Laura Packer — storyteller, coach, real-time dreameris creating stories, performances, workshops, books, hope
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Sign up as a fan and you'll get:
- access to my patrons-only weekly feed here on Patreon including all previous Fan+ posts, with an inside look into my process and even occasional videos.
- an exclusive storyseed, every month.
- the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting live storytelling, coaching, teaching, and listening.
SOCIAL DISTANCING SPECIAL PERKS! For the duration of social distancing I am adding some special perks for all patrons, from fan through hero. Everyone will also get:
- Zoom meetings with stories, chat, q&a, and community during these challenging times.
- At least ten patrons a month can now access 30 minutes of one-on-one coaching a month, pending scheduling.
- 12 new stories a year. These could be works-in-progress, new recordings, or videos made just for friend+ level patrons. Please note that recording quality may vary, some will be field recordings and so a little rough.
- access to my downloadable StoryDrive! with over three hours of my stories, including two CDs, several odds and ends, a keynote, and more, normally sold for $15. You'll get the link after two months of patronage.
- entry in a monthly drawing for a 30-minute coaching session or chat.
- entry into a twice-annual drawing for a #storyseeds inspiration item, full of creativity, just for you.
- a thank you postcard sent right to your address.
- a 10% non-transferable discount on coaching sessions.
- a storyseed postcard or bookmark every quarter.
- instant access to all previous friend+ posts.
- All the perks of being a fan!
Your support makes more stories possible. You are one of my trusted accomplices. You'll get:
- an individualized, signed copy of From Audience to Zeal: The ABCs of Finding, Crafting, and Telling a Great Story, after two months of patronage.
- a live, online mini-concert every April, August, and December
- a #storyseeds card deck after a full year of support.
- a signed copy of the Audience to Zeal workbook after two years of support.
- the option to be added to a list as a listener for my works-in-progress (hear the story before ANYONE else does!).
- access to recordings of the Companion Level master's classes once they become available.
- instant access to all previous Accomplice+ posts.
- and all the fan and friend rewards!
Who am I and what do I doMy name is Laura Packer and I am a performing storyteller. I've been a performing artist for over 25 years and have told all over the world. I tell stories for older kids and adults, in venues ranging from the expected (like schools, libraries, theaters, and festivals) to the unexpected (like on the streets, in airplanes, for people imprisoned for life, and in front of Fortune 100 executives). I tell all kinds of stories, including traditional, fractured fairy tales, true personal, and original tales. I love crafting and telling stories that take listeners to new places and help them imagine a bigger world.
I am the creator of #storyseeds, regular twitter and instagram posts designed to help everyone think a little more creatively and playfully. In these days of rancor and rage, it seems like a little whimsy and play is a good idea. You can find the first #storyseeds card deck here, on etsy.
I am the author of From Audience to Zeal: The ABCs of Finding, Crafting, and Telling a Great Story, a collection of essays to help every storyteller in their journey regardless of whether they are a beginner or a professional, and the accompanying From Audience to Zeal Workbook, with exercises, readings, and practical ways to become a better storyteller no matter the application.
I am committed to helping everyone find their voice and tell their stories. Not only do I tell inspiring tales, I teach, coach, write, consult, and pretty much breath storytelling every single day. I know how powerful it can be and have seen it change lives. I believe that listening to each other with more attention; telling stories that are authentic to who we are, whoever that may be; and creating spaces that encourage connection, risk-taking, and reaching out can create a better world, where more of us have voice and agency.
Why Patreon?I get a lot out of supporting artists and makers whose work I enjoy. Their creativity makes my life better, every single day, even if I don't listen to their music or stories, read their words, look at their creations. Just knowing it's there helps me feel more at home in the world and more inspired to do good things. Patreon and other services mean I can pay them for their work and encourage them to create more. I don't believe artists should work for free, so it fits into my ethics and beliefs.
I was talking with a friend about all of this and she commented, "You know, I bet there are people who would like to support you more. Maybe you should launch a Patreon page." It was a cartoon moment, I swear a lightbulb went on over my head.
Money from this Patreon will help support me as I create and tell more stories both live, written, and recorded; help more people become better storytellers; and use the power of storytelling to build a more connected, compassionate, and entertaining world.
So why should you support me?First and foremost, when you support me you get the satisfaction of knowing you make good work possible. No one thrives without support and you are helping me be a better artist, teacher, consultant, writer, and coach. You have my deep gratitude.
Second, my patrons get some pretty cool perks. These range from access to my patron-only feed, to copies of my existing and new recordings and publications, to recordings of stories no one else has yet heard, to show comps, and more. I have set up reward tiers that give you more stories, more access, and give me the push we all sometimes need to create better art.
Third, patronage means I can focus on doing the work that matters. I can record the next CD. I can work on my super-secret #storyseeds project. I can afford to take gigs with underserved communities. I can pay the fee to come to the next fringe festival.
My promiseI promise to deliver on my perks. You will have a weekly patrons-only post or video and whatever other perks you've signed up for. I also promise to let you know if there will be an interruption of service, what's going on, and how long it might last. I don't anticipate this happening often if at all.
I promise to create the best work I can.
I promise to help others find their stories to the best of my ability.
I promise to nurture a supportive, positive, and inclusive community of people who love stories.