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Storytelling : 4 sessions for beginners
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Storytelling : 4 sessions for beginners

with Dennis Strain

“Traditionally, oral stories were committed to memory and then passed from generation to generation. However, in Western, literate societies, written and televised media have largely surpassed this method of communicating local, family and cultural histories. Oral storytelling remains the dominant medium of learning in many countries with low literacy rates."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storytelling

This is a course for those who want to tell stories but do not know how to begin.  The first session, Developing The Skills, examines the basic components of a story and uses a storyboard for learning how to tell it.  The second session, Enhancing The Story, uses props, movement and dialogue to make a story more interesting.  The third session focuses on description and movement.  The final session reviews the rules and provides the students a safe place in which to exercise their newly found skills.  Each session includes instruction, demonstrations, and exercises to develop these new skills.
The course bridges the gap between wanting to tell a story and being able to tell.  It gives the student the tools for breaking apart a story and assembling it into an entertaining presentation.  The exercises provide opportunities for exploring ideas and discovering new skills.

Dennis Strain has been telling stories for twenty years.  He learned from taking numerous workshops and taught this workshop for the Unitarian Society of Germantown and for Mt. Airy Learning Tree.  Dennis is a member of Patchwork: A Storytelling Guild. http://www.patchworkstorytelling.org/
The members of Patchwork: A Storytelling Guild are dedicated to promoting awareness of storytelling as a vibrant contemporary art form, a folk tradition, a way of celebrating life, a tool for personal and social transformation, and as a path for spiritual exploration.

If you interested in this class, try to be sure you can follow all the sessions.
We will try to have one session per week, during 4 weeks.

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I am interested!

dennis.strain09's picture

We can run the course again if six or more people are interested.

sounds good!

dennis.strain09's picture

That is a great opportunity! Let me know the date and time when those are set.

michaelgb's picture

Hi Henken --

I added everyone who wasn't on the list that participated in the course. Wanted to make sure they received your message.

Thanks

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"Hey Guys,

My friend Joy is running a performing arts festival on May 5th-ish and has asked me to ask you all if anyone would be interested in running their story again? The space is the Wolf Building in china-town a neat performance venue underground.

I thought we all did a great job and it would be awesome practice to share them with a larger audience...any takers? E-mail me and I will send you her e-mail address.

henken.bean@gmail.com"

henken's picture

Hey Guys,

My friend Joy is running a performing arts festival on May 5th-ish and has asked me to ask you all if anyone would be interested in running their story again? The space is the Wolf Building in china-town a neat performance venue underground.

I thought we all did a great job and it would be awesome practice to share them with a larger audience...any takers? E-mail me and I will send you her e-mail address.

henken.bean@gmail.com

michaelgb's picture

eagleapex --

very glad to hear you are interested in the course. we will definitely post future developments and i will be sure to let dennis know there is interest in doing the class again.

feel free to also propose some other classes you would like to see happen and/or would be interested in facilitating.

thanks,
michael

I just found out about this halfway through. I would love to attend this class if it runs again. Not on a Thursday though.

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