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Storytelling Workshop: Spinning Straw Into Gold
Sunday, June 09, 2019, 01:00pm - 05:00pm

Centrum, Friends of Port Townsend Library, and the Quimper Storytelling Guild have collaborated to provide a series of storytelling events to engage and learn from accomplished Canadian author and storyteller Rachel Dunstan Muller. While in Port Townsend for a Centrum artist residency, Rachel will present a storytelling program "The Unexpect Guest" Friday night June 7, and lead a workshop on Sunday afternoon June 9.

In Muller's Spinning Straw into Gold workshop, participants will learn how to craft compelling stories from the raw materials of their own lives. Through discussion, exercises and guided writing, we’ll explore the architecture of great stories, from effective beginnings to satisfying endings, and the important tension in between. “Participants will leave with a completed outline, the beginning of a first draft, and the tools to write many more” states Muller. Charles Pink House is adjacent to the Port Townsend Library. The no fee, sponsored workshop is limited to 12 participants; PRE-REGISTRATION details below.

Participants will learn how to:
- identify good story material
- discuss a story’s arc
- describe the role of transformation
- create and maintain tension
- craft a compelling beginning and satisfying ending
- review and edit their own work

The class will include supportive lectures, memory exercises, discussion, guided writing and editing, and small group sharing of written work.

Workshop Requirements:
This is a 4-hour class. The venue includes sufficient table space for all participants to be able to write comfortably. A supply of writing materials, include pens, pencils, lined paper and folders will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops or other devices if they would prefer to type.

Instructor Qualifications:
Rachel Dunstan Muller is an author, professional storyteller and workshop facilitator. From Nanaimo BC, she is a frequent contributor to Vancouver Family Magazine. Rachel is touring Quebec in May 2019 as one of 30 authors, storytellers, and illustrators on behalf of the Storytellers of Canada and The Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

Rachel has been writing professionally for 20 years. Her portfolio includes four trade-published children’s novels, newspaper and magazine columns, essays, short stories and technical manuals for the forest industry. As a professional storyteller since 2010, Rachel shares original stories to audiences of all ages at schools, concerts and festivals. She is also a workshop facilitator and teaches storytelling and life story workshops. She has a BA in English and French literature from the University of Victoria.

Send an email with subject line “6/9 workshop registration” to Include your name, phone number, and email address. Upon registration of 12 individuals, a waiting list will be established. You will be notified of your status prior to the workshop.

June 7th performance:
As featured teller for First Friday StoryNight, Rachel' Muller presents"The Unexpected Guest: Tales of Unusual Hospitality” beginning at 7pm in Friends Meetinghouse, 1821 Sheridan Street. “Expect the Unexpected” shares Muller, “from the contemporary west coast to a more mythic time and place, my original stories will explore the startling things that can happen when unlikely visitors meet unusual hosts”. For more information on either event: , 360.316.9600, or

Location Port Townsend Public Library, 1220 Lawrence St, Port Townsend, WA, 98368
Event Sponsor: Quimper Storytelling Guild, Centrum, and Friends of Port Townsend Library
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Contact 360-316-9600,
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