Category: International Storytelling

Diane Wolkstein – Connecting with Audiences, Other Cultures and Ourselves


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Bio…

Diane Wolkstein is one of the world’s most preminent storytellers and the award-winning author of more than 30 books, CDs, and DVDs. From amusing children’s tales to epic adventures for adults, Wolkstein has performed and collected stories on five continents. Her lively and Read more »

The ISC’s Gamble

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The bankruptcy of the International Storytelling Center is a sad affair and a concern to all citizens of Jonesborough, who recognize the great cultural and economic contributions that the Center and its programming bring to the town. For storytellers and storytelling proponents around the country and the world, however, it is a tragedy in the ancient sense, a drama in which the protagonists have pushed to an avoidable yet seemingly inevitable crisis. As a citizen of Jonesborough, a chronicler of the history of the storytelling movement, a past board member of the National Storytelling Network (NSN), and longtime supporter of both ISC and the National Festival, I would like to recount a version of this story which may help to fill some gaps in the narrative framed so far for the local press and public. In storytelling, point of view is all-important, and the tale is heard quite differently beyond the watershed of Little Limestone Creek.

For the first twenty years of its existence, the Storytelling Festival was produced by a hard-working partnership of storytellers from around the country who made up the Board of the National Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of Storytelling (NAPPS), then the name of the Read more »

Romanian Storytelling Camp

Editors note: The following post was written and submitted too me for the blog after regular listener Mihaela Blaga, a librarian from Romania, wrote me a very nice email describing her work and her success using storytelling as the focus of a retreat in her native county. B. W.

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Hi Eric and readers of the Art of Storytelling Blog,

For me this first storytelling camp was a wonderful experience and also a dream that became reality…..
I decided to have a really entertaining program for this camp, so that it would be special for the children, a really story camp. We had trips, stories, fire camp, parties and of course we played a lot with the sleighs in the snow.
During the three days of camp, we had four storytelling workshops.

I started the “program of stories” with a beautiful one about forgiveness and about what it means to have a good heart full of love and friendship instead of hate or anger, and so, I gave a Read more »

ISC Seeks to Break Agreement with NSN

The International Storytelling Center has asked a bankruptcy judge for permission to alter or annal nullify their contract with the National Storytelling Network.

This is a very personal moment for me – I am invested in the success of both these organizations. I am an active member of NSN and I believe that the ISC is essential for the success of the American storytelling revival. So who do I side with? I side with both organizations – being that I love them both – I am a child of two parents – long divorced – who are quarreling over money while the riches of the worlds drift through their fingers.

I know that many of you are mad at the ISC – I ask you to practice the better part of your nature and forgive… buy your tickets NOW to next years festival – I did – help this Jewel in the Crown of American Storytelling continue… I also ask the board members of NSN to defend NSN’s right to control the National Storytelling Festival and to negotiate with ISC as co-owners of the brand, name and event for the good of both organizations. Clearly no one wants to see ISC go down or NSN stripped of needed funding from the festival that represents members investment in the long term heath of the national storytelling festival.

A few articles on the fiscal history and current events with the ISC is below…
here http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/News/article.php?ID=85483

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/feb/03/court-battle-international-storytelling-festival/

http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/News/article.php?ID=86628

and an interesting rumor of returning to a really old model of the wealthy supporting the arts – yes!
http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/News/article.php?ID=87260

more on the White horse…
Knoxvilebiz Times

The Rescuing Prince on the White Horse may not be so perfect… read a little bit on George Shinn’s Wikipedia entry.

But this article gives a great overview of how George Shinn may have matured and learned from his past mistakes…

Most recent update – http://www.heraldandtribune.com/Detail.php?Cat=HOMEPAGE&ID=59432

All the Best

Brother Wolf
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Antonio Rocha – Accessing the Language of the Body in Storytelling.


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Antonio Writes…
Dear listeners, my journey into storytelling has been a magical one.
First, with my mime training with Tony Montanaro and a bit with Marcel Marceau, taught me a lot about how body language communicates so eloquently. Not by translating a sentence into movement but rather the intention and essence of a narrative. Less is more. Then, I got a BA in theatre arts from The University of Southern Maine, there I learned some more about theatre . So, I started to tell orally but never forgetting the physical eloquence learned from mime. That mixed with my own creativity assured a very particular language. Such approach has given me the opportunity not only to go to the far corners of the world but to far corners of my own soul. The storytelling community is a Read more »

Rafe Martin – Zen and the Art of Spiritual Storytelling.


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Rafe Martin speaks…
Many years ago (staring in the early 1970’s and on) I began walking two traditional roads – that of formal Zen practice and that of storytelling. My first public storytelling events actually took place at the Rochester Zen Center in 1973. For many years the two roads went running in happy parallel, sometimes visible to each other from across the ravine, sometimes hidden by bushes, boulders, trees and vines. In the later part of the 80’s the two roads began to join up and intertwine, weaving in and out, braiding and re-forming from story elements old and older, ancient and new. The worlds of oral storytelling and Read more »

Limor Shiponi – Striding towards Storytelling Mastery


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Limor Shiponi

Limor Shiponi writes…

Mastery is an ambiguous word raising the impulse of ownership and recognition, resonating something standing apart while representing a form of wholeness. What is it about mastery and mastery in storytelling that keeps me at this issue for so long?

For me, mastery is about inspiration, a northern-star I can dream about and act upon. I want to help my audiences, including myself, touch our stars for the Read more »

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