Press Release

Getting the Story off the Page workshop

Have you ever been moved by a story in print and retold it exactly as it was written, only to have it fall flat? Storyteller Judith Black will help solve this problem during Getting the Story off the Page, an adult workshop at the Witherle Memorial Library, 41 School Street in Castine on Friday, March 22, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Stories were traditionally passed on orally, but the invention of the printing press required that those stories be translated into the written word. In order to help a story become three dimensional once again, you must blow the life back into it. Judith Black’s workshop will offer a model for performing that very act. This program is open to teachers and the public. Teachers from Union 93 and RSU 24 will earn 2 contact hours for attending the event.

Judith Black is a professional storyteller with a national following, having been featured ten times at the National Storytelling Festival, and serving three times as Teller-in Residence at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesboro, TN.

This program is part of the Storytelling Can Change Your Life series, a year-long effort to bring some of the best storytellers in the country to Castine. The series is co-sponsored by the Wilson Museum, the Witherle Memorial Library, Friends of Witherle Memorial Library, Adams School, Castine Arts Association, and Castine Historical Society. The series will culminate in a two-day festival entitled Storytelling by the Sea on August 16th and 17th, 2013.

Getting the Story off the Page is funded by Friends of Witherle Memorial Library and grants from: the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts; and by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

For more information on Getting the Story off the Page or Storytelling by the Sea, contact Witherle Memorial Library at, or Wilson Museum at 207-326-9247 or