Summer 2014

ETSU Storytelling Summer Course Schedule, 2014

First Summer Session:

STOR 5147 Basic Storytelling, June 9-27. 3 credits. Delanna Reed (required course in MA and Graduate Certificate). The initial performance course for students enrolled in the Storytelling Masters and Graduate Certificate programs, this course is also designed to meet the needs of graduate students in related fields such as Education, Communication, Theatre, English, History, Digital Media, Business & Marketing, Ministry, Public Health, etc.  It focuses on the enhancement of, creativity,speaking skills, and applications of storytelling to a variety of allied professional settings.

STOR 5820 Vocal Training for Professionals, June 9-27. 3 credits. Delanna Reed  (required course in Graduate Certificate).  Dramatically improve your speaking style in 3 weeks. For graduate students only, this course is appropriate for performers, speakers, teachers, and anyone who needs to improve their voice. The class is particularly useful for international students. Topics: International Phonetic Alphabet, diction, care of the voice, vocal variety & quality, & vocal elements of storytelling.

Second Summer Session:

STOR 5230 Advanced Storytelling, July 14-Aug. 1, 3 credits. Instructor, Elizabeth Ellis (required course in MA and Graduate Certificate)

STOR 5200 Contemporary Issues: Craft and Ethics of Oral Memoir. July 14-Aug. 1, 2 credits. Instructor: Elizabeth Ellis (elective).  This Institute is designed to provide students with the tools to be effective tellers of personal narrative (oral memoir) and to understand the ethical issues involved.  


STOR 5830 Storytelling Institute, Aug. 3-5. 1 credit elective. Guest Instructor, Doug Lipman. Topic: Coaching for Storytellers
Good coaching can help you discover the core of your story and your storytelling style. It can help you gain confidence in your strengths and overcome obstacles along the way. In this workshop, you'll learn the key principles of effective coaching, a central metaphor for the coaching process, and a five-stage process for coaching. Each stage has its own goal, tools, and coaching "persona" (attitude). You will experience the process in both roles (storyteller and coach). Please bring one or two five-minute stories (or a 2-minute excerpt from a story combined with a 3-minute summary of the full story). You will leave with your own "coaching chart" and a new framework for being coached, coaching others, and bringing coaching to your own coaching groups and circles of support. Not only will you learn a key tool for advancing your storytelling, you'll learn techniques that can benefit any personal or professional relationship.

STOR 5830 ETSU/Umoja Storytelling Festival-Institute, Aug. 7-9. 1 credit. Guest Instructor, Lyn Ford.
Topic: Apples and Corn Bread, Diamonds and Toads: The Culturally Aware Storyteller as Effective Communicator
Affrilachian storytelling represents the distillation of Lyn Ford's deliciously blended cultural roots. Storytelling at its universal level is that interactive, empathic and effective gift we call "communication". Through models of culturally aware African-American, Native-American, and Appalachian storytelling, humorous exercises in expression and call and response, preparation and presentation of short narratives, productive play (a simple revision process), and dialogue, we'll approach and appreciate the creative development of an "around-the-kitchen-table" style of empathic orature.
NOTE: Institute students and faculty will perform in the Johnson City Umoja Festival on Friday and Saturday afternoons. Bring your telling gear and tales ready to tell!

Guest Instructor Bios:

Elizabeth Ellis is a riveting and versatile 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.

Doug Lipman, the foremost authority on storytelling coaching, is popular in the U.S. and abroad as a performer, coach, author, and teacher. Doug's storytelling grew out of his work as a pre-school and music teacher in the 1970's. He has been teaching and coaching storytellers since 1979 and, beginning in 1998, has worked extensively in the corporate sector. In addition to his workshops and classes on all aspects of storytelling, Doug has published numerous books and released instructional videos, audiocassettes, and multi-media courses such as the Storytelling Workshop in a Box™.

Lyn Ford is a fourth-generation storytelling and teaching artist. She has shared stories and facilitated workshops for more than twenty years as an artist-in-schools for the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio State-Based Collaborative Initiative of the Kennedy Center, and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education. Lyn is also a mentor for young authors in summer camps and writing workshops at the Thurber Center in Columbus. A recipient of two Oracle Awards from the National Storytelling Network (2007 Service and Leadership; 2013 Circle of Excellence) and a 2012 inductee in the National Association of Black Storytellers' Circle of Elders, Lyn was thrilled to also receive a 2013 Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award and Storytelling World Resource Award for her first book, Affrilachian Tales: Folktales from the African American Appalachian Tradition.