THE BRANDYWINE STORYTELLING FESTIVAL 2013

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, JUNE 21-22,  KENNETT SQUARE, PENNSYLVANIA, USA   7TH ANNUAL

 
Featured Storyteller Willy Claflin gestures mid-tale at the 2007 Lower Brandywine Storytelling Festival. (Photo by Carlos Alejandro)

Workshops Are Now
A Full 90 Minutes Long!

Take Two Workshops With Timeslots at 9:00 and 10:30am

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Featured Storyteller Willy Claflin will lead Workshop 1: How to Make Up Fractured Fairy Tales. (Photo by Tom Raymond)
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Saturday, June 22, 2013 -  9:00 to 11:00AM and 10:30AM to Noon

We have seven sensational workshops for you this year, but you’ll find it tough to choose. Because, again this year, we have some of the finest storytelling instructors ever gathered on the grounds here at one time. And you’ll have to choose quickly, because there are only 25-30 slots in each. They offer a range of storytelling skills truly lacking in today’s passive, ‘watch-it-happen’ pop culture: How to fracture a fairy tale...how to get kids to lie well...even how to make Sunday School lessons more memorable. We’re talking active, interactive, fun and exciting storytelling skills. And, of course everyone has a story! (See Kim Weitkamp.)  What’s more, some Workshops have been extended to 2 hours this year, so you can get even more out of them. And because there are now two timeslots instead of just one -- at 9:00am and also at 11:00am -- you can can even try your hand at more than one course. Best of all, there are no additional costs for these workshops. They come with your ticket. So be sure to take advantage of the opportunity. Sign up today, and live happily ever after.

Workshop 1
Ordinary to Extraordinary -
Kim Weitkamp
Listen to the stories that the tellers share from the festival stage. The subjects, situations and content are based in the ordinary, everyday life that we all experience. How is it that their stories become highly requested, recorded, award winning pieces? In this workshop, Kim will help you target ordinary life-moments that can be turned into extraordinary stories which will be requested time and time again.
Saturday, June 22, 9:00am - 11:00am
(Included with your ticket)

Workshop 2
Voice, Character, and Creating People -
Andy Offutt Irwin
As soon as a ‘told-about-person’ leaves our lips (whether that person is true-to-life or fictional) that person becomes a character. If we storytellers are doing our job, the listener creates a solid image and “sees” the character.  We will explore characters and character-driven story creation. We’ll talk about the importance of believing in our own characters, so they can come to life for the listener. This comes from creating heart-driven voices and a physical embodiment for our characters (this is more than simply the tones that come from our throats and mouths). An experiential workshop, ‘Voice, Character, and Creating People’ involves a lot of moving around (and also being very still). We’ll explore seeing our characters through relaxation exercises, and then bringing them to life with Stanislavski praxis process, De Niro’s animal image exercises, and Viola Spolin’s Theatre Games. CAUTION: Some people would call this an acting class. Don’t tell Lepp.
Saturday, June 22, 9:00am - 11:00am (Included with your ticket)

Workshop 3
Rocking the Flock with Stories -
Geraldine Buckley
This workshop is designed especially for preachers, Sunday school teachers,
counselors, prison chapel volunteers, and anyone who wants to change people's lives
through story.  It explores:
       The power of personal stories in communicating with a faith-based audience,
       Using humor to transform lives, and
       Shaping a personal story.

The workshop is part lecture, part group discussion - but it also has an interactive
element, and you will be telling stories before the time is through! Come prepared to be challenged and inspired!

Saturday, June 22, 9:00am - 11:00am
(Included with your ticket)

Workshop 4
Building Personal
Stories -
Bill Harley
We all have interesting things happen to us – experiences that would make good stories. But telling a personal story in performance requires more work than just telling what happened. Some thought about theme, plot, setting and character are important in order to make a personal story mean something to others. In this workshop, Bill will offer some prompts to help you find material for your own stories, and give some insights about how to structure them so they work as performance pieces. He’ll give examples from his own work, and give you a chance to work on a story of your own.
Saturday, June 22, 11:00am - 12:00pm
(Included with your ticket)

Workshop 5
Music and Storytelling -
Willy Claflin
Music can be an integral part of the storytelling experience, adding context and emotion to your tale. This Workshop will demonstrate how to incorporate songs into your stories. There’s nothing quite like introducing a line from an old hit tune to put the listener instantly back into another era!  But it will also cover a lot of other hallowed musical-storytelling ground as well, including:
       Singing traditional ballads from the British Isles and Appalachia:
         where to find them, how to sing them;
       Song-stories ('cante-fables')--traditional stories from around the world that
         have repeated sung refrains (a great way to involve the audience directly
         in your telling);
      
       Comedy and music.
Willy’s controlled-mayhem approach will provide you with abundant examples, and will offer opportunities for participation. He’ll also provide tips on overcoming "I can't sing" phobia, and other obstacles you may encounter.

Saturday, June 22, 11:00am - 12:00pm
(Included with your ticket)

Workshop 6
The Lego Method of Story Telling -
Bil Lepp
In this workshop, Bil shares ways to combine several stories or snippets of varying length, and often diverse subject matter, into one relatively coherent, interlocking piece. This allows the teller to tell several short stories within the body of a larger tale without all the stops and starts. And, just as with Lego, the teller ends up with a solid structure that is built with pieces of different shapes, sizes and colors.  

 Storytelling venues and opportunities vary significantly. When Bil began telling stories on stage at the WV Liars’ Contest, stories could only be 5-7 minutes long. So the first time he had to tell for an hour, (seven stories) that meant the audience had to endure seven beginnings, seven endings, and six transitions from one story to the next. That many starts and stops are laborious for the teller and the audience alike. This workshop will help tellers locate markers/ characters/themes/on-ramps/jumping-off points/and landing zones in their own material which can help them couple, triple, or even quadruple their various stories and ideas into an interlocking pattern.

Sometimes you have to tell for five minutes, sometimes you have to tell for fifty.  Sometimes you have to tell to adults, sometimes to children.  Lego Method allows a teller to drop content or add content of a story without affecting the overall impact or message of the tale. There will be breakout sessions if time permits, and participation by the workshop attendees is expected.
Saturday, June 22, 11:00am - 12:00pm (Included with your ticket)

The Lower Brandywine Storytelling Festival is the anchor event in Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church's Community Outreach Calendar of Events. It's fun. It's Family-friendly. And it's FREE! So forward this web address to your family, friends, neighbors and associates. But encourage them  to register today, because space is limited.

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Featured Teller Doug Ellioot takes in another teller's work at the 2007 Lower Brandywine Storytelling Festival. (Photo by Carlos Alejandro)

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