Imaginal Journeys (January 2023)

  • January 8, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Eastern Standard Time

Ticket Price $250.00 This event is now over

Imaginal Journeys -A seven-session workshop, coaching, and concert opportunity with Heather Forest and Megan Wells. Please Note: All sessions are on Zoom. One  Seven Session Ticket gains access to all events for which you will receive a unique zoom link before each session. See schedule below.

Through demonstration, discussion, and experiential activities Heather and Megan will lead participants on a journey to 

  • Enrich creativity and expressiveness in storytelling
  • Expand imagination skills
  • Deeply experience imagining
  • Find authenticity in portraying storied characters
  • Improve memory and improvisation skills
  • Deepen stage  presence in storytelling performance art


  • Three 90 minute workshops for a limited group of 8 participants
  • Individual 30 minute Fishbowl coaching by Heather and Megan  in preparation for participants' public concert
  • A live, free zoom concert for friends, family, and fans of participants in which they will each tell a 10 minute story

Imaginal Journeys Schedule:

Workshops: Jan. 8, 15, and 22 from 11:00 am-12:30 pm EST

Fishbowl Individual Coaching sessions: Jan 12, 19, 26  from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm EST

Culminating Concert Jan. 29th  from 3:00 pm-4:30 pm EST



For the past forty years, Heather Forest has shared her repertoire of world tales told in an interweave of original music and the spoken and sung word with audiences of all ages in theatres, schools, literature conferences, and storytelling festivals throughout the United States and abroad. An award winning author and recording artist, she has published seven children's picture books, three folktale anthologies, seven audio recordings of storytelling and a popular educational web site Story Arts Online

Her storytelling has been frequently featured at the National Storytelling Festival, Tennessee. She has shared tales at The Museum of Modern Art, N.Y., the Discovery Theatre at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C., the Sidmouth International Folk Festival, England, Tales of Graz, Austria, the Glistening Waters Storytelling Festival, New Zealand, and at the Ljungby Storytelling Festival in Sweden.

Her recordings have won an American Library Association Notable Record Award, two Parent's Choice Gold Awards, and three Storytelling World Honor Awards. Ms. Forest is a recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award for artistry in performance and the 2021 Talking Leaves Award for contributions to storytelling literature presented by the National Storytelling Network, U.S.A., She holds a Masters Degree in Storytelling and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change. 

Highly original…wonderfully gifted.... She calls herself a storyteller, but obviously she is much more. She combines song, sound, and story, weaving a most remarkable spell..."

            Robert Sherman,
            Woody's Children, WQXR-FM Radio NY

"To say that Heather Forest has a way with words would be a ludicrous understatement.

Rather, she has HER way with words, stringing them together so they ring with a rhythmic

beauty and create a picture so real that it can be traced with the fingers... Forest has an incredible emotive voice.... mesmerizing, compelling, clear, and strong.                                                               The Milwaukee Journal, Wisconsin


Megan Wells is an award-winning and nationally-respected professional storyteller who has enthralled audiences for more than 40 years.  She holds a BA in theatre from Illinois Wesleyan and an MFA in Directing from Illinois State University. She has appeared in theatres, with symphonies, and in cultural arts venues throughout the USA.  Her extensive performance repertoire includes myths, folklore, persona, and literary tales. She is highly respected for her directing of contemporary storytellers and is a recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award. 

Megan is also among the top literary storytellers in America. As the Artistic Director of the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival, Megan was granted permission by Ray himself to perform his works. Additionally, she is equally comfortable in the jazzier domains of Chicago's current spoken word explosion.


“Megan Wells makes the written word leap off the page, with grand characterizations, vivid descriptions, and an exciting delivery that creates colorful and imaginative worlds for her audiences.  From the cold depth of Dracula’s castle, to the warmth and grandeur of Mt. Olympus, Megan creates three dimensional worlds using minimal costumes and set pieces that reinforce but never upstage the spoken word. The depth and range she brings to her performances leave audiences with a newly found appreciation for the art of storytelling  and has them begging for more. This is live performance at its finest and we welcome her to our theatre every chance we get.”

-Wayne Mell, Artistic Director, MadKap Productions; Managing Director Skokie Theatre



Date & Time

Sun, Jan 8, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Story Arts Inc.

Story Arts Inc. is a not-for-profit cultural arts organization devoted to the fine art of storytelling and to its educational applications.