The core of Tall Tales is Michael, Akshay, and Priyanka who present, teach, and speak on a wide range of topics outlined below. But Tall Tales is also a family that includes thousands of talented and brilliant people who have come through our doors or captivated audiences from our stage. Some of the presenters in our larger family will be highlighted here soon as well. This page provides more information so that we can match you with a presenter who can best meet your needs.

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Michael Burns, Founder

Michael Burns, Ph.D., is an author, editor, documentary film maker, and workshop designer. In addition to leading hundreds of workshops, he also leads storytelling retreats as part of Tall Tales and as part of his own venture, The Story Retreat, online at thestoryretreat.com.

Michael's topics: Story Structure, Story as Superpower, Storytelling for Business and Organizations, Mythology, Character Design, Fiction Writing 


Akshay Gajria, Director

Akshay Gajria is an award winning author, storyteller and writing coach. He regularly writes about the writing process, productivity, technology, story design and publishing. Twice a year he mentors young writers at a writing retreat called Alekhya. Discover his work at akshaygajria.com

Akshay's topics: Fantasy & Science Fiction, Character Design, Dialogues, Worldbuilding, Reading Like a Writer, Oral Storytelling


Priyanka Babbar, Director, Small Tales

Priyanka Babbar is an educator, children's storyteller, theatre director, workshop designer and facilitator. She has conducted over two hundred storytelling and workshop sessions across Mumbai, Pune, Chandigarh, Nasik, Coimbatore, Bangalore and Singapore for various organisations and schools.


Priyanka's topics: Children's Theatre and Storytelling, Storytelling and Theatre in Education, Story Writing, Workshop Design for Teachers