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September 2008 Blog Posts (51)

Hello World!(Bill and Kath Worsfold)

Hi Storytellers! I have just uploaded a song from one of our CDs. It's one of Bill's songs "I Only Spoke Portuguese", and it tells the story of Bill's great-grandfather. He had quite an adventurous life! I also updated our profile.


Added by Bill and Kath Worsfold on September 29, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

The Lipstick Writer wishes you a L'Shana Tova

I wanted to take a moment, before I go crazy cooking and cleaning and realizing that my house is hopeless, then realizing that I did the best I could and it's good enough, to wish everyone a healthy and happy New Year.

If you haven't guessed from my name, Rivka, I am Jewish. Sunset tonight begins our New Year and ten days of introspection. It's a time when we look at ourselves and the things we've done over the past year. We reconnect with others and try to make right the mistakes… Continue

Added by Rivka Willick on September 29, 2008 at 6:40am — 5 Comments

Sharing this unique time with you....Dussehra

Today( 30th Sept.) marks the beginning of 10 days of celebrations for Hindus in India called Dussera. It overlaps with the Muslim festivities and austerities in the same holy month, called Ramzan.

Every festival in India is associated with a story! That is the uniqueness of our collectivistic culture. Every festival is a reason for us to socialise, with neighbours with family and with friends. There is more, every region will have a different story to tell for the same festivities!! Some… Continue

Added by sowmya srinivasan on September 29, 2008 at 4:30am — No Comments

It's here! The Story Biz Handbook: How to Manage Your Storytelling Career from the Desk to the Stage


I just received my author's copies of The Story Biz Handbook and it looks terrific. It hits the shelves on September 30, 2008. Order your copy now from Libraries Unlimited

About the book:

"This dynamite book merges the yin and yang of storytelling and business. Beginning with wonderful tips and advice about the art and presentation of storytelling, it is… Continue

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on September 28, 2008 at 3:03am — 2 Comments

Vexed (Layne Gneiting)

Where, oh where, has reverence and respect vanished to? Last night, to culminate a week-long residency, I regaled young and old with a variety of tales. Right from the bat I felt ill at ease. The well-meaning principal encouraged children to pack along pillows and blankets so they could sprawl on the floor. And these glorious children came in droves with their parents--a wonderfully packed gym. But perhaps too packed. Children clung to my speakers, indulging in their need to touch speakers,… Continue

Added by Layne Gneiting on September 26, 2008 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Next Month's Marketing Telecourse: Spots Still Available

How about the chance to double your income next year? You might be able to do it when you know the real secrets of marketing.

The "Outside In Storytelling Marketing Boot Camp" telecourse edition begins next week! Every Wednesday evening is your chance to take your storytelling business to the next level.

This is the time. If you can't make every Wednesday, that is okay. The recordings will be…

Added by Sean Buvala on September 26, 2008 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Whoppers: The art of exaggeration in storytelling

October 2008: Whoppers

Have you ever told a whopper? Even if you're one of the rare people who haven't, you've no doubt heard your share of them in your time. In contemporary America, it's become a comedic cliché to begin a gag with “It was so (hot, cold, strange, big, little, etc) that...” and then proceed with an outlandishly humorous exaggeration. We've borrowed this formula extensively for our stage adaptation of “…


Added by Act!vated Story Theatre on September 24, 2008 at 10:45pm — 1 Comment

A personal note from Mimi

Hi! I want to brag a bit and let you all know that I am going to be in Audubon, Iowa (between Omaha and Des Moines) this weekend to celebrate with my uncle, and others, his 100th birthday. I am so happy to report that he is alert and upright, although occasionally he uses a wheelchair. He has a wonderful sense of humor, and he is as surprised as anyone that he has lived a century. I can't wait to hear what he has to say about it.

Think of all the changes between 1908 and 2008!!!… Continue

Added by Mimi Rockwell on September 23, 2008 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

FFHL Blog--"Storytelling within KBYU TV & Family Reality Show"--posted by Rachel Hedman

I was not surprised when I read, "BYU is home to the nation's largest collection of family scholars" in the Deseret News article BYU is launching family reality show on… Continue

Added by Rachel Hedman on September 23, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

When Storytelling is Worthless

A good corporate story is worthless if you do not have the product or service to back it up. Welcome to the world of the dangerous “Lure Story.”

I have been teaching and training storytelling for several decades. I have come to know that storytelling should be the most-used tool in your metaphorical toolbox when you want to communicate anything to anyone about any subject.

A story is powerful except when you can not back up the…

Added by Sean Buvala on September 23, 2008 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

"Storytelling Heroes" takes off nationwide


Heroes is a campaign to both raise awareness OF storytelling and raise money FOR storytelling. Our goal is to sponsor 100 regional storytelling events which will each raise $250 from September 2008 to December 2009.


