MSA offers storytelling workshop for teens

SAXTONS RIVER — Everyone has a story to tell, and teens are no exception.

Main Street Arts is offering teens a workshop on the art of storytelling June 17 to 21 to help them create oral and written stories from their lives.

The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to noon under the leadership of Michelle Bos-Lun, a teacher of social studies and English at Okemo Mountain School who has worked for many years with youth and young adults in educational, study abroad, and social service capacities.

According to Bos-Lun, the workshop will provide a space for students to generate oral and written stories about times and people in their lives that were significant, funny, interesting, beautiful, and/or challenging.

Storytelling techniques and strategies will be presented to enable students to create and share stories in a variety of ways. Written pieces will be collected into a booklet at the end of the week.

The workshop will conclude with a final presentation, and students will have the opportunity to perform their stories at “The Great Tent Event” at MSA's Great River Theater Festival on Saturday, July 13.

Students who register for the workshop and wish to present their stories at the festival will also be able to attend a free “True Stories” workshop prior to the festival.

Bos-Lun has extensive experience working with young people in cross-cultural settings, including leading youth leadership/peace-building programs with teens from Iraq and Belarus through the World Learning summer youth programs, and with the Vermont Governor's Institute for Current Issues and Youth Activism.

She is a graduate of Beloit University and holds a master's degree in international education from the School for International Training. Born in Taiwan, she has also studied, taught, and lived in China and India.

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