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March 2008 Blog Posts (95)

Required Reading: Do you have 1000 true fans?

(via boingboing)

Cutting edge thinker and blogger Kevin Kelly summarizes the literature on micro-patronage, micro-celebrity, how the Web lets you connect with audience members, and adds in his thoughts.

Required reading for performing artists on a new model for making a living.

Added by Tim E on March 5, 2008 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments LIVE! In Austin Texas

Our newest program, "the national storytelling conference that comes to you," will kick off in Austin in May. The flyer for the event is at

Why not work with me to make this happen in your neck of the woods, too?

Added by Sean Buvala on March 5, 2008 at 12:05pm — No Comments

What I did to advance my storytelling today

Again, this is for yesterday. Ah the joy of paying four times as much for internet service only to have it be just as slow as the old dialup!

What I did yesterday:

complete my blog about my storytelling day on Monday

Contacted the committee members of the West Virginia FolkFestival to see what I needed to do as the organizer of the Oral Traditions tent. Lined up another… Continue

Added by Granny Sue on March 5, 2008 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Storytelling Festival of Carolina

Hey y'all,

Just wanted to let you know about a great festival that is taking place on April 26-27. The 2nd Annual Storytelling Festival of Carolina. I was a Youth Teller in the festival's first year, and it is an incredible event. This year's festival will feature Len Cabral, Jay O'Callahan, Diane Ferlatte, and Donald Davis. It will take place at the Historic John Blue House in Laurinburg, North Carolina. I am working on my audition tape for the Youth Tellers portion at this very moment.… Continue

Added by Rixon Lane on March 4, 2008 at 3:39pm — 1 Comment

The Story of the Jaguar and Hare, a tale from South America

Once there was an old couple who lived in the rainforests of South America. They were very poor. Their home was nothing more than a ram shackled old hut with gaps in the walls and cracks in the ceiling, which was nice when the stars were out and a full moon was in the sky, but not so wonderful when it was raining. It rains a lot in a rainforest in South America! They were very poor. Their only real possessions were a knife and a couple of pets: a young jaguar and a hare.

One day the… Continue

Added by Simon Brooks on March 4, 2008 at 9:59am — 1 Comment

What I did to advance my storytelling today

Actually yesterday.

It was a storytelling day at a school--I was the reward for good attendance. That felt nice!

It was a great day, and since this was my first gig since--can it be?--November 17th!--I was glad to get some stories out of the bag and dust them off. I did not venture into new territory with this gig, preferring instead to use tried-and-true tales. As usual, the stories drove themselves, with new twists and turns presenting as I told. That is the true magic… Continue

Added by Granny Sue on March 4, 2008 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

"Outside In Storytelling Marketing Boot Camp" Reviews and Urgings

Participant comments from the 2/2008 Marketing Workshop. Our next camp is August 15-17, 2008.

“I think my mind set has been permanently altered by this event. The breadth and depth of your knowledge and your passion to share it are simultaneously… Continue

Added by Sean Buvala on March 4, 2008 at 12:30am — No Comments

My Best Compliment...What was Yours?

I'm walkin on Sunshine as the song says and it all came from a compliment given to me today, actually two. It started like this. I was substitute teaching in our high school today. ( a school of 1300 situated on the campus of the Univesity of Connecticut and serving a 3 towns region, plus students sent in for the Agriculture Education program) I was assigned a social studies teachers coverage. I arrived for first period and scanned the notes left. A student teacher would teach first and third… Continue

Added by Carolyn Stearns on March 3, 2008 at 10:25pm — 10 Comments

CONTEST: The 200+ challenge for All Professional Storyteller Members


You have all done such a great job growing this site - special thanks to Buck, Rachel, Tom, Eric, Sean, Baba and so many others who have spread the word like, well, stories loosed on the wind!

I have a challenge for you: Can we reach or exceed 200 members by the time I return from my international tour (March 20)? We are currently at 87 members. The person who brings the most storytellers on board will receive an autographed copy of my "Wild About… Continue

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on March 3, 2008 at 12:30pm — 16 Comments

Dianne Touring Out of the Country for Three Weeks - Need Professional Storyteller Ambassadors


I am preparing to tour in Guam and the Philippines and will be away for nearly three weeks. Please be Professional Storyteller Ambassadors by welcoming newcomers (leaving welcome messages) and "friending" members. I will check in as often as I can but Internet access may be spotty and I am doing quite a bit of island hopping. You may follow my travels as I will blog on The Story Connection Blog as often as… Continue

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on March 3, 2008 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

What I did to advance my storytelling today

Today was a mixed bag of family issues, work around the house, and work on storytelling.

What I did:

*went to my son's house (the one in Iraq) to clean and make sure everything was OK

*tried to figure out what the best thing is to do with my youngest son who is just out of the AF and suffering with severe anxiety disorder

*pruned the grapevines, cleaned the porch, took care of the peeps (they're growing like crazy), checked on the lettuce bed (it's… Continue

Added by Granny Sue on March 2, 2008 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

First ever Blog Post; A Little About Myself

Hey y'all,

Just thought I'd start my blog by letting people know a little about me. I am a 15-year old sophmore at Woodruff HIgh School (Go Wolverines!!) I play varsity football and jv baseball. I started telling on stage when I was 3 years old at the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival in Woodruff. I haven't shut my mouth since! I have competed in NYSS 4 times and have won my age group 3 of those times. I performed in the 2002 Youthful Voices segment at the National Storytelling Festival. I… Continue

Added by Rixon Lane on March 2, 2008 at 7:59pm — 4 Comments

Timpanogos Conference Report

Yay! After catching up on all the homework, I finally managed to finish the conference report!
Read and enjoy!
And special thanks to everyone who was there!

Added by Csenge Zalka on March 1, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments

What I did to advance my storytelling today

Saturday, March 1

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit! That's what Larry and I said to each other when we woke up this morning--and then we went right back to sleep. Wonder why? Look here.

Today was a day of meetings-not about storytelling directly. One was a meeting of the state poetry society, the other an arts organization brainstorming session. As Rachel noted in one of her posts, we need to network and get out of our… Continue

Added by Granny Sue on March 1, 2008 at 9:16pm — 2 Comments

Chronicling a Storytelling Residency - By Dianne de Las Casas


If you are interested in the chronicles of a storytelling residency, you can visit The Story Connection Blog, where I blogged every day about my arts-in-education residency at a Louisiana school. The kids have been so enthralled with my visit that my website received so many hits, it has nearly exceeded its bandwidth! I've been averaging about 100,000 hits per month but this month, it's more. In addition, many of my students… Continue

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on March 1, 2008 at 12:56pm — No Comments

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