Middle School assemblies and workshops…

Mark Binder’s lessons and tales for middle schoolers are designed to hook the attention, get under their radar, and invite them to participate.


I found Mr. Binder professional, responsive and flexible. He helped us tailor a day of activities that specifically addressed our building needs and curriculum goals. He devoted the entire school day to our students, only taking a thirty minute break for lunch. Without a doubt, we ‘got our money’s worth.’
—Durgee Junior High School

Students (and teacher) listen with smiles on their faces, ask great questions and are always eager to hear more.

Author Visits and Storytelling Programs


The pure pleasure of spoken word and tall tales. A combination of literature and theater and teaching, these programs connect students with the joy of story. Includes mini-lessons on creativity and editing plus Q&A.

Programs include: It Ate My Sister (and other Family Stories) • Spooky Stories — Comedy with an edge (appropriate for schools) • Fools and Wisefolk • Tall Tales

Audience size: classroom to assembly.

Write it Up, Now! (workshop)

Choose fiction/short story or personal narrative
Aligns with Common Core Standards

Mark Binder teaches a method that produces amazing results in an incredibly short period of time.
His writing and story making workshops are truly revolutionary. In less than two hours, he can teach a methodology for creating whole stories, and call the students to actually write and tell their own tales.

One Day: Inspiration and Story Structure

How are stories told and written? Mark teaches how ideas can be generated, elaborated, and then shaped into a story. This workshop gets students engaged and writing.

Optional Day Two and beyond: Revision and Resolution

Students often think their work is finished as soon as they print it out. Mark demonstrates the process of revision and editing, working with students on honing, expanding and focusing their work.

We were very impressed with your program and how well the students responded.”
—The Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools at Sedgwick Middle School

All students must have desks or tables

The Art of Peace


How can we defuse situations in our lives? Is it possible to create harmony? What can we do to center ourselves?
Based on more than 20 years experience in the martial arts, Mark has developed a (nonviolent!) series of stories, exercises and conversations that will help students understand the source of conflict, and ways to resolve them.

Audience size: classroom to assembly.

Video Samples

It Ate My Sister…

Watermelons for Freedom

A vampire western

Cinderella Spinderella

Mark’s Books for Middle School include…

Call now for more information,
to discuss dates,
or book a show
(401) 272-8707 or email beth@transmitjoy.com

Want a quick quote?

Please contact us. We keep costs reasonable, but fees vary depending on your needs.

In an era of tight budgets, we want to assure you that Mark’s programs are 100% worthwhile. We offer a money-back guarantee. We do offer discounts on block bookings, and can help with grant writing and funding possibilities. Skype/Video visits can also offer a lower-cost pathway for Mark to visit your classroom.