No. The HEROES campaign is the same as Storytelling HEROES.


The Advancement Team is made up of seven NSN… Continue

Added by National Storytelling Network on September 23, 2008 at 12:30am — No Comments

Brought down by the Shingles

Shingles are definately an unwanted surprise. I have cancelled "My finest hour" show,Growing up on Route 66, and will re-schedule for some time in the winter. Look for updates on my blog. Meanwhile I am not accepting any further gigs until well over this bothersome attack of shingles.

Added by Marjorie Shaefer - a.k.a. - Mother Goose on September 22, 2008 at 11:12am — No Comments

Doing an Event Part Storytelling / Part Historic Interpretation Tips

I have been asked to do a program next spring that will be a fund-raising event with speakers, mini-workshops, and storytelling. My session will be some stories and some tips for people who want to spice up their own events or history site with storytelling.

My undergraduate degree was in history and have done storytelling for about 15 years now... I have some information on the basic process, philosophy, etc. of walking tour storytelling, historic interpretation, historic site… Continue

Added by Marilyn A. Hudson - Storyteller on September 20, 2008 at 7:01pm — 2 Comments

Thrashed Voice, Discoveries, and Enlightenment (Layne Gneiting)

As I type, I'm sitting on my parents' couch nursing my voice back to full strength.

Though I now reside in the desert of Arizona, I hail from the vale of mountains and farmlands in Idaho. It's back to this tender land I drove for a few week-long storytelling residencies. Early on, in this first one, I could tell that I was pushing too hard. I've a tendency to do that. Typically I follow a daily vocal routine that includes stretching, relaxing, and freeing the voice, and this lends… Continue

Added by Layne Gneiting on September 20, 2008 at 6:08pm — No Comments

Storytelling in Newfoundland and Labrador - Fall Report

Storytelling continues in Newfoundland and Labrador! This summer was no exception, with lots of events and activities.

Kelly Russell was busy all summer with the "Time in Pigeon Inlet" project in Bay Roberts, which was a truly immersive event, with enactments of Ted Russell's works and story telling, songs, Newfoundland dance, and traditional Newfoundland food. It was immensely popular. More information at…


Added by Dale Jarvis on September 19, 2008 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Back to School : Explorers, Adventurers Wanted! By Storyteller Joe Paris

Back to School: Explorers, Adventurers Wanted!

By: Storyteller Joe Paris

To students of all ages about to go back to school or start schooling or learning of one kind or another: you’re in the midst of one of the most exciting times for storytelling in your life right now.

It’s a time filled with unlimited opportunity for you to be storytelling explorers and adventurers, if you will only summon your natural curiosity, show enthusiasm, act with respect, and take… Continue

Added by Storyteller Joe Paris on September 19, 2008 at 12:51pm — No Comments

A New Beginning

So, here I am making my first Blog posting, thanks to Rachel Hedman. Also with her help, I have added pictures to my Professional Storyteller site, and joined a couple of groups. My whole problem with taking so long to get all this done is that I find myself over-worked and under-organized. With all the good things that are happening in my storytelling/performer career, what I truly need is to organize, cut out the fat, and focus on what really matters: the writing of stories, songs, poems, and… Continue

Added by Max Tell on September 18, 2008 at 4:29pm — 3 Comments

PTA Reflections includes Storytelling!

The Reflections program is a key program promoted by the National PTA. It is an art contest that allows students at a local level to submit art in many areas. Submissions are made at a local level, and move up to the national level. Utah state has added to the Reflections program by allowing its own state categories. This includes Theater, Film and Video, Dance and Three Dimensional Art. A new subheading under theater, however, has me very excited. This year, the… Continue

Added by Julie Barnson on September 18, 2008 at 3:52pm — 2 Comments

Visit my site about my homeland: Acadiana, Louisiana, USA ( )


Join us ! Visit Us ! Celebrate our "joie de vie" !

The best aspect of the internet (and with storytelling) is the sharing.

This is a site about my homeland of Cajun Louisiana, the crucible of all the stories I have come to love and share.

- Joe…


Added by Storyteller Joe Paris on September 18, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Lefty "Speedball" Madden

Last night I did my first official tell at the Georgetown guild of the KY Storytellers hosted by Buck P. Creacy. I've been refining this story under the tutilage of Buck, and it has been an amazing learning process. I'm enjoying every bit of it. Right now my biggest challenge is finding time to focus on it. So far so good.

My dad used to tell this story, but he died when I was 16. My brother and I have tried to put the pieces back together from our combined memory of his story… Continue

Added by Ashley McGlone on September 17, 2008 at 8:08pm — 1 Comment

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