WORKSHOPS minimum 90 minutes
"Laura calls upon her expertise to enable each student to find a personal creative niche, revealing amazingly varied and vivid voices" newsletter of the Storytelling Center of New York.
"Meaty" "Makes you think" "Let's have her again!"
WORKSHOP 1: TWISTING THE TALE
WORKSHOP 2: RHYME, RHYTHM AND RESONANCE: THE USES OF POETRY IN STORYTELLING
General overview of both workshops
Participants learn about story motifs, how to choose a story, how to really get to know the animate and inanimate characters within a story and the importance of calling upon individual experience and attitudes in relating to them.
We discuss mental imaging and explore, through exercises, the uses of vocabulary, tone of voice, body language,
facial expression, repetition, personalization, dialogue, timing, and rhyme. At the end of the session, without having changed the story’s motifs, we rewrite and tell to each other parts of a well-known folk tale to discover that each
person truly has a unique “voice.” This is sometimes hilarious, and always amazing!
From medieval troubadour to modern rap artist, the art of the purveyor of stories lies not in the telling of a tale,
but in retelling it in unique ways, changing and adapting it in the process. Homer and Ovid told the same story.
Shakespeare, Spenser, and Goethe used folklore extensively in their work. Chaucer drew heavily on Oriental
oral fiction co-mingled with romantic fables of the North.
A SAMPLING OF PAST VENUES:
Loudoun Educational Media Association, Ashburn, VA Norfolk Storyteller’s League, Norfolk, VA Shenandoah University, Leesburg, VA Poetry Society of Virginia, Richmond, VA Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Loudoun, VA National Storytelling Network Conference, Pittsburgh, PA Center for Teaching Excellence, Northern Virginia Community College, Sterling, VA RESIDENCIES
The above workshops can be expanded into 13 week programs. Please write or email to request lesson plans.