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Workshop // Finding Stories in Ordinary Objects

  • Kimball Art Center 1401 Kearns Boulevard Park City, UT, 84060 United States (map)
Detail of  Do The Hard Things First  by Pam Bowman in  Things My Mother Taught Me  exhibition at KAC.

Detail of Do The Hard Things First by Pam Bowman in Things My Mother Taught Me exhibition at KAC.


We are excited to be partnering with Kimball Art Center in Park City to host this workshop within the main gallery surrounded by the works of Things My Mother Taught Me.

We are experts at encouragement and creating an engaging environment for people to be themselves together. This workshop's highly participatory mix of guided writing prompts, oral storytelling exercises, and practical instruction is suitable for experienced and aspiring storytellers - even those who don’t consider themselves to be “storytellers” at all.

We all have stories to tell. Some of our most personal and intimate stories can be found within the ordinary, often overlooked objects we come into contact with in our day-to-day lives. Join us as we search for meaningful stories embedded in the mundane.

Storytelling for Grown-Ups by Anna Pocaro for The Bee

In this 4 hour workshop, participants will:

  • Practice the art and craft of compelling storytelling, attentive listening, and authentic connection.

  • Focus on finding and fostering voice through the telling of true stories from personal experience.

  • Be invited to cultivate creativity, curiosity, self-inquiry, and reflection.

  • Have the unique opportunity to be immersed in experiential learning within the main gallery surrounded by the works of the exhibition, including an introduction from curator Nancy Stoaks.


This workshop is open to the public (adults & mature teens are welcome).

$55 per participant. Space is limited to 21 & pre-registration is required. Your place will be guaranteed once you complete our registration form and submit payment. 

“If you want to spark your creativity or try something new - take this workshop!” – Mandy

Storytelling for Grown-Ups by Anna Pocaro for The Bee



  • An ordinary object from home. Something you use, see, and/or interact with on a regular basis is ideal, though just about anything will do.

  • A favorite pen, one you enjoy writing with.

  • A notebook if desired (worksheets will be provided).

  • A willingness to participate imperfectly.

TIMING: 12-4pm Saturday, August 24th, 2019. This workshop is highly participatory and beginning & ending together is essential. Please plan sufficient time to arrive and get settled, and to stay through until the end. Our doors will open 15 minutes before our official start time.

LOCATION: We will be gathering at Kimball Art Center, located at 1401 Kearns Boulevard, Park City, UT 84060 (approx. 45 min drive from SLC). Click here for a google map.

TREATS: We are big believers in the power of stories. And snacks! Light refreshments will be provided, including a selection of sweet treats baked in-house by Auntie Em’s Bakery. If you have any particular food allergies or sensitivities, feel free to bring something you know you can enjoy. We’ll keep food and drink in the café, out of the main gallery.


Giuliana Serena & Nan Seymour are experts at encouragement and creating brave space for people to be themselves together.

Giuliana Serena

Giuliana is the Beekeeper and Founder of The Bee. She hosts and produces our monthly & curated shows, facilitates storytelling workshops, and offers consulting services to individual storytellers and organizations.

Her commitment to creating intentional space for brave storytelling and engaged listening is rooted in her work as a Ceremonialist and Rites-of-Passage Facilitator, with a particular affinity for progressing culture, attuning to the cycles of nature, and celebrating the seasons of life.

She appreciates the opportunity to hold space for community to share authentically, witness one another, and experience transformation; from the wilds of nature to classrooms to the depths of dark and crowded bars.

Nan Seymour

Nan is The Bee's Director of Narrative Encouragement. She has facilitated writing and storytelling workshops for dozens of groups, including cancer survivors, high school students, homeless writers, and survivors of domestic violence. 

She offers an ongoing schedule of expressive and generative writing courses at her River Writing studio in Salt Lake City. 

Nan spent seventeen years as a miller and baker of whole-grain bread. She learned something about process by milling the wheat. She acquired some patience while waiting for the loaves to rise.

She is currently co-authoring a dual voice memoir with her 24 year-old daughter Beatrice. Their forthcoming book tells the story of a Utah girl who survives the perils of a misgendered adolescence to claim her true name and identity.


“Inclusive and welcoming – from the start, there was an immediate immersion into a community of storytellers. This connection only grew as we shared our stories.” – Jessie

"A space to reclaim my memories, words, and voice."

“Awesome facilitation! I felt cared for, seen, and heard. This was a really wonderful way to spend an afternoon; a brave space filled with kind, interesting, and creative people.”

"Not only beneficial for those who want to hone their storytelling, but an excellent way to find and share your voice in a supportive environment. Giuliana & Nan are fabulous." – Karen

“A rare experience to engage with others in real, honest, genuine, and vulnerable ways.”

“If you want to spark your creativity or try something new - take this workshop!” – Mandy

“I feel so much better equipped to think about my stories and move them forward. Thank you!” – Jessica

“Great atmosphere! A perfect way to get out of your comfort zone.” – Bryton

“Not nearly as terrifying as I thought it would be!”

"The exercises helped me think more deeply about my story and uncover more pertinent details. Great experience - thank you!" – Camille

“Incredible human connection between complete strangers!”

"Positive, supportive and inspiring, a great opportunity to share and listen to others."


Still not sure if this workshop is right for you? Get in touch with any questions!

Earlier Event: August 8
No show in August!
Later Event: September 7
Workshop // Storytelling for Grown-Ups