Educator Professional Development

Storytelling by Sara Slayton

Tuition: 1 credit (UG/GRAD)
UG course: EDS 400, sec. 730

GRAD course: EDS 500, sec. 734

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

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

Feb. 13-April 17, 2014
5-7 p.m. (Thursdays)
Pump House Regional Art Center, La Crosse, Wis..

To Register for Workshop ONLY:
Sara Slayton: 608.797.2807 or

Graduate Credit Option Available!

Deadline for credit course application is February 17, 2014. No credit registrations will be taken on-site.

Online UW-L admission application, registration and payment for credit are separate and in addition to workshop registration and payment.
Community Participant Credit Registration form and Online UW-L Admission Application Directions (3 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