Laura Packer — storyteller, coach, real-time dreamer is creating stories, performances, workshops, books, hope
25

patrons

$258
per month
Let me start with gratitude. I appreciate your visit to my Patreon page. Without your interest and support, artists like me find it much more difficult to make compelling art. Thank you.

Who am I and what do I do

My 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, daily twitter 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.

I recently published 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. While I've been published in many print and online sources, this is my first solo book. 

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 promise

I 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.

So now what?

If you've gotten this far then you already know that storytelling matters and that I am always striving to do more. Why should you support me? Because you believe in this kind of work, in me, in the power of shared story to create a better world. Let's see what we can do together.

Tiers
Fan
$3 or more per month 2 patrons

For the cost of one cheap movie date a year (no dinner!) you are supporting me as I create stories, empower storytellers and those who want to tell, and bring the power of a well-told tale to new venues and unexpected places.


Sign up as a fan and you'll get:

- access to my patrons-only weekly feed here on Patreon, with an inside look into my process and even occasional videos.

- a social media shout out when you sign up.

- the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting live storytelling, coaching, teaching, and listening.

Friend
$5 or more per month 15 patrons

You want stories? Get them here. Become a friend and you'll get:

- 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, so you save $5 right there!

- entry into a twice-annual drawing for a one-of-a-kind handmade storyseeds notebook, full of inspiration and creativity, just for you.

- a thank you postcard sent right to your address.

- an exclusive storyseed, every month. Only for friend+ level patrons.

- All the perks of being a fan!

Accomplice
$15 or more per month 7 patrons

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 three months of patronage.

- entry in a monthly drawing for a 30-minute coaching session or chat.

- a 10% non-transferable discount on coaching sessions.

- a storyseed postcard or bookmark every quarter.

- 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.

- and all the fan and friend rewards!

Companion on the road
$50 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons

Everyone knows heroes don't finish their journey without aid from the stranger in the road. You are my invaluable helper, giving me support along the journey. You'll get: 

- access to quarterly live master classes.

- two comped tickets to two of my performances a year (limitations may apply).

- one 45-minute coaching call annually after three months support.

- a 15% non-transferable discount on subsequent coaching sessions.

- a personal note every year.

- copies of new recordings and publications after three months support.

- entry into a twice-yearly drawing to be a character in one of my new stories.

- and all the fan, friend, and accomplice rewards!

Hero
$100 or more per month 1 of 10 patrons

Your generosity makes you one of my heroes. Thank you.
You'll get: 

- one hour of coaching, four times a year. The first session is redeemable after three months.

- two comped tickets to any of my performances a year (limitations may apply).

- meeting for coffee or lunch when I'm in your town (pending our schedules).

- a hand-made storyseed inspiration box twice a year. This creativity booster include objects, prompts, and a little bit of story magic.

- a 5-10 minute video story, recorded just for you. Redeemable after  six months support and may require an initial conversation.

- a thank-you in my next publication or recording.

- and all the fan, friend, accomplice, and companion rewards!

Goals
$258 of $350 per month
When I reach $350/month I will book studio time to start work on a Crazy Jane and Red Haired Annie CD. All patrons will get a Crazy Jane story as soon as the files are recorded and edited, before anyone else.
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Let me start with gratitude. I appreciate your visit to my Patreon page. Without your interest and support, artists like me find it much more difficult to make compelling art. Thank you.

Who am I and what do I do

My 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, daily twitter 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.

I recently published 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. While I've been published in many print and online sources, this is my first solo book. 

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 promise

I 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.

So now what?

If you've gotten this far then you already know that storytelling matters and that I am always striving to do more. Why should you support me? Because you believe in this kind of work, in me, in the power of shared story to create a better world. Let's see what we can do together.

Recent posts by Laura Packer — storyteller, coach, real-time dreamer

Tiers
Fan
$3 or more per month 2 patrons

For the cost of one cheap movie date a year (no dinner!) you are supporting me as I create stories, empower storytellers and those who want to tell, and bring the power of a well-told tale to new venues and unexpected places.


Sign up as a fan and you'll get:

- access to my patrons-only weekly feed here on Patreon, with an inside look into my process and even occasional videos.

- a social media shout out when you sign up.

- the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting live storytelling, coaching, teaching, and listening.

Friend
$5 or more per month 15 patrons

You want stories? Get them here. Become a friend and you'll get:

- 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, so you save $5 right there!

- entry into a twice-annual drawing for a one-of-a-kind handmade storyseeds notebook, full of inspiration and creativity, just for you.

- a thank you postcard sent right to your address.

- an exclusive storyseed, every month. Only for friend+ level patrons.

- All the perks of being a fan!

Accomplice
$15 or more per month 7 patrons

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 three months of patronage.

- entry in a monthly drawing for a 30-minute coaching session or chat.

- a 10% non-transferable discount on coaching sessions.

- a storyseed postcard or bookmark every quarter.

- 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.

- and all the fan and friend rewards!

Companion on the road
$50 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons

Everyone knows heroes don't finish their journey without aid from the stranger in the road. You are my invaluable helper, giving me support along the journey. You'll get: 

- access to quarterly live master classes.

- two comped tickets to two of my performances a year (limitations may apply).

- one 45-minute coaching call annually after three months support.

- a 15% non-transferable discount on subsequent coaching sessions.

- a personal note every year.

- copies of new recordings and publications after three months support.

- entry into a twice-yearly drawing to be a character in one of my new stories.

- and all the fan, friend, and accomplice rewards!

Hero
$100 or more per month 1 of 10 patrons

Your generosity makes you one of my heroes. Thank you.
You'll get: 

- one hour of coaching, four times a year. The first session is redeemable after three months.

- two comped tickets to any of my performances a year (limitations may apply).

- meeting for coffee or lunch when I'm in your town (pending our schedules).

- a hand-made storyseed inspiration box twice a year. This creativity booster include objects, prompts, and a little bit of story magic.

- a 5-10 minute video story, recorded just for you. Redeemable after  six months support and may require an initial conversation.

- a thank-you in my next publication or recording.

- and all the fan, friend, accomplice, and companion rewards!