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Upcoming Storytelling Podcast

I'm in the process of starting a storytelling podcast called "Old Father Williams - A Storytelling Man." The format's pretty simple: I interview a storyteller about how they became a teller, who (or what) their influences are, ask them to share a story, & then tell a story of my own. The definition of 'Storyteller' will be pretty broad, too, including writers, singers, poets, etc. I've got six interviews "in the can" so far, & am working with a local (Emmy winning!) musician…

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Added by George Allen Williams on April 7, 2019 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Update on my play

It's been seven years since I began researching the play THE HARDER COURAGE, six years since I began writing it, and now it's finally reaching the top of the mountain. Last year it was a finalist in the Ashland New Plays Festival and was invited to be one of the inaugural plays on the Play4Keeps podcast site. This year it will be workshopped at Theatre33 in Salem, Ore., and after that I feel confident that I will have an even stronger play.

There are two storytellers in the play: The…

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Added by Leslie Slape on April 7, 2019 at 9:31am — No Comments

Conversations with Storytellers

Over the last ten years we have lost a number of our elders and not so elders, some very unexpectedly. I began to think about this as I read about them I realized that apart from the odd news paper article that one might find, for some of these wonderful and talented storytellers there was precious little about them. I decided to create a podcast, a series of interviews with our elders. I began to reach out and make inquiries. I began to meet storytellers at the conferences and festivals I…

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Added by Simon Brooks on February 1, 2019 at 5:43pm — 1 Comment

All Saints Day

Once upon a time, Halloween & All Saints Day weren't just about costumes and parties and candy; they were about sweetly told family stories.

I am an Acadian ('Cajun,' or South Louisiana French American) by blood, earth , and disposition - my ancestors were Acadians, I was born within the culture, and I am blessed with a "joie de vie" personality. In my Cajun culture of South Louisiana (and many other cultures around the world, I have learned), late afternoon on 'All Hallow's Eve'…

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Added by Storyteller Joe Paris on November 1, 2018 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Summer Coaching Special 2018

Stuck?

Unmotivated?

Lost in the woods?

I gotcha.

Need some coaching work? I’ve been coaching for decades working with artists, communicators, and authors.

Need an affordable push or pull? Take advantage of this following offer.

Hi folks. It’s hot and dry in Arizona this August, after being…

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Added by Sean Buvala on August 6, 2018 at 6:54pm — No Comments

The E.U. & You

When I posted my discussion about the E.U. copyright & internet decisions, this would have been a better title.  Now for the news & why we all should continue to pay attention.  (Please read the discussion to see why this affects the…

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Added by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on July 5, 2018 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Storytelling Tip: Where to Find Anecdotes

Sometimes the hardest part of how to create a story is being able to find the story starters. These anecdotes (and the little brother called the “float”) may at first seem hard to come by. Let me suggest to you a few things that you might use to find the bits and pieces of stories in your life.

Photos

Old photos are usually the first place that storytellers turn to when needing to get a story starter. This is true in both business and personal…

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Added by Sean Buvala on June 25, 2018 at 1:40am — No Comments

Sydney International Storytelling Conference - Call for proposals

Dear Storytelling friends, It would be great to see you in Australia for our 2018 conference. Please pass on the information to others! ( Workshop proposals close soon)

Come to Sydney, Australia and join in with storytellers from different parts of the world to explore new and old ways of bringing oral storytelling to life. It will be a chance to play with ideas, develop skills, share the wisdom of the group as we are…

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Added by Christine Carlton on January 13, 2018 at 6:43am — No Comments

Storytelling Appearance WV

Just finished a Storytelling appearance in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. It was a rather satisfying experience. I had listeners come all the way from Sweden. That was rather satisfying. Delivered at least one of my original stories and that was rather well received.  

Added by David Woodruff on January 8, 2018 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Tis' the Season for Giving

Tis' the Season for Gifts in My Life

At Christmas one year, we began to talk Christmas gifts that were something clever—something with a worth more than dollars.

One of the best Christmases of those years included these gifts for me. My son, Chris, provided a blue fox ice scraper. My son, Dan, gave a small Wonder Woman action figure. I wore the “chicken god” just received from one of my nine bosses. There was an extravagantly wrapped jewel box package from my brother,…

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Added by Patricia Coffie on December 1, 2017 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Life is a journey on a ship.

Life is like a ship; we are born in certain ports and travel to other ports. While traveling we met people on board. While stopping at the port, some stay, others disembark, and others come on board. Most times the travel is smooth; when storms appear, some slip off while others stay travel to the next port to disembark or continue travel. On and on…

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Added by Bobbie Kinkead on November 6, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Recipes for a Whole Story Lifestyle

Check out my last article in an 8 article blog post series. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the entire series.

https://wordpress.com/post/beststorycoach.com/301

Added by Rivka Willick on September 5, 2017 at 9:23am — No Comments

Death of Professional Storyteller (network) Founder, Dianne de Las Casas

The storytelling world and especially those of us at Professional Storyteller are numb with surprise and grief over the loss of Dianne de Las Casas to a…

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Added by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on August 23, 2017 at 3:47pm — 13 Comments

SCAM! Fake member "Kate Kwame"

Dear storytellers,

A fake member under the username of "Kate Kwame" (http://professionalstoryteller.ning.com/profile/KATEKWAME?xg_source=activity)

has recently joined and is trying to scam us. This is the original message they posted/commented on my profile:

Good Day,

How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile…

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Added by Juliana Marín on July 4, 2017 at 6:24am — 2 Comments

I am still here. Got over colon cancer. I finally finished college and got my doctorate in Educational leadership. I am a published author now. My book is called Grandma Honey's Storytelling Hour. I …

I am still here. Got over colon cancer. I finally finished college and got my doctorate in Educational leadership. I am a published author now. My book is called Grandma Honey's Storytelling Hour. I am presently working or trying to work with parents and children on bullying, something I have tried to do years ago. I guess they are taking it serious now. Some parents are taking their children out of school because of the bullying. It is terrible I tell you, something has to be done and it…

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Added by Grandmahoney on May 16, 2017 at 10:35am — 1 Comment

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 frank, at this point I have…

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Added by Kate Lawrence on October 9, 2016 at 7:27pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Kate Lawrence 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 creating a Storytelling Project, that it involves two sets of words…

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Added by Kate Lawrence on September 4, 2016 at 11:50pm — No Comments

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