Share a Story - Change the World
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Kate Lawrence on October 9, 2016 at 7:27pm — No Comments
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
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
Added by Kate Lawrence on September 4, 2016 at 11:50pm — No Comments
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…
Added by Kate Lawrence on August 29, 2016 at 9:25pm — No Comments
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;…Continue
Added by Kate Lawrence on August 16, 2016 at 5:52am — No Comments
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…Continue
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:
There is a three part process in true, oral storytelling:
1. Finding a story
2. Crafting your story
3. Performing your story.
In this series of four posts I will be focussing in on the last part, the performing, and in this first post I indulge in a reflective…Continue
Added by Kate Lawrence on July 10, 2016 at 11:21pm — No Comments
Following on from last weeks post, here is a five step process for including senses in your oral stories.
Step one (and I know this is a big one): Be story ready. Have your story worked out. Practice it a few times.
Added by Kate Lawrence on June 14, 2016 at 6:39pm — No Comments
Imagine its a warm day and you are holding a ripe lemon. Its been broken off a small branch of the lemon tree and along with a few lemon tree leaves there is also a little gathering of lemon flowers. Put your nose up to the lemon, breathe in deeply and smell the sweet-sour scent of the fruit. Now…Continue
Added by Kate Lawrence on June 6, 2016 at 8:53pm — No Comments
Ok, so I seem to be the most prolific blogger on this site at the momenty, but assuming that is ok, I will keep putting these posts up....
Oh dear, ethics, what have I unleashed? When I thought all was certain, I find quicksand.
It feels like I'm making a set…Continue
Ethics in personal storytelling, like in most areas, is complex and tricky. In this series of blog posts (which at this point are just a blink in my eye, not planned, let alone written), I want to explore several aspects of storytelling ethics.
Added by Kate Lawrence on May 13, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments
The National Storytelling Network's Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling issues a grant each year to an outstanding storytelling service project. In the past, the Brimstone Award has gone to storytelling projects focused on veterans, at-risk youth, people with life-threatening illnesses, and more. Projects have focused on topics as varied as youth mentoring, environmental conservation, collecting oral histories, grief support, and community development. Learn more about this award…Continue
A few months ago I attended a Year 12 parent teacher interview for my son, Sam. I quite enjoy these outings as it gives me a chance to engage with my beautiful, introverted and semi verbal 17 year old.
The first interview was with his maths teacher…
Added by Kate Lawrence on April 28, 2016 at 8:16pm — No Comments
It was the late 1980’s and I was suffering with spinal problems that had affected my walking. I had lost strength in my body and particularly my legs. It was painful to stand, walk or sit. One day, I was led to some sacred teachings on healing…Continue
Added by Sista' Joy on April 28, 2016 at 1:22pm — No Comments
The more I think about storytelling and explore ways of learning and understanding it, the more amazed I am at how deeply embedded story is in this life, and conversely, how deeply we are embedded in story; it really is the water we swim in.
Added by Kate Lawrence on April 21, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments
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I have just come across a fascinating online story resource called Biology of Story, which describes itself as an interactive documentary . You can…Continue
Added by Kate Lawrence on April 6, 2016 at 5:48pm — No Comments