Wow!!!! What a powerful weekend!!!!
Thursday, March 27th, 2008: I arrived with my friend and her daughter on Thursday night and missed much of the concert but saw Kuniko Yamamoto finish up her set!!! Laughed a lot. Saw my dear friend Kim Rivers who is President of the Florida Storytelling Association and responsible with other Board members for putting on the fabulous weekend event I had come for. And what a wonderful weekend it was, too!!!!
Friday, March 28th, 2008: Woke up Friday morning at the crack of dawn (literally), I got up and went in for breakfast. The food was really nourishing and flavorful and then I went to Kuniko Yamamoto's 3-hour workshop, "Mime and Storytelling for Every Body to Enhance Story and Characterization with Mime Movement". What a delightful teacher she was. This was a hands-on experiential class so I can't provide any other info except that it was a wonderful experience. She asked if any of us were working on stories which required movement and I told her about my problem of trying to evoke the character Yuki Onna (The Snow Woman) and how her long black hair swirled around her as she entered and left a room. She showed me a really good move to convey both the long hair and the wind blowing it behind her. I also learned how to climb and descend a ladder but I am still rusty on doing it, but practice makes perfect, I always say, so I will continue to practice it until I have it down.
Lunch came next and then I was so tired, I took a little snooze until 3 p.m., when I attended Pat Nease's workshop, "Original Stories: Ingredients for the Creative Processors." This class rocked!!! Pat Nease is an awesome teacher and was very excited to listen to your ideas and gave you opportunities to ask questions. We talked for a while after class and then I went back to lie down before dinner, to digest the information I had just gained from the two workshops!!! After dinner, I went to bed because I was still exhausted, but it was a much-needed rest I had to get. I am sorry I missed the two storytelling concerts AND the Ghost Story at the Bonfire!!! Oh well, maybe next year.
Saturday, March 29th, 2008: Had breakfast then rushe dto Michael McCarty's workshope, "The Business of Storytelling: So, you want to be a Professional Storyteller." For 3 hours. Michael talked about marketing tools which should be used for success in promoting yourself to the world as a professional storyteller. Business cards, promotional packets, photos, both color and black-and-white, resumes on the back of the photos--some of the things I already had, in fact, I was honored that Michael used my business card and brochure as examples, among others. He answered a lot of questions and graciously added that if we had any questions, we could always contact him. His voice filled the room. What a genuinely kind man.
Lunch follwed Michael's class. I then went to a website workshop complete with a cd-rom AND handout!!! This lady really did her homework. She ended the workshop with a story entitled, The Storyteller. After her class I just walked around, taking in all of the energy. I sustained me for the rest of the weekend. We had dinner and then, following the FSA Meeting, I saw Gathering of Youthful Voices Storytelling What a powerful group of youngsters!!! They are the future of storytelling!!! In fact all of the presenters made me feel welcome in their workshops. Everyone was wonderful and showed me th true meaning of Southern Hospitality.
The Storytelling Concerts were exceptional on Saturday night. And Sunday's stories were wonderful as well. I had a marevlous time and can't wait until next year when it will be the 25th Anniverssary of Flordia StoryCamp.