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Nuggets of Knowing in Stories Past

I’m in the middle of mulling a story.  It is really the beginning of the crafting process, I am thinking at irregular intervals about the various different angles I can approach the material.  I ask myself every so often what is the story about, what is the meaning of it all, how does it help me make sense of this life.  And to be…See More
Oct 9, 2016
Kate Lawrence and Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) are now friends
Oct 2, 2016
Kate Lawrence commented on Kate Lawrence's blog post A Storytelling Imposter Was at The Moth!
"Hi Lois,  Thanks so much for your responses, they are very much appreciated.  i recovered from this moment quickly, which I why i could write about it. My aim was to tell a story about not telling so well, to examine the reasons why we…"
Oct 2, 2016
Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) commented on Kate Lawrence's blog post A Storytelling Imposter Was at The Moth!
"I often hate the way replies (& blogs) give the most recent 1st.  Please start at the bottom to read this in the order I thought it. I clicked out of this discussion and then took a look at your title, A Storytelling Imposter Was at the…"
Oct 1, 2016
Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) commented on Kate Lawrence's blog post A Storytelling Imposter Was at The Moth!
"You wonder if "Maybe the Moth isn’t the best place for me to tell my stories?"  I see no reason we must all conform to that to be a storyteller.  You evaluated what your approach to storytelling requires for you. …"
Oct 1, 2016
Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) commented on Kate Lawrence's blog post A Storytelling Imposter Was at The Moth!
"Oh, Kate, off P.S. we've talked a bit about how personal stories are rare for me.  Perhaps this is one of those reasons the Moth or "slam" style of stories is an area of storytelling I avoid.  Of course some of my stories…"
Oct 1, 2016
Kate Lawrence posted a blog post

A Storytelling Imposter Was at The Moth!

I bombed at The Moth. Yep, in front of 300 people I performed so badly I was the lowest score of the night! I don’t have storyteller imposter syndrome, I am an imposter, a storytelling imposter.Or am I?Let me review.On reflection I think my story structure was sound.  My story was heartfelt, it was personal, it was about a…See More
Sep 22, 2016
Kate Lawrence posted a blog post

The Four L's of Storytelling

I have this wacky theory I’d like to explore here on my computer screen, that involves the letter L.  It seems to be a happy happenstance that words with the same first letter can often be grouped together.I noticed the other day when writing out the first step for creating a Storytelling Project, that it involves two sets…See More
Sep 4, 2016
Kate Lawrence posted a blog post

Storytelling as One of the Feeling Arts

When I teach storytelling workshops one of the hardest thing for me to explain is the nature of the progress that needs to be made by the teller in the story;  the internal journey of the teller.  And a critical part of this if showing us the emotions that they felt as they grapples with the events, makes sense of them and arrive…See More
Aug 29, 2016
Kate Lawrence posted a blog post

Recovering From the Wordless Wilderness

I was always terrified of public speaking, yet drawn to it was as well.  While I debated through my high school years, I was a first speaker in the debating team which meant I knew exactly what I was going to say. If I had to give some rebuttal I was beside myself with nerves; unscripted speaking was not for me. I needed to be…See More
Aug 16, 2016
Kate Lawrence commented on Kate Lawrence's blog post Three Crucial Keys to Story Performance (No 2 of 4)
"Thanks Lois, I just keep putting here what I put on my blog and who know where it will land."
Aug 11, 2016
Kate Lawrence commented on Kate Lawrence's blog post How to avoid being stiff with story and wooden with words!
"Thanks Lois."
Aug 11, 2016
Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) commented on Kate Lawrence's blog post How to avoid being stiff with story and wooden with words!
"This is precisely why I value storytelling being beyond acting!"
Aug 11, 2016
Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) commented on Kate Lawrence's blog post Three Crucial Keys to Story Performance (No 2 of 4)
"Kate, we get not only the experienced storyteller here, but those still trying it out.  Your blogs do an excellent job with this.  Of course we all need these affirmations before facing our audiences and, yes, they definitely want our…"
Aug 11, 2016
Kate Lawrence posted a blog post

How to avoid being stiff with story and wooden with words!

It can be a delicate operation to separate a story’s performance issues from a story’s content and structure.  In this series I am only looking delivery, not content.I mentioned in the last post something I have dubbed being ‘stiff with preparation’ and this happens when we have too much riding on the event. We…See More
Aug 8, 2016
Kate Lawrence posted a blog post

Three Crucial Keys to Story Performance (No 2 of 4)

Now I know that you know that there are whole books dedicated to public speaking so I don’t expect to cover the field in this wee blog post, but I would like to focus on three areas:KnowledgeSelf awareness and self talkPreparationKnowledgePerforming and being comfortable talking in front of a group of people,…See More
Aug 1, 2016

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Professional Storyteller is a network for people who work in the field of oral storytelling. Please write a brief paragraph about your work.
I am constantly amazed by the impact of finding, crafting and telling our stories, and listening as others do the same. I love to make sense of and entertain with stories from 'real life', and also to teach others to mine their lives for meaning and stories. My storytelling practice has ranged across the storytelling genres, beginning with traditional tales, and settling on memoir stories for adults. I work with people and groups from all walks of life. I am on the committee of Storytelling Australia Victoria.

Kate Lawrence's Blog

Nuggets of Knowing in Stories Past

I’m in the middle of mulling a story.  It is really the beginning of the crafting process, I am thinking at irregular intervals about the various different angles I can approach the material.  I ask myself every so often what is the story about, what is the meaning of it all, how does it help me make…

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Posted on October 9, 2016 at 7:27pm

A Storytelling Imposter Was at The Moth!

I bombed at The Moth. Yep, in front of 300 people I performed so badly I was the lowest score of the night! 

I don’t have storyteller imposter syndrome, I am an imposter, a storytelling imposter.

Or am I?

Let me review.

On reflection I think my story…

Continue

Posted on September 22, 2016 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

The Four L's of Storytelling

I have this wacky theory I’d like to explore here on my computer screen, that involves the letter L.  

It seems to be a happy happenstance that words with the same first letter can often be grouped together.

I noticed the other day when writing out the first step for…

Continue

Posted on September 4, 2016 at 11:50pm

Storytelling as One of the Feeling Arts

When I teach storytelling workshops one of the hardest thing for me to explain is the nature of the progress that needs to be made by the teller in the story;  the internal journey of the teller.  

And a critical part of this if showing us the emotions that they felt as they grapples…

Continue

Posted on August 29, 2016 at 9:25pm

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