Storytelling Workshop at Opus 40

I am thrilled to announce that Hudson Valley Story Workshops (aka me and my partner Caitlin Langstaff) will be partnering with Opus40 for our next 6-week storytelling workshop beginning May 30.  In the workshop, you will learn how to give shape to your life stories and to share them with others in a small group setting as we roam the magical rock landscape at Opus 40 and explore the practice of storytelling together.

The workshop begins May 30 and runs for six Saturdays. You can read more about the workshop and sign up here.

And click here to hear some of the stories that previous workshop participants have developed in our workshop and told at our On The Fly Story Slams at HiLo Catskill.


October 27: Spooky Stories at Opus 40

Story loving folks! We at Hudson Valley Story Workshops are curating spooky stories around the fire pit at OPUS 40 on Sunday October 27 at 3pm. Come get on the Halloween spirit and get spooked, and if you have a good scary story yourself, there’ll also be a chance for the audience to tell their own stories. And check out the rest of the program for the OPUS 40 Halloween Weekend event. There’ll be food trucks and pumpkin carving and all kinds of great stuff on the stunning grounds. See you there.

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On The Fly Story Slam September 20

We are getting ready for the next On The Fly Story Slam on Friday September 20 at HiLo Catskill and hope that you are too. The theme of the night is TABOO. What were the things you didn’t talk about at the dinner table growing up? Which taboos have you broken and what were the consequences? So many different possible and delicious stories… Come throw your name in the hat to tell yours.

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August 16 Story Slam: High Maintenance

Join us on August 16 for the next On The Fly Story Slam. Theme of the night is HIGH MAINTENANCE – stories of stuff that requires a lot of work to work: your marriage, your mother, your eating schedule, your neurosis. The sky is the limit. You’ll have five minutes to tell your story, which should be based on lived experience and told without notes.

And as an extra special and awesome feature, you will be able to hear some fantastic stories told by storytellers from our ongoing story workshop. You don’t want to miss this one!!


July Story Slam: TORN

On The Fly returns to HiLo Catskill, which will serve as our permanent home after the last six months touring the Hudson Valley. We will be at HiLo on the third Friday of every month – and we love it there!

The theme of the July 19 story slam is TORN.  If you’ve ever had to make a difficult decision, had your heart broken, run a marathon, or changed the direction of your life, you have a TORN story. Come throw your name in the hat and share your story in the company of other story-loving folks. Sign-up 6.30, show 7pm. See you there.

Six-Week storytelling Workshop starting July 13

Who are You and What’s Your Story?

Everybody has a story to tell and uncovering the stories that most uniquely define us can be one of the most rewarding and healing creative outlets. Storytelling bridges the individual and the universal. Stories build community and help us make sense of ourselves and the world we live in. In crafting and telling stories of our lived experience, we learn to explore the life experiences that have shaped and defined us, but telling our stories also connects us to others and reveals our shared humanity.

In this workshop, you will be introduced to the principles of storytelling and will learn to craft and share your own story. Using physical exploration, playmaking and mining the very richest parts of your personal story, you will learn to tell and ultimately perform your story with authenticity and confidence. The small group environment creates a safe, dynamic space, allowing for group interaction as well as individual guidance and feedback. In addition to performing their stories in the workshop setting, participants will be given the opportunity to perform their story at one of the monthly On The Fly Story slams at Helsinki Hudson.

Learn more and sign up:

6 Saturdays 1-4 pm July 13- Aug 17, precise dates TBA

Fee: $240 per person

Location: Athens, NY



Christina Thyssen is a writer, story coach, and teacher. She holds a Ph.D. in American literature and teaches writing and literature at University at Albany. She also teaches writing to prison inmates. As a story coach, she works with both individual writers and organizations to guide them in shaping and telling their story. She is the producer of On The Fly, a monthly Moth-style story slam in Hudson NY and is currently at work on a memoir about raising a special needs daughter.

Caitlin Langstaff is an actor, director, producer, story coach, and teacher. She holds an M.F.A. in theatre and is a member of The Actors Studio and Actors Equity. She is co-artistic director of Tidal Theatre Company and Tsunami Sound Waves, producing original work for the stage and radio. She is co-producer and MC for the Outer capes only story slam, The Mosquito. She teaches theatre at Dutchess Community College.


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May Story Slam: ANIMAL HOUSE

Animals! What are your most memorable encounters with the animal kingdom? Who is your spirit animal? Did your dog once save your life? Join us for a night of stories about our beloved non-human friends and other animal-themed tales. We know you have them!

In May and June, On The Fly will be visiting the amazing #TraghavenWhiskeypub in sweet downtown Tivoli. We’re hoping to make new friends and also see familiar faces. We will be back at #HiLocatskill in July. Follow us #ontheflystoryslam to stay tuned.