Posts tagged: West Coast Storytelling

Tim Ereneta – Bringing Storytelling to the Fringe.


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Storyteller Tim Ereneta storytelling Prince Charming

Tim Erenta writes…
Here’s the best thing about a storytelling performance in a Fringe Festival: I don’t have to wait to be discovered. I don’t have to worry about offending my host with my material. The stories that I want to tell, whether they are sacred or profane, personal or traditional: it’s all up to me. I get to decide what I want to put onstage. Such artistic freedom is exhilarating.

Here’s the worst thing about storytelling performance in a Fringe Festival: the audience gets to decide what show they want to see. The stories that I want to tell: there is no guarantee that audiences will want to hear them.

The challenge, then, is to connect to Read more »

Angela Lloyd – The Listening Way of the Storyteller.


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Angela Lloyd Storyteller playing the Washboard

Angela Lloyd writes:

Eric Wolf and I met for this interview in the lobby of the Warner Center Marriot on Friday, July 30th, 2010 at 7 AM. We were attending the bi-annual National Storytelling Network Conference in Woodland Hills, Ca.
I mention this so you can see the landscape, and note the time, for these are details that I value as a listener and worker of the word.

What you will find here as the conversation unfolds is a dialogue focused on a number of themes close to my heart.

1. How the teller listens in various ways to the story they are telling.

2. How the structure of a story plays a large part in understanding its path.

3. How Read more »

Literacy the Old Fashioned Way with Joy…

or Teaching Without Pressuring the Teacher to Teach or the Child to Learn

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Stories and songs are natural teachers and create natural paths to literacy.
Stir a child’s imagination with stories, songs, and poems, and you feed the roots of learning. Once memorized, a single sentence from a piece of prose, a song, or a poem, creates a model for many hundreds of sentences to come.

The linguistic significance of these models looks deceptively simple, but every sentence or stanza, no matter how short, is packed with grammatical and syntactic models. Let’s take a closer look at one simple stanza from my song, Bug in My Hand:

There’s a bug in my hand,

and it climbed on my nose,

and it played a bass drum,

bum, bum, bum, bum.

Here are a few of the grammatical (syntactic) structures in this one short stanza. Read more »

Ruth Stotter – Working with Props (and string) in Storytelling.


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Ruth Stotter Writes….
I love the idea that as a storyteller, you travel light. A “bag” of stories takes up no room and is easy to carry around. But I also love interspersing stories with props – both as a folklorist carrying on old traditions and as a way of adding a visual component. Puppets, masks, and origami are among my favorites. You asked why I am currently so intrigued with string stories Read more »

Catherine Burns – Artistic Director of The Moth – Diamonds in the Rough – Coaching New Storytellers.


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A representation of The Moth storytelling powerhouse of NYC and LA appearing on the Art of Storytelling with Brother Wolf.

The Moth is America's #1 storytelling podcast with over 600,000 downloads a month and at least 100,000 listeners. Catherine Burns is one of the minds behind the curtain at The Moth storytelling main stage in NYC and LA.

The Moth storytelling website.

Literacy and Storytelling in the 21st Century with Michael D. McCarty

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Micheal D. McCarty Storyteller speaking to a High-school about the Art of Storytelling and Literacy.

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Storytelling and literacy in the 21st century.

Michael D. McCarty writes…
That which does not evolve dies. The ability to change, grow and adapt is essential to the survival of any species, society or ideal. Storytelling has been around since the dawn of man, which says a lot for the viability of this essential art form. Throughout human history stories have been used to inform, inspire, educate and more. Storytelling is part of our DNA.
So what is the role of literacy and storytelling in the 21st century?
How is it evolving? The National Storytelling Network’s Storytelling Interest Groups (SIGs) give an indication. Storytelling has Read more »

Margaret Read MacDonald – Telling Across Language Barriers

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Margaret Read MacDonald stands next to her collection of books she has authered.

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Margaret Read MacDonald writes…
In 1994 one day the phone on my desk at the Bothell Library rang. A professor from Drew University was on the line. “Dr. Wajuppa Tossa would like you to call her in Thailand right away,” he said. “She wants you to come over there as a Fulbright Scholar.” I hung up and sat stunned. A Fulbright Scholar. To Thailand? Could I do that? I had a fulltime job as a children’s librarian. But maybe; I dialed the Thailand number right away to find out more. A very drowsy Dr. Wajuppa roused herself from her 3 am sleep to answer. First problem with communicating across language barriers? Get your time zones right!

It was in fact possible for me to go off to Thailand. The Fulbright program did accept me and the King County Library System gave me a sabbatical. So I arrived at the Read more »

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