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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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…

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Added by Kate Lawrence on August 29, 2016 at 9:25pm — No Comments

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;…

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Added by Kate Lawrence on August 16, 2016 at 5:52am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Kate Lawrence on August 8, 2016 at 10:48pm — 2 Comments

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:

  1. Knowledge
  2. Self awareness and…
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Added by Kate Lawrence on August 1, 2016 at 1:33am — 2 Comments

Performance Cooking or The Climax of Telling

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…

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Added by Kate Lawrence on July 10, 2016 at 11:21pm — No Comments

Five Step Process for Bringing Senses into Your Storytelling

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.  



Step two:…

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Added by Kate Lawrence on June 14, 2016 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Smell that Lemon - Using Senses in Storytelling

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…

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Added by Kate Lawrence on June 6, 2016 at 8:53pm — No Comments

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