Welcome!

I'm a storyteller, writer, dream reader, and teacher with a wide variety of artistic and social interests. I love the use of juxtaposition of images and words to shake loose creative energy. I tell stories to children and adults.

I also edit and publish non-fiction and poetry, and I offer Juxtaprise Writing Classes and dream interpretation (one-on-one and groups).

Photo credit: Mark Stevens

Four Riddles for a Fortune by Kathleen C. Phillips

Four Riddles for a Fortune is a riddle story about Waldo, a third son who sets out to seek his fortune and meets four strangers, each with their own advice. This is a live version, shared via Zoom in the TGIF Family Story Fest organized by Sheila Arnold and co-hosted by Linda Schuyler Ford on April 17, 2020. Find me at http://www.laurakdeal.com, find Sheila Arnold at http://www.mssheila.org/ and find Linda Schuyler Ford on Facebook. Four Riddles for a Fortune is told by permission from Kathleen C. Phillips’ heirs.

Upcoming Appearances

Mermaid and seal with banjo from The Outlook Story BookHouse Concert with Paul Strickland!

Stories with Spirit (Cooper Braun and Rachel Ann Harding) and I are hosting storyteller and comedian Paul Strickland on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Laura’s house.
I heard Paul at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN last fall, and he had the audience laughing for his whole tall tale. I’m thrilled that he’s going to be in town and I’ll get the chance to hear him again. I hope you can join us!
PAUL STRICKLAND (https://www.ainttrue.com/) Paul’s hilarious and heart-felt tall-tale fantasies have won “Best of Fest” honors on 12 different occasions at Fringe Festivals across the U.S. and Canada. Most of Paul Strickland’s stories were told to him by his Ain’t True and his Uncle False, who live in Big-Fib Cul-de-sac, a small trailer park in the mythical America south just off the coast of Factual. In 2016 the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company… the NPR of up there) called Paul’s stories “a minor miracle.” He was an Exchange Place Teller at the National Storytelling Festival in 2018.

Paul made his NYC stage debut with his shadow and flashlight ghost story play “13 Dead Dreams of “Eugene”” Off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse in November of 2018.

“Superb storytelling.” – Front Row Center NYC

Always adapting and connecting to whatever audience is in front of him, Paul has performed his stories at theaters, festivals, comedy clubs, middle schools, corporate events and even two prisons- where he was NOT an inmate at the time. Selections from his comedy performance “Levels of Difficulty” can be heard every day on XM Sirius radio.

Write Club! Adam Booth!

I’m throwing exclamation marks around because it’s shaping up to be a great month. I’m returning to Write Club Denver on February 7 and hosting the delightful Adam Booth for both a masterclass on cinematic storytelling and a house concert on February 24!

My Write Club topic is “Love.” Plenty to say about that! Will I come home with a third trophy? Doesn’t love always win? Get more information at Write Club Denver’s Facebook page. Then come cheer me on!Laura's first and second trophies from Write Club Denver

 

I first met Adam in person at the Timpanogos in September of 2018, though our stories appeared together on Episode Thirty of the Story Story Podcast. His teaching was excellent, and his storytelling mesmerized me. I’m pinching myself that I have the opportunity to host him and eager to learn from and listen to him again! Check out more information about Adam Booth’s Masterclass here, and our Evening of Stories here.  You don’t want to miss him on February 24 in Boulder, CO!Adam Booth confetti too small