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The ETSU Storytelling Institutes are short intensive master classes on particular topics within the field of contemporary storytelling. Established in 1992, ETSU Institute instructors have included many of the best-loved performers and teachers in the storytelling world. ETSU Summer Institutes are a great way for interested students to get a taste of the spirit and energy of the ETSU Storytelling Program.

These popular 3 to 5 day workshops may be attended by anyone--either for university credit or on a non-credit basis. Generally one graduate credit hour is available per institute. In-state tuition is available to those who enroll--no matter the residence of the enrollee; however you must go through the National Storytelling Network Instructional Credit Agreement to receive this special rate.

 

SUMMER 2019 SPECIAL RATES!

For the first time ever, we are able to cover the registration fee for enrolled students!

In the past, students enrolled in the class for credit (or audit) had to pay tuition and a registration fee to pay our guest instructor. Now we are able to use course fees so students don’t pay anything extra!

Not only that, non-credit participants get a price break. We have always kept our costs low for the institutes. But this year we have discounted the typical charge of $275 per 3 day course to $200. If you are a current student or graduate of the program, you receive a deeper discount of $125. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from two talented instructors: Jules Corriere and Antonio Rocha!

Click on Registration Information below for the Registration form.

Registration Information

Follow these steps to register.

  1. All participants must fill out the PDF: Registration Form and send it in with your deposit to reserve a place. If you are NOT taking the institute for credit, this and your housing arrangements are is the only steps you have to complete.  The registration form is only available when Institutes are scheduled. Check back periodically for information about upcoming institutes.
  2. If you desire to take an institute for credit, you must either apply as a graduate student in the storytelling program, or register as a non-degree student. This information can be found in the Graduate School website. If you wish to apply for the storytelling program, click here.
  3. After you enroll, you must also register for credit through the university registration system called Goldlink.
  4. Arrange for your housing through the ETSU Housing Office or independently.  (PDF: On-Campus Guest Housing Application)

For more information, contact Dr. Reed at reeddk@etsu.edu .

To sum up, there are three separate payments that may need to be made for the institutes:

 

  1. Institute fee (this is paid directly to ETSU Storytelling, and serves to pay the Guest Instructor—see Registration Form.) The Non-Credit Institute Fee is higher than the For-Credit Institute Fee because there is no additional tuition fee involved.
  2. Tuition fee (for Graduate Credit--this is paid to ETSU or, for those using the NSN Tuition Agreement for In-State tuition rates, to the National Storytelling Network.
  3. Housing fee (This will not apply if you choose to arrange non-University housing).
Sample Schedule

Day 1:

8:15-9 am: Registration

At the class site, room 413 Warf Pickel Hall. Those who al­ready have paid the Institute fees in full may arrive around 8:45 am. 

9:00 -11:45 pm:

Intro­duction & announcements by Institute Director (Dr. Delanna Reed)

Opening Session with In­stitute Leader (David Joe Miller) (Timing for all morning and afternoon breaks will vary according to the de­sires of the Institute Leader.)

11:45 - 1:10 pm: Lunch

Lunch is on your own. Feel free to walk or carpool with others to nearby eateries. Unfortunately, due to renovations the Marketplace in D.P. Culp University Center is closed. We ask that everyone please make your lunch plans to insure your return to the meeting room by 1:10 so the session will not be interrupted by late arrivals. Please keep in mind lunchtime traffic and the delays in service at most eating establishments near the noon hour. Feel free to "brown-bag it" and eat in the classroom if you wish. (Suggested: Earthfare, El Charolai & Barbaritos are quick.)

1:15 - 3:45 pm: Afