Program of teens’ stories focus of new book

Times Union, Albany, NY   May 24, 2019

Since 2006, Children at the Well (C@W ) has brought teens from the Capital Region of New York State together to share their stories. Now the group has published a book so other educators and organizations can incorporate storytelling into their worlds using the C@W method.

Paula Weiss holds the book she edited all on the art and methods of in-person storytelling, titled “Our Stories Connect” at her home on Friday, May 17, 2019 in Cohoes, N.Y. (Lori Van Buren/Times Union)

“Our Stories Connect: Creating Youth Storytelling Programs to Raise Confident, Compassionate, and Capable Leaders,” edited by the program’s director, Paula Weiss, includes essays by key players and coaches. There are also exercises and lessons on important storytelling tasks, like how to use a microphone, story boarding, choosing classic tales or making stuff up. Weiss founded C@W with Gert Johnson, who is also the founder of the Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri-City Area. Both C@W and the Interfaith Story Circle are overseen by WithOurVoice, Inc.


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