The Storyteller's Adytum

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.

W.B. Yeats

Welcome to The Storyteller’s Adytum.

Writing Worksheets, Planning Tools & More

Me-Kädmen anina il'ati — that's Sibylline for in the name of the Great Mother.

In the Adytum, we have unique and provocative writing worksheets for adults. We do the work of the ancient ones, drawing out the stories that need to be told. This library of writing resources is all for you. From beautiful journal pages to meditative writerly practices, you will explore the way you find story and how it finds you. I'll post a range of writing worksheets for adults that organize your stories and help work through sticky spots.  Then, when the story calls, you can really bring it to life. I'll also share details  on-line and in-person workshops, self-guided courses, and more. If you come across a tool or technique that leaves you lingering, I encourage you to drop me a line here. I hope your time in the Storyteller's Adytum is full of magic.


What's an Adytum anyway?

Whenever I think of an Adytum, I picture the Pythia at Delphi, steam rising from the floor and under which the fires of the Sibyl burn. The veiled Sibyl sits perched upon a stone as stories of the past, present, and future unfold before her. They travel through her, into our hearts.

The work in that sacred space proved secret, with only the end product of the oracular tale released for all to consider and, in the end, act upon. Imagine the predictions uttered from the Pythia that never left the Adytum. Some proved incomplete. Some, a provocation to war. Others yet, simple tales to be kept close and never told again after the utterance of the Sibyl breathed into them the necessary life. Sometimes, everyone would hear the story of what rose up because it called to our humanity.

Whew, that’s pretty theatrical. But probably not too far off.

The ancient Greeks used to call the innermost sanctum where only Sibyls and their priestesses were allowed The Adytum. In a literary context, we’re cracking open the Adytum of the heart, as Charlotte Brontë put it in her masterpiece, Villette. This is an innermost sanctuary where writers can gather to unpack the craft of storytelling, to let stories find us, and let ourselves become part of a story's lineage by the act of learning to tell it.

It is all about discovering the magic of storytelling. The zagavory — word magic — from Slavic lore.

Storytelling is an act of bravery. Let’s enter the depths of our brave hearts together.

The Sibylline

Conversations In My Head

A journal for the stories that are nagging you to tell them.

Greek poet Solon considered the muses the key to a good life. They not only inspired, but offered friendship. This journal invites you to call on Calliope to inspire your poetry, dance with Terpsichore, or get all tragic with Melpomene. Whatever your muse, let these journal worksheets (more added weekly) take you beyond the veil to chat and create with them.
Daily Inquiry Journal Page free download
Fictional Setting Worksheet free download

Meditations To Draw Out Stories.

Downloadable Journal Papers.

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