Karen is available for in-person Taleblazers bookings during the first week of October 2023.
Half day fee: $300.00 (two sessions of 45-60 minutes each)
Full day fee: $550.00 (four sessions of 45-60 minutes each)
Maximum audience size for presentations: K-2: 50 students. Gr 3-12: 75 students
Maximum audience size for workshops: 24 students
Set up needs: Table, Stool or Comfy Chair, easel, lukewarm water in a glass.
- Canadian History: Who am I and where do I come from in this great land? The process of personal storytelling offers us a chance to discover who we are, where we come from and how we are connected.
I offer sessions that include family and historical stories linking to Alberta and Canadian History. My specialties are folktales and historical tales of the voyageurs, of cultural leaders Isabella Hardisty(Metis woman) and James Lougheed, J.J.McHugh (early surveyor and worker at supply farms in the Northwest Territories after the signing of Treaty 7 in 1877), Irene Parlby (politician and social reformer) and her peers the Famous Five, Viking explorations and mythology, family stories of Scandinavian immigrants to Canada (and eventually to Alberta) in the late 1870’s to the 1920’s.
- Folklore: The folklore, mythology and wisdom tales of northern European first peoples and of my ancestors have much to teach us.
- Creative Storytelling: I present my own created tales and some that I have illustrated. I am in the process of developing more of these into picture books.
- On the Spot Stories: I will teach strategies for inventing story in the moment as a group or as an individual
Mapping your Stories: is an important step toward shaping and developing story ideas. Students should have journals at the ready for this workshop about drawing out the creative spirit.
Karen’s sessions are in English and bits of French with poetry and verse in many other languages including Icelandic, Danish, Punjabi, Hindi, Spanish and Czech.
Check out the following YouTube links:
Ladybird Fly: https://youtu.be/29DCTE_wtss
String Magic #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drgklz3xiYw
String Magic #2: https:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhEkoym0MZI