Wendt, Karen

WendtWorks: Stories n Flight!
Columbus, WI 53925
608-333-7008; muchadoaboutstory@gmail.com
Website: karenwendt.com

Lucy Beck Award winner 2018
Wisconsin Storytelling webmaster since November 2017

Karen Wendt shares original stories, fables, folktales, and fun stories that come from around the world. Karen mixes words with a sprinkle of puppets, a dash of sign language, a pinch of music, and ten pounds of wiggles to bake up a story of delight for children and grownups. Karen says, “I love seeing the kids telling stories so I often invite them to help. They become characters in the stories.”

Karen invites the audience to participate either by stepping up front or to join in from their seats to help tell the story. She believes that children learn more when they are having fun and wants them to be engaged in learning about story through play. Karen says, “I love seeing the kids telling stories so I often invite them up to help. They become characters in the stories.” Parents and teachers love to see children engaged in the creativity, using their imagination to tell stories and sing songs in front of an audience. Audience participation is highly encouraged so be ready to join in the fun!

Karen has a program “Homegrown Tales” that she shares at assisted living centers and nursing homes. The stories are about her growing up years, grandparents, what life was like for her mom and dad growing up, and tales of travels with her family. Stories may be adjusted depending on the venue.

For references or information about themes, contact Karen.

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