Workshop on connecting myth, folklore, history and personal story.
Connecting your personal
experiences with time-honored stories is a potent way to achieve
universal resonance with an audience.
This hands-on workshop is
divided between small group and individual work. Participants
are guided step-by-step to think through a myth (provided in a
handout) in order to find their own related stories. Then they
reverse the process, first finding personal anecdotes through
prompts, then brainstorming myths and folklore that relate to
their own story.
Lynn finishes by suggesting ways these stories
can be crafted into unified pieces.
Writing, Telling: Making Stories from Your Memories
workshop is all about uncovering and writing stories from your own
life. It's for storytellers who want to write stories that they
can tell orally, and it's for people who want to write a narrative
of their lives as a gift for their families.
The workshop starts with exercises that help in finding story ideas.
Then it flows to exercises that help mine that topic for interesting
details. It then moves naturally into writing the story. But that's
not all-the next piece is exploring ways to flesh out the story
so it can be revised into a satisfying piece of work. Sprinkled
in along the way are some simple ways to warm up for the whole creative
process. Some of the exercises and brainstorming and follow-up are
done as a group, and some are done individually. We use verbal and
written techniques. Each section of the workshop builds on what
went before, so participants feel ready for each new step along
Character! Quick but sure-fire tricks and techniques for creating
characters for storytelling
the fun of storytelling is that the teller can switch back and forth
between several different characters while telling a story. The
teller's body and voice are the building blocks of those characters,
so during this workshop, we start with an exercise that demonstrates
how body position directly affects the voice. Then we experiment
with how to find characterization ideas from photographs, from walking
in a variety of postures, and from altering speech patterns. Finally,
each person applies some of these techniques to a folktale (copies
of which are provided as part of the workshop), and shares with
a partner, so that everyone goes home with a new story they've told
and techniques they can continue to use in the future.
Learn, You're On! Building New Programs
been asked to tell stories for children, but the site wants a theme
you haven't done before. This workshop gives you ways to find new
material and alter stories you already know to fit the new theme.
Participants see and hear examples of many story elements (such
as songs, fingerplays, drawn stories, folded stories, dances, and
puppets). As a group, participants build a new program during the
workshop. Everyone goes home with handouts containing copies of
some of these stories, fingerplays and extension ideas, plus a bibliography
of the tools for finding these ingredients for any topic that comes
up in the future
the biggest fears people have is of talking in public. This workshop
is a gentle introduction to the pleasures of storytelling. Participants
hear stories. They exchange story fragments with partners. They
get energized with some warm-up storytelling exercises. Finally,
in groups they read short, simple stories and are led in an easy-to-learn
technique to the point where they can retell a story themselves
in an encouraging environment. All this and more in a workshop 1
to 2 hours long!
Tales of History
watch and hear portions of stories from history. They then learn
the process of researching facts and thinking about these facts
as story. They try out several ways of approaching history as
story, from tableaus (freezes) to simple poetry. Then the
group is given information about a historical character, and led
to figuring out the who, what, where, and when of a setting for
their own version of the story. They are guided through ways of
thinking about what the people in their story might have thought
and felt. Finally, in groups they apply what they've learned,
figuring out how to present the story to the rest of the group.
By the end, it is clear how history comes alive if you add Gardner's
Multiple Intelligences (verbal, logical, visual, physical, musical,
extrovert, and introvert).