Storyteller workshops to enhance interpretation skills

March 20, 2008

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) has secured the services of one of the world’s most highly regarded professional storytellers to give a series of workshops for Tasmanian guiding and interpretation professionals during April.

Recognised as one of the finest storytellers working today, Susan Strauss gives storytelling performances and storytelling training workshops for interpretation conferences, natural history conferences, environmental education conferences, fine art curators, botanic gardens conferences and science educator conferences. She is also an associate professor at the University of Idaho.

Susan is also a children’s author and natural history author who has produced multi-cultural storytelling recordings and CDs of children’s stories, natural history storytelling and mythology.

Currently on a sell-out lecture tour of Australia, PAHSMA Training Officer Phil Fitzpatrick managed to negotiate with Susan to add a two-day workshop program at the Historic Site to her schedule. Susan will deliver two half day workshops called The Passionate Fact: Storytelling for Science Teachers, Park Interpreters & Public Speakers.

Port Arthur’s interpretive guides will attend the lectures and PAHSMA has invited other Tasmanian tourism interpretation professionals to attend, with the result that the workshops have nearly sold out.

However there are still a few places available and interested people should contact Phil Fitzpatrick at Port Arthur on 03 6251 2361 or

The workshops will be held at the Historic Site on Friday 11th April (2:30 to 6:30pm) and on Sat 12 April (9:30 to 1:30pm) and cost $75.00 per person. Find out more about Susan Strauss on her website

Phil says that Tourism Tasmania have shown great support and intend to conduct an interview with Susan to upload to their Experience resource website as a professional development tool for the local industry.

Susan Strauss

Susan Strauss