A Compelling Story: Power and Practice
2016/17 Storytelling Workshop Series
As a Guild, we take our responsibility to develop storytellers very seriously. To that end, each year, we offer four, three-hour workshop on the art, craft and business of storytelling. Past workshops have included such topics as body language, character development, beginning storytelling, finding your own stories and more.
This year our workshop committee is pleased to present our latest line-up of exciting, innovative and fun workshops! Whether you are new to storytelling or an experienced performer, you will gain insights into the many elements that make a story memorable, as well as techniques for presenting your story to an audience. Hands on excitement, new concepts and ideas.
All the workshops support each other to create a whole world of new experiences. Each workshop can stand alone, however, so don’t be put off if your calendar doesn’t allow time for the entire series.
Cost: Guild Members $60; Non-members $75
Individual Workshops: Guild Members $25; Non-members $30
Dates & Time: Saturday, October 15, 2016; January 14, 2017; March 11, 2017; May 13, 2017. 9:30 – 12:30 pm. Doors open at 9:00
Location:Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219 – Room 30
Three Workshop Series Pass:
NEW DATE: February 11, 2017
Woids. Woids? Woids! What’s Wid Dem Woids?
Presenter: Eric Foxman
Words are the building blocks for telling a story. Other elements (intonation/accent, gesture, movement, facial expression) build upon and accentuate the words. What words and phrases do we choose to convey: setting; action; meaning? In this workshop, we’ll dissect the story’s words to gain a conscious insight into the choices we make to enhance our telling. What to say? What not to say? With these basics, we’ll turn pictures into words and discuss our choices.
BONUS 4-HOUR WORKSHOP
February 25, 2017
9:30 – 1:30
Fire and Water—Mining Powerful Personal Stories
Guest presenter Jim May, EMMY award-winning storyteller and author.
Entertainment and inspirational narratives in our culture are dominated by stories of heroic achievement and of triumph: of victims saved, goals reached, and passions fulfilled.
However, from youth to old age, life experience reminds us that not all passionate action, however well intended, leads to fulfillment and that not everyone and everything can be saved. Likewise, world mythology and spiritual parables from all faiths advise us that we must recognize and face the demons, failures, and discouragements if our life paths are to lead to eventual peace, integration, and serenity; that, in fact, there are riches to mine from difficult times.
This workshop will explore life’s crooked and undulating path upon which most of us tread — the path that does not always rise with the heat and spirit of passion and inspiration but meanders like water, uncertain of its eventual goal, and yet often leads to the unexplored, underground caverns where our gold awaits, shimmering in the darkness.
Participants will be invited to explore the territory of our conflicts, rake the coals of our most paradoxical relationships, and life stations, to find the buried, glowing coals of insight from which can be shaped meaningful stories.
MARCH 11, 2017
Finding Your Path as a Storyteller: Discovering Your Own Hero’s Journey
Presenter: Pam Maben
Step out of your everyday storytelling life to look at the longer arc of your story journey.
Explore your own hero’s journey as storytellers to understand where we have been and where we are headed; reflect on what works and what doesn’t along our current course. We’ll ask ourselves WHY we are doing this and articulate what is important to us in our story work.
Through guided imagery, peer sharing, and reflection, we’ll discover ways in which our journeys inform each other, gathering wisdom and perspective from others in the group. We’ll identify ways to carry our own work forward with integrity, purpose and direction, finding our own voices.
MAY 13, 2017
Stories in Our Lives: Finding and Shaping Your Family Stories
Presenter: Steven Henegar
Rediscover family stories as a source for performance or for sharing informally within your immediate family.
What kind of stories do families tell? Where do we hear them? Discover simple techniques for exploring memory to find new story material, and the elements of a well-crafted family story.
An exciting, hands-on workshop offers examples and simple performance techniques along with group discussion and small group exercises that provide an opportunity for everyone to explore and share.