Storytelling Foundations Training

ABOVE: Jenni with participants of her ‘Stories for a More Beautiful World’ workshop at the Byron Writer’s Festival.

Storytelling Foundations Training

Do you want to learn how to tell a soulful story? In this series of trainings, you will learn principles which apply to both traditional wonder tales and personal stories, including Moth-like five minute slam tales.


Five to six x two hour online sessions.


Week 1: Choosing a Story or invoking a story to tell or weave- finding the bones. The difference between written and oral tales.

Week 2: Honing an original story, reweaving a folk tale or braiding a folk tale with a true story- – adding flesh to the bones. Entering the story deeply and listening – massaging the flesh of the tale.

Week 3: How will you tell it? Developing your delivery style for this story, considering opening, closing, props, ritual elements, structure, vocal expression, gesture and pace- bringing the tale to life.

Week 4 & 5: Crafting, rehearsing and polishing a story to tell – developing your voice, generosity and confidence as a teller.

Week 6: Sharing our tales, feedback and discussion.



You may be an educator, parent, grandparent, community worker, creative or anyone wanting to learn how to craft and tell an oral story in an engaging.

Jenni Cargill-Strong’s teaching style is supportive, participative and fun. She gently supports and encourages everyone to work at their own pace in their own way. She has taught storytelling to people from a wide range of professions and backgrounds for the last twenty years. We will work in pairs, small groups, alone and in the larger group.

About Jenni as Trainer

An ancient Scottish traveller proverb says, ‘A story should be told eye to eye, mind to mind, heart to heart.’ This is the way Jenni learnt to tell stories, engaging listeners with a warm, expressive style. If you want to learn how to tell in this way, from an Australian storyteller, who is a passionate enchantivist, then you will resonate with Jenni as your story guide and facilitator. Jenni has been an invited presenter and workshop leader at Woodford Folk Festival, the Byron Writer’s Festival, The Australian Fairytale Conference, as well as online storytelling gatherings and conferences in the US, including NSN’s ‘Earth Up’. She is a sessional academic at Southern Cross University, teaching storytelling for the classroom to pre-service teachers in the Storylines Unit 

*Travellers are Scottish gypsies. Quote attributed to Stanley Robertson, North-East Traveller & Storyteller.

***If you would like to organise a face to face group in or nearish to Brisbane~Meanjin, let Jenni know via email.

Armidale Steiner Waldorf parents storytelling wkshop
Story wkshop Sydney Botanic Gardens
Nimbin Personal Storytelling workshop
The balance of physical, educational, psychological and spiritual storytelling exercises was very well delivered. The way you moved through them was excellent- drawing on your educational, performance and storytelling knowledge. I enjoyed hearing other people’s stories. Superb. Thank you very much. 


Johnathan Carter

Personal story workshop participant, Nimbin

Thanks Jenni, it was great. I woke up still digesting everything on Sunday morning, a very good sign that the learning was deep and important. It was great to reconnect with the storytelling world that I only dipped briefly into on that trip in India… have been waiting for a way back in and this was great. Thanks again!



I thought you gave a great workshop. You created a supportive, well held, intimate setting for the storytelling practice. I got a lot more than I expected I would.
Chris Hudson

Carpenter, Kyogle

You were very good at making it feel like a safe place to share my story, which has some trauma in it. Liked the way you had exercises for beginners, as well as people who had a story that was nearly finished. Loved the icebreakers. I don’t like drawing much, but I really found the mapping process helpful. It strengthened my sense of the story. Loved that everything was an invitation.



I highly recommend Jenni Cargill-Strong for her experience as an engaging storyteller, for her skill at facilitating workshops, and for her eye on successful outcomes.
Joe Vandermeer

Director, The Swedenborg Centre, Swedenborg Association of Australia

Again, thank you for holding the space for the workshop. I enjoyed it very much and the experiences were new, fun, integrating and I learned practical ways to move forward with writing. The connections made in the break-outs felt very collaborative, and witnessing the beauty of each person was deeply nourishing. Precious time together. I really like what you are doing, the passion, commitment, and style you bring to it. The workshop was excellent value, and your presence was so strong, loving, compassionate and caring. And the range of books – wow. Thank you, dear sister.  


You led the workshop with consummate artistry and skill. I greatly enjoyed myself… You were very spontaneous and went with what the group wanted. I also loved playing ‘Mr Wolf’, which I haven’t played since I was six years old! 
Anne Di Lauro

President, Qld Jung Society

Jenni has worked on the unit EDU00355 Storytelling since 2010 and her contributions to this unit have been outstanding. The students have engaged with the unit inspired by Jenni’s passion and knowledge. Jenni has been involved in the writing of material for the unit as well as creating videos to scaffold students’ learning. Jenni has marked the assignments and given positive and informative feedback that has supported students’ learning. Her professionalism is evident in all aspects of her work at SCU.
Rebecca Deagan

Unit Assessor, School of Education, Southern Cross University