this course is for you!

Storytelling is the oldest, and one of the most effective communication skills used in any profession; from business, to education, to medicine, law, and social services. Learn the ways in which stories reach your audience at a deeper level and in a more meaningful way than lecture or standard presentation methods, and how storytelling is being applied in varied settings. Course content is driven by the interests of the enrolled students. Whether you wish to improve your teaching, speaking, counseling, preaching, therapy, client representation skills, or if you wish to share your history with family members in an interesting way, this class is for you.

This course is designed to assist students in the development of storytelling skills for application in a variety of settings. Master storyteller, Sara Slayton, will lead participants through an analysis of effective oral presentation skills and supervised practice of varied storytelling techniques. A wide variety of story types and telling practices will be demonstrated for and used by students.

Who should attend?

  • Educators
  • Clergy and Lay leaders
  • Librarians
  • Therapists and Counselors
  • Prevention and Health Educators
  • Attorneys
  • Speakers from any field
  • Parents and Grandparents
  • Anyone interested in the art and application of storytelling

Sara Slayton is a master storyteller and a retired educator. She performs in a variety of venues to audiences of all ages and interests. Sara has been teaching the Storytelling course for 20 years. She is the co-founder of the Bluff Country Tale Spinners storytelling guild, the chair of the La Crosse Storytelling Festival, and the Wisconsin State Liaison to the National Storytelling Network. She is well known for her warm and knowledgeable approach.

Wis. Teacher's Standards: 2, 3, 4 and 6

To Register for Workshop ONLY:
Non-credit option: $125 total for 10 sessions.
Sara Slayton: 608.797.2807 or

Credit Option Available!

Deadline for credit course application is February 12, 2015.

Community Participant Credit Registration form and Online UW-L Admission Application Directions (4 page PDF)

For CREDIT Information:
UW-La Crosse students interested in taking this credit course must contact Briana Meuer at 608.785.6513, toll-free 866.895.9233, Ext 3 or