2013 ETSU Summer Storytelling Institutes
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STOR 5830 Storytelling Institute. July 5-9, 2 credit. Guest Instructor, Syd Lieberman
Topic: "Finding the Story in History." It's been said that between the inspiration and the finished product lie 10,000 nuts and bolts. Master storyteller Syd Lieberman will show you how to tighten these nuts and bolts as he guides you down the path he takes to write historical stories. Co-sponsoring the intensive is the Heritage Alliance of Northeast TN. Participants will be asked to produce a 5-to-10-minute story about some aspect of local history. Students will be provided with a menu of possible topics. The Jonesborough Heritage Alliance will select from these stories to use as programming for Jonesborough's historic Chester Inn. This interactive workshop is appropriate for anyone interested in the craft of researching, writing, and performing historical stories.
COST: Non-credit Institute Fee: $500
For-credit Institute Fee for two graduate credit hours: $350 plus ETSU tuition.
For further information call Dr. Joseph Sobol, ETSU Storytelling Program Coordinator, 423-439-7863, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Guest Instructor Bio: Syd Lieberman has received a number of commissions to write pieces for leading organizations and agencies in the country, including the Smithsonian Institution (Intrepid Birdmen: Fighter Pilots of World War I and Barnstormers, Burp Cups, and Beyond), NASA and the International Storytelling Center (Twelve Wheels on Mars: The Story of the Mars Rover Landings), U.S. Capitol Visitors Center (Twelve 1-4-minute stories for the docents to use during tours), Historic Philadelphia, Inc. (The Summer of Treason: Philadelphia 1776), Johnstown, Pennsylvania (The Johnstown Flood of 1889), and others. Syd created One Righteous Man: TheStory of Raoul Wallenberg, and Abraham and Isaac: Sacrifice at Gettysburg. Syd taught high school English for thirty years, and has received the Golden Apple Awardfor his work in the classroom, as well as the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network.
STOR 5830 Storytelling Institute, July 28-30. 1 credit. Guest Instructor, Elizabeth Ellis
Topic: "Oral Memoir: The Craft and Ethics of Personal Narrative."
Whether funny or poignant, personal storytelling raises special considerations. We will consider such throny issues as privacy and permission, art vs. therapy, and the tact and tactics of dealing with difficult subject matter in live performance. Skills for shaping material to create "listener-centered" stories that are entertaining and impactful will be a major focus. Discussion will be informed by an overview of the stories and stylistics of leading contemporary artists of oral memoir. Students will leave with at least one story roughed out for telling.
COST: Non-credit Institute fee: $275
For-credit Institute Fee for one graduate credit hour: $175 plus ETSU tuition.
Guest Instructor Bio: Elizabeth Ellis is a versatile and riveting teller of Appalachian and Texas tales and stories of heroic American women, though her personal stories are arguably her best. She has captivated over 250,000 children and countless adults at schools, universities and festivals in her 30+ year career as a storyteller. Elizabeth's storytelling journey has taken her from her local library to as far away as New Zealand. She was selected as a "Listener's Choice" at the 30th Anniversary National Storytelling Festival and a Storyteller-In-Residence at the International Storytelling Center. She was the first recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award from the Tejas Storytelling Association and the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Association.