Workshop Focus:

Can you remember a time when someone close to you shared a story that moved you, made you laugh, changed your mind, or blew open your heart? How powerful and fun it was when an estranged cousin showed up at a family gathering– and she was the very one to save the burnt pot-roast dinner? Or a friend recalled a long ago camping-trip memory that offered some healing in a time of grief? Or a business facilitator told just the right story to illuminate the moment?

This four-day workshop will invite deep listening and telling on many levels. Regan-Blake’s approach is welcoming, powerful, and fun; and her teachings can be useful in the corporate world, with family and friends, or on stage. During the workshop, participants will create an encouraging, playful, and appreciative community, and discover stories through oral exercises, movement activities, and story-partnering.

Workshop Requirements:

Telling stories is as natural and vital as taking a breath! This workshop with Connie Regan-Blake welcomes everyone: writers curious about the oral word, those who want to explore their personal experiences, and those who simply love stories. As you focus your attention, you will be refreshed by a wellspring of stories that enriches your lives– personally, professionally, artistically, and spiritually.

The cost is $450.00. To reserve your space, click here.

Instructor Biography:

Connie Regan-Blake is one of America’s most celebrated storytellers. A founding board member of the National Storytelling Network and a frequent host and featured performer at its National Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, Regan-Blake has been a catalyzing force in the American storytelling revival.

As a solo artist and a member of the acclaimed Folktellers duo with Barbara Freeman, Regan-Blake has been featured on seven award-winning recordings– including the acclaimed PBS production, Storytelling: Tales for Children & Techniques for Teachers. Her work has been praised by publications including Southern Living, New Age Magazine, and School Library Journal, and she has been a guest on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and CNN. Now in its 15th season, her groundbreaking collaboration with the Kandinsky Trio– an innovative blend of storytelling and chamber music– has been hailed as a “new art form.”

Regan-Blake’s stories range from hilarious traditional Appalachian Mountain tales to poignant true-life drama. She has performed at the nation’s top folk music and storytelling festivals in Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, as well as the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Her honors include the National Storytelling Network’s Lifetime Achievement and Circle of Excellence Awards.

Regan-Blake lives with her husband, two dogs, and a frisky cat in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. You can learn more about her at

About our Program

The Key West Literary Seminar Writers’ Workshop Program provides writers at all stages of development with various opportunities to explore the craft of writing. Each workshop has its own focus and eligibility requirements; each class is limited to between 8 and 12 participants. Workshops generally take place in the morning, and may include optional afternoon and evening activities, including manuscript consultations, informal talks, and open readings. The Workshop Program is distinct from the Seminar; you may attend either or both. A $50 discount is available for most workshops, when taken in combination with the Seminar.

Our Scholarship & Financial Aid Program provides financial assistance to writers, teachers, and librarians who would otherwise not be able to attend the Seminar or Writers’ Workshop Program. For information about where to stay in Key West, see our guide to discounted lodging. To stay informed about new workshops, scholarship opportunities, and other KWLS news, visit our online journal Littoral, sign up for our email list, or join us onFacebook or Twitter. If you have any questions, please please call us, toll-free, at 888-293-9291, or write us at [email protected].