I like to tell a good story. I like to hear a good story. And I particularly like working with people to help them find a story in their life they want to tell. I also work with organizations to tell the story behind statistics and data, because a story well told is powerful and can confirm a truth that deepens an audience’s understanding of an issue. In my interactive storytelling workshops I help participants craft their stories until they feel confident and excited to share them with others.
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS: --I am co-teaching a free storytelling workshop at the Madison Public Library Bubbler on January 27th from 2:00 - 3:30. Brendon Panke of Madison Storytellers is teaching the workshop too. Details here. I am teaching a four week advanced storytelling workshop through the Arts and Literature Laboratory this March. Details here. --I am teaching a four week storytelling workshop through University of Wisconsin Continuing Education in February. Detailshere.
What students have said about my storytelling workshops: "Jen Rubin makes storytelling look easy, but she knows it's not. As a teacher, she offers an easy-to-follow framework for building successful stories and generously shares the tips she's learned over the years. She also expertly helps students tease out their own stories -- even when they don't think they have anything to share -- and massage the final product. She is warm, funny and encouraging."
"Jen Rubin’s workshop provided exactly what I needed to move from writing to live storytelling. Her workshop drilled down on the important beats a storyteller must hit to tell a story that resonates with an audience. After completing the workshop, I had the confidence to tell a story at The Moth in Madison. I was moved by the incredible audience reaction I received. I’m now addicted to live storytelling, thanks to Jen’s workshop."
What organizations have said about my storytelling workshops: "Working with Jen and Takeyla during our storytelling workshops and story slam was exciting. We believe that storytelling is a fundamental piece in the sustainability movement and Jen helped us move that vision to a more concrete reality. Her workshops were well thought out and engaging. Our participants felt they had more tools to tell their stories. It is great to see how the art of storytelling is becoming a great tool for social and environmental change and I’m excited to see Jen as part of that movement.” Gloria Castillo, Sustain Dane
"Jen's been fun and knowledgeable facilitator to collaborate with on story telling workshops. She has an approachable way to explain the story telling process and teach the mechanics to writers and wrote tellers of all levels of experience. Working with her I've learned some creative ways to apply story telling and editing to workshops to help others bring out the best in their stories." Takeyla Benton, We Write Too