February 26
The Home of

Jackie Jonas
Call Milt Cohen at
215-247-6186 for details.


February 4
at 1 PM

Chestnut Hill Library


Welcome to Patchwork:
a Storytelling Guild

The members of Patchwork: A Storytelling Guild are dedicated to promoting awareness of storytelling as a vibrant contemporary art form, a folk tradition, a way of celebrating life, a tool for personal and social transformation, and as a path for spiritual exploration.

Patchwork was established in 1982 when a group of professional storytellers and librarians seriously involved in using storytelling in their work met to discuss issues surrounding the art.  At that time, they recognized that the growing use of multi-media and computer technology was causing a decline in the art of storytelling.  This group decided to form an organization dedicated to promoting awareness of the importance of storytelling for passing on family history, curriculum in education, preserving cultural identity, and as a way of celebrating both the diversity and commonality of our communities.  They also decided that the survival of the art form was dependent upon training and encouraging new storytellers and audiences.

With these goals in mind, Patchwork: A Storytelling Guild was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1984.  Patchwork’s primary purpose is the promotion of storytelling and the exchange of information and ideas through educational activities, performances and publications.


We meet the third Sunday of the month, from 2:00p.m. to 4:30p.m. The group meets in the homes of the members, with the location changing for each meeting. The purpose of the coaching group is to offer positive feedback on developing new stories. The size of the coaching group is limited: twelve to fifteen members. For information on the coaching group, contact Milt Cohen, 215-247-6186.

Story Swap

Patchwork is moving the Story Swap to a new location. It meets on the first Saturday of each month, October through June, at the Chestnut Hill Library, 8711 Germantown Avenue in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. The session runs from 1-3 PM.It is a safe place to try your skills and practice a story before a supportive audience. Contact Dennis Strain, 215-247-3823 for more details.


Patchwork encourages people to tell and listen
to stories through the
following forums:
  • Sponsoring workshops and retreats for novices and professional tellers
  • Producing storytelling performances in the Greater Philadelphia area
  • Working with schools and community-based organizations to encourage people to tell and listen to stories in their communities
  • Sponsoring a website which provides information about storytelling ideas and resources; and which offers a Calendar of Events to promote storytelling activities
  • Promoting storytelling through contact with the media
Members are involved in the following activities:
  • Passing on oral history from one generation to another
  • Gathering and sharing stories that reflect cultural identities
  • Developing storytelling as a contemporary art form
  • Using storytelling as a tool for personal growth and spiritual exploration
  • Learning to use storytelling to promote reading, literacy, and creative expression
  • Receiving coaching feedback from peers on artistic development
  • Attending informal story swaps with other members of the community
  • Staying informed about regional and national storytelling programs and events