I'm off to Warwick, RI this weekend for the annual Sharing the Fire Northeast Storytelling Conference. I'd encourage anyone interested in Storytelling to try to take advantage of what this conference offers. There are at least 25 courses to select from, 2 terrific concerts and storytelling swaps. I've been teaching at this conference for 10 years now; everything from storytelling in classrooms to voice classes, accents in storytelling and coaching voice for storytellers using character voices. It's hard to believe it's been that long!
This year's topic that I'm teaching is 'Boosting Learning Standards with Storytelling' on Saturday during the B session. I'll acquaint storytellers with the Learning Standards and Benchmarks that teachers are held responsible for teaching and storytellers and teachers alike will participate in a number of storytelling exercises that work on these standards in fun ways. We always have a lot of fun and come away with some new ideas.
I'm looking forward to creating some new stories, honing some old ones, hearing some great telling and learning new information/stories and connecting with dear old friends.....and now I must get myself on the road!
Jean Armstrong, Storyteller