Konnichiwa! Welcome to Motoko’s Homepage!

Salute to Teachers and Librarians!


Now more than ever, children (and adults) need stories of courage, hope, and compassion. With a renewed passion and gratitude, I look forward to working with you to enrich children’s learning experiences. All programs are available IN-PERSON, LIVE VIRTUAL, and PRE-RECORDED.

My 2022-23 School Year was immensely productive and exciting! Here are some highlights:


The National Storytelling Festival (Jonesborough TN)—My 4th featured appearance!

JapanFest Atlanta (Duluth GA)

St. Louis Storytelling Festival (St. Louis MO)

Midland Storytelling Festival (Midland TX)

CT Science Center (Hartford CT)

University of North Carolina-Asheville

UNC-Chapel Hill


North Carolina State University (Raleigh NC)


Creative Writing Residency

Henry P Clough Elementary (Mendon MA—Funded by the Mass Cultural Council’s STARS Grant)

Mapleshade Elementary (East Longmeadow MA)

Overlook Primary School (Poughkeepsie NY)


Japanese Culture Residency

Marion Cross Elementary (Norwich VT)

Titusville Intermediate School (Poughkeepsie NY)

Noxon Road Elementary (Poughkeepsie NY)

Beekman Elementary (Poughquag NY)

Charlton Heights Elementary (Ballston Lake NY)


My special thanks to all the sponsors and schools!


Motoko & Eshu Receive the Barbara Reed Award!


Photo credit: Lauren Agnelli

Motoko & Eshu with Ann Shapiro, Executive Director of the CT Storytelling Center.


What an amazing honor! The CT Storytelling Center gave us the prestigious Barbara Reed Award at their 42nd Annual Storytelling Festival and Conference. Barbara, the founder and artistic director of the Center, initiated the Award in 2000 for distinguished and outstanding service to the Connecticut storytelling community. Eshu and I were literally raised as tellers by our CT family, including its visionary pioneers such as Barbara Reed, J.G. Pinkerton, Peg O’Sullivan, and Kate McClelland. Thank you, CT Storytelling Center, for the hard work you put in for all of us!


Motoko Dworkin

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