2018 Texas Storytelling Conference Workshops

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018 

10:30 – 11:30 am

ANN MARIE NEWMAN: STORY BUILDING BLOCKS:  CREATE A FAMILY STORY IN 3D IMAGERY. PART I
Turn a family story into a 3D work of art!  Bring COPIES of family photos, (3×5 or smaller), and collage them on to a wooden building block.  Add meaningful words & text that speak to your story.  All materials will be supplied, except for your family photos!
Ann Marie is a dreamer, storyteller and artist.  From 2007-2014, she was Storyteller in Residence for the Dallas Museum of Art.  By merging stories with art, she hopes to inspire other to explore their own creative potential. annstoryart@att.net www.annmarienewman.com 

10:30 – 11:45 am

HANK ROUBICEK:  SPEAKING YOUR PERSONAL STORY
Discovering pathways for telling personal narratives is the theme of this workshop.  We will explore why humans are natural storytellers, consider features required to craft a strong story, examine ways to prepare and learn stories we wish to tell, and access the common denominators that allow us to “plug” into each other without plugging anything in.  Guided exercises lead to opportunities for students to tell stories to each other in a supportive and interactive environment.
Dr. Hank is an award-winning professor at the University of Houston Downtown, an author, and a nationally-recognized workshop facilitator. He is also creator and host of “So, What’s Your Story?” aired Wednesdays at 8:00pm on KPFT Houston. He is a long-time board member and past president of the Houston Storytellers Guild and a Moth Story Slam Champion.  He earned his BA from Ohio State, MA from Purdue, and his Ed.D. from the University of Maryland. roubey@aol.com

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

MARK GOLDMAN:  STORY KINSHIP: EXPLORING YOUR PERSONAL CONNECTIONS TO NON-PERSONAL TALES
Susan Klein says, “When something within a folktale resonates with your own story…you do whatever you need to do to get to the root of what it means to you and the truth that resides in the story.”  This session will assist you in exploring and understanding your personal connections to your non-personal story – Making it uniquely yours!
Mark teaches Storytelling at Glendale Community College in Phoenix, AZ; coaches tellers; and facilitates workshops.  His E-Newsletter at www.storytellermark.com provides “Tips” and “Tidbits” about storytelling.  He authored Storytelling Tips: Creating, Crafting and Telling Stories, from Parkhurst Brothers Publishers. mark@storytellermark.com

1:00- 2:15 pm

2018 Conference Presenter Pippa WhitePIPPA WHITE: VOCAL TUNE-UP: THE HOW WE SAY!
This is a workshop on delivery that uses some very basic theatre techniques to improve speaking skills (phrasing, emphasis, dynamics, etc.). For professional speakers, business people, educators, storytellers, or anyone who wants to present themselves more effectively before an audience.

2:30 – 3:45 pm

ANN MARIE NEWMAN:  STORY BUILDING BLOCKS: CREATE A FAMILY STORY IN 3D IMAGERY.  PART II
Must have attended Part I to Participate.
In Part II you will share your block’s “family story” with the group.  Time enough for all to share.

2:30 – 3:45 pm

MARY LOCKE CROFTS:  IMAGINING A FAMILY RUMOR OR SECRET INTO A TELLABLE TALE
In the belief that everyone has a family story that is pressing to be preserved and shared, I will have participants focus on a particular family story, imagine its context as well as its moments, movements and emotions and shape it into a cohesive tale.  Because the boon of the story must be brought back to the community, we will find avenues for this return.
Mary grew up in Big Spring, lived in San Antonio and Langtry; co-founded the San Antonio Storytellers Association wit Mary Grace Ketner; has been a teacher and a storyteller.  She got her BA at Baylor; her MA at UTSA and her PhD at Pacifica Graduate Institute.  Her dissertation became a book:  Pathways to Ancient Shelter: My Sojourn in Langtry, Texas. mlocke13@sbcglobal.net, www.marylockecrofts.com

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2018

10:30 – 11:45 am

RYAN MCPHERSON:  PRACTICING AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES FOR CO-CREATIVE STORYTELLING OR KINDRED REUNIONS
Bring your experiences and story engagement ideas as we explore joys in the continuum of story co-creation!  We will discuss simple call and response techniques, storytelling make and takes, rewards and risks of inviting people to the stage, and questions for guiding your audience in the crafting of stories.  Experience the thrill of invitational storytelling as we practice co-creative story strategies.
Ryan is a storyteller, university faculty member, consultant, founder of the annual UTSA StorySLAM! And advisor to Storytellers at UTSA, past president and current board member of San Antonio Storytellers, founder of Storytelling Movement in New Braunfels, Texas. storytellingmovement@gmail.com

10:30 – 11:45 am

JIM MAY: FIRE AND WATER—RECLAIMING KIN: TRANSCENDING SHAME  Part I
Myths and spiritual parables advise us that we must recognize and face our demons, failures and discouragements to find peace, integration and serenity.
This workshop will explore life’s crooked and undulating path, which meanders like flowing water, uncertain of its eventual goal yet often unearthing the unexplored and cascading into underground caverns where our gold awaits, shimmering in the darkness.
By accepting the reality that we all have complex lives, that no one is completely beyond the shadow and that our families and kinfolk deserve our forgiveness and our awareness of their own suffering, we can forgive, put our family’s journey in perspective, lift ourselves out of shame and tell the truth.
Jim is an EMMY Award-winner and for thirty-two years, a full time professional storyteller and writer.  His most recent collection of stories, Trail guide For A Crooked Heart, (Parkhurst Brothers, 2016, received an Anne Izard Storytellers Choice Award. maystory@earthlink.net, jimmaystoryteller.com

2:30 – 3:45 pm

KIM LEHMAN:  COOKING UP A FAMILY COOKBOOK AND OTHER FAMILY TREASURES
Kim will take you through the process of self-publishing a family history cookbook and producing a recording of favorite family songs.  Learn interviewing techniques and tips for collecting and compiling stories, photos, recipes, songs, writings and home remedies.  Be inspired to go from a few family recipes and songs to a full-fledged family treasure.
Kim has been telling tales for many years as a professional storyteller, musician and workshop presenter.  Kim has collected and recorded stories and songs in the mountains of rural Pennsylvania culminating in a video about play party games and a published family cookbook. kim.lehman@sbcglobal.net, www.kimlehman.com

2:30 – 3:45 pm

JIM MAY:  FIRE AND WATER—RECLAIMING KIN:  TRANSCENDING SHAME PART II   Must have attended Part I to Participate.