Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Seven Days To Go: The National Storytelling Summit Is Coming

Time is a ticking on by, everybody!

The summit is on the horizon!

Seven more days to go!

Online registration is closed...but don't worry. You can still sign up in person.

There is so much going on there you will be sad to miss it.

There is so much good crammed into this conference I am not sure how this schedule can hold all of it! I'll prove it.

Heather Forest.

That's right. I'll say it again.

Heather Forest.

Liz Nichols
She's an author, musician, and storyteller who will be talking about storytelling and composition.

Liz Nichols is also going to be there. She's going to be talking about using storytelling in museum galleries.

One of my favorite powerhouse teams is also going to be there.

Milbre Burch and Gay Ducey. I'd go see those two women do anything. The fact that will be talking about being an effective MC? Well, that's going to be a thing not to miss!

Tell it, Gay!

Sara Beth Nelson

We've also got Sean Buvala giving an intensive called "How to be a medium fish in a small pond."  I'm guessing this is about making a living within your local market...I could be wrong though. You'll have to come and see!

Then there is the wonderful Sara Beth Nelson talking about telling challenging stories.

Nirajana Ela Bajeree
There are some names on the list I know nothing of, but the research I have done on who they are makes me excited to learn more about them. Take Nirajana Ela Banjeree for instance. She will be talking about storytelling and social justice! Her background makes her an amazing spokesperson! Check out her link above.

The more I look at the list of tellers strutting their stiff this year, the more excited I am that I will be there!

Michael McCarty
Antonio Rocha
Priscilla Howe
Jennifer Munro

Here is one of my favorite Jennifer Munro tales!

There is more!

Beth Ohlsson
Rachel Harrington
Cici Woo who founded "Chew On This Storytelling"

Oh, that's just Friday! I didn't even run down the performances!

Could you bear to be anywhere else?

I certainly can't!

See you there!


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Ten Days To The Storytelling Summit: Good Stuff!

Ten Days To Go!

I know, I know. You are wondering, "Why should I be on site for this? What is the big deal?"

Susan O'halloran
I suppose that depends on your interests...

Want to partake of some Susan O'halloran?   That's right. I started with something huge.

Now you're thinking, "Slow your roll, girl! You put everything on the table! You started with your aces. How are you going to top that?"

Others might be saying, "I have no interest in building strong, diverse, compassionate, understanding communities in the world! What else have you got?"

George Dawes Green

Well...there is the keynote speaker this year. He might interest some people. His name is George Dawes Green.  Apparently, he founded something called The Moth. Some of you may have heard of it.

I know, I know, that isn't everybody's cup of tea either.

So, I didn't mention the Master Classes. They will be taught by a range of storytellers and they will cover topics like podcasting - a thing about which I know nothing, the power and art of storytelling: The Griot's Gift - I'm going to this one because Charlotte Blake Alston.

Click on the Master Class Link to see them all!

Doubtless, there are still those of you saying, "So what? I just want some storytelling. That's all I'm about!"

Well, that isn't a problem.

There will be loads of storytelling. In fact, there are fringe shows. You know, those shows you won't find on offer during the kid's hour. The after hours, intimate tellings that are often on the cusp of risky or downright risky? Finge!

Jeff Gere, Cynthia Changaris, Ann Harding, Dorothy Cleveland and Barbara Schutzgruber, and Norah Dooley will be strutting their stuff.
Jeff Gere

Here is the complete list of Fringe shows. Something might tickle your fancy!

Oh, and just in case you were wondering...that's just THURSDAY!

How is that for an opening?

Come! Join Us! Trust me, there is something here for everyone!


Saturday, July 13, 2019

Youth Educators and Storyteller's Alliance - YES! 11 Days To Go!

National Storytelling Summit

The Summit Is Coming! the summit is coming! the summit is coming! the summit is coming!

                                                           July 25th - 28th

I belong to the Youth, Educators, and Storyteller's Alliance/Stories in Higher Education Special Interest Group, or SIG.

We specialize in using storytelling in education for every person on their lifelong journey through learning.

Do you belong to a SIG?

If not, there are quite a few possible options.

I am a member of YES! I hope you are too.

 If Yes, Hooray! Glad you are on board!

You are eligible to participate in our mentorship program!

If No, click the link to see what we are about.

Do you have questions about performance in educational settings?

-How does one get started in this aspect of storytelling?
-How do you find work?
-What are effective ways to work with kids in schools?
-What kind of stories should I tell?
-How beneficial are showcases?
-What are showcases?
-What should I charge?
-What are some resources?
-What kinds of stories work best for different ages?
-Should I teach residencies?
-How do I write a lesson plan?
-How much work do I need to do with the teachers?
-Can you make a living only working in schools?
-I don’t work in schools, but now I’m curious.

Are you interested in using storytelling in your work with youth?

I am an educator, and I want…

-To use storytelling to make my lessons more engaging!
-To use storytelling to help my students become better public speakers.
-To learn to tell better stories!
-To start a storytelling club!
- To use storytelling to create community in the classroom.
- To teach my students to tell stories. What should I be expecting of them?



If you have had questions like these, observations or thoughts about working with stories in educational settings, but few answers, then YES is the place for you!

Would You Like a Mentor to Help You Tackle Your Questions about Storytelling in Education?

If you are already a member, you have the opportunity to work with a mentor if you want one!

If you are not a member and getting a mentor to help you through some of these questions sounds like a good idea, click the link below!

We offer four hours of mentoring over the course of two months – FOR FREE! If you want or need more, then you can work out an arrangement with your mentor.

Here is a list of storytellers who offer mentoring opportunities for YES!

Don’t let another day go by with unanswered questions. Let our YES Mentors help you today!

"Wait a minute!" you might say. "All of these links are fine, but want to talk to someone in person!"

Well, you are in luck!

YES is going to be hosting a "Stump The Pros" panel at the summit! Come and ask us questions. We might not have all of the answers, but between us...there isn't much we don't know about working with stories in education!

See you in California!

Friday, July 12, 2019

National Storytelling Summit Twelve Days And Counting!

Chocolate Martini - She'll be there!
Carrie Sue Ayvar will be there too
Priscilla Howe is going to teach us about writing

National Storytelling Summit Is almost here!

It is almost here! It is almost time. We are California bound.

It is almost time for sitting around and talking about storytelling over Chocolate Martinis.

It is time to see people you haven't seen since the last conference.

It is time to meet the people you are only on Facebook with.

It is time to make new storytelling acquaintances and check-in with old ones. 

Most importantly....It is time to learn from some wonderful tellers.

I'm going to get a chance to take a Master Class with Charlotte Blake Alston on Thursday the 25th. 

Carrie Sue Ayvar is going to spill the beans on working with the tiniest audience members.  

Priscilla Howe is going to talk about using storytelling to teach writing. Ever wondered about that? Come and see!

I'm going to be there too!

Hope to see you there!