Week-long Intensive Storytelling Workshop with Loren Niemi
Loren Niemi has spent forty years as an innovative storyteller creating, coaching/directing,
performing and teaching stories about what matters to audiences of all ages in urban and rural
settings. His work has included sharing contemporary personal, traditional and ghost stories on
stages in theaters, cabarets, festivals, churches, schools, and on the platforms of Minneapolis'
Light Rail line where commuters can watch him as part of a public art instillation. He has
performed on the Great Wall of China, been the Humanities Scholar in Residence for Northern
Minnesota, worked with Catholics and Protestants in Belfast, Northern Ireland to tell the stories
of "the Troubles” and appeared the stages of Fringe Festivals across the country. His work has
been called “post-modern,” “with the dark beauty of language that is not ashamed of poetry.”
He is the author of the award winning The New Book of Plots, (Parkhurst Brothers Publishing)
on the uses of narrative in shaping meaningful stories and the co-author, with Elizabeth Ellis, of
Inviting the Wolf In: Thinking About Difficult Stories, (August House Publishers) the critically
acclaimed text on the value and necessity of telling the stories that are hard to speak and
uncomfortable to hear. His collection of ghost stores, What Haunts Us (Moonfire Press) is a mix
of recounted oral history and philosophically leaning fiction comes out in February 2019. He is
also a published poet including a chapbook, Coyote Flies Coach from Sister Black Press.
Loren was one of the founders of the Northlands Storytelling Network, a five state storytelling
educational and advocacy organization, and served six years on the National Storytelling
Network's Board of Directors, including four as the Chair of the 1200 plus member organization
that has been the advocate and promoter of America’s storytelling revival. He currents serves
on the Board of Directors for Story Arts Minnesota.
In 2016 he was awarded a National Storytelling Network’s Lifetime Achievement award.
Loren has a BA (Philosophy and Studio Arts) from St. Mary’s University (Winona, MN) and a MA
in Liberal Studies (American Culture) from Hamline University (St. Paul, MN). He teaches
Storytelling in the Executive Leadership Institute of the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN)
as well as providing storytelling workshops and organizational consulting around the country.
Previous clients have included the Sonofi-Aventus, UNUM Insurance, Medtronic, the 5th District
Federal Reserve Bank, the Minneapolis Community Development Agency, the National Legal
Aid; Public Defenders Association and Walt Disney World.