for High School (teen) Age

Mark doesn’t treat high schoolers like little kids. He knows that they have different expectations and needs.

He enjoys the challenge of hooking the attention of teens, and then keeping them engaged. His stories are designed to get under their radar, and invite them to participate. Students (and teacher) listen with smiles on their faces, and are always eager to hear more.

  • Writing Workshops and Author visits. Single and  multiple day residencies
    How can students unlock creativity and shape narrative?
    Mark Binder teaches a method that produces amazing results in an incredibly short period of time.
    “His writing and story making workshops are truly revolutionary. In less than two hours, he can teach a methodology for creating whole stories, and call the students to actually write and tell their own tales.”
  • Stories for Peace – resolving conflicts / handling bullies
    Based on more than 20 years experience in the martial arts, Mark has developed a (nonviolent!) series of stories, exercises and conversations that will help students understand the source of conflict, and ways to resolve them.
  • It Ate My Sister (and other family stories)
    The pure pleasure of spoken word and tall tales. A combination of spoken-word, literature and theater, this program correlates to written and spoken excerpts from Mark’s popular book It Ate My Sister.
  • Cinderella Spinderella — conversations on diversity
    Storytelling is an amazing tool to connect people across racial, economic, cultural and political divides.
    What color is Cinderella? Why? In his storytelling Mark deliberately blurs color and ethnic lines creating opportunities for empathy and discussion.
  • Spooky Stories – Comedy and Horror (appropriate for schools)
  • Tall Tales A collection of tall tales and whoppers.
  • Eureka! Relieving Math Anxiety & Producing Results
  • Skype Classroom Visits — A chance to ask questions and have a conversation in any classroom anywhere…
  • Special NeedsStorytelling works to cut through the noise and reach students with disabilities, special needs and behavioral challenges.

For more information, please call (401) 272-8707.

Urban or suburban, from Dorchester and Roxbury and Providence to Cumberland or Coventry, Mark has a repertoire of stories that will suit any group and sensibility. He has the ability to talk about the process of writing and creating tales, and then shifting gears to tell a story that is dead-on appropriate for the group at that moment.

“His writing and story making workshops are truly revolutionary. In less than two hours, he can teach a methodology for creating whole stories, and call the students to actually write and tell their own tales.”

Whether you’re looking for an educational program that’s fun or a fun program that’s educational, Mark has an assortment of shows and workshops that will fit any occasion.

As both an author and a story performer, Mark is unique in his ability to talk about the reading and writing process — while still keeping groups of all ages engaged.

In classrooms, libraries, cafeterias and auditoriums, Mark adapts his program to the needs of your organization and your listeners. He has several sound systems that can accommodate even the largest spaces.

Story programs are 45 minutes. Intensive story making workshops are 90-120 minutes.

You can invite Mark back again and again and every time he’ll have new stories to add to the old favorites.

His books, “The Zombie Cat”, “It Ate My Sister” and “The Brothers Schlemiel” and his CD “It was a dark and stormy night…” are perfect examples of Mark’s work and ability to capture the imagination.

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