About Cathryn Wellner

Cathryn WellnerI started on my own Story Route as a child. Born quiet into a family of talkers, I discovered adults would tell far better stories if they forgot I was around.

It was years later, during a decade as a school librarian, that I stumbled onto storytelling as performance art. I knew I’d found my vocation. I printed up my business cards and declared myself a Storyteller.

It was a grand run. I reveled in the performances, the workshops, and the faraway places the art took me.

Then came a series of Major Life Transitions. I found myself on a ranch in the middle of British Columbia—me, a city woman. I had to reinvent myself if I wanted to make a living.

I applied for a contract in “community economic development”, without really know what that meant. During the three months of that contract, I was sure I’d be found out.

Instead, they hired me for another contract, this time coordinating the regional economic development organization. I had even fewer qualifications for that position.

Then I realized the secret. It was all about stories. I was in a rural community that needed to be able to tell compelling stories to urban bureaucrats, politicians, project funders, and its own citizens. My job was to help them identify, hone, and tell those stories.

Once I knew the secret, my consulting career took off. I took a break from it to be Storytelling Director for Stagebridge, America’s oldest senior theatre. Then I returned to British Columbia, to a newly created position as Food and Health Project Manager for Interior Health.

Once again it was all about stories. This time I was working with communities and organizations to develop healthier stories about food, health, social justice, and sustainability.

Now I’m freelancing again, focusing on my twin passions: storytelling and writing.

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E-Learning » Blog Archive » Q&A with a Story Guru: Cathryn Wellner: Storytelling Is a Way to Share Extraordinary Work People Do for the Good of Their Community - May 11, 2010

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Sitaraman - October 2, 2010

Hi Catherine,

Delighted to be here and read about your passion. It is completely ‘off-beat’..i.e while story telling is one of the most ancient means of teaching morals, story telling taken as a passion for life…as in this case, is the first time that I see.
Good to know you.
Cheers

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Inspiration | Eating Is Art - April 24, 2011

[…] Cathryn Wellner for finding her passion and trusting her self, showing us all how we can do the same. […]

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storyroute admin - April 25, 2011

The pingback from Eating Is Art sent me to Tricia Martin’s blog and to her thoughtful post on inspiration. She writes lyrically, and the whole piece resonated for me. Here’s just one quote: “I am pulled towards those who tend to be constantly evolving and growing as people, designers, and artists.” Follow the links to meet some extraordinary people. I’m honoured to find myself among them.

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Gabriel Newman - November 17, 2011

Hi Catherine,

Saw your great work assisting Franke James. Now that is a story!
I have always loved her Dinner with a Stranger piece.

Gabe

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storyroute admin - November 18, 2011

That was one of the first pieces I came across. She’s so talented, smart and caring.

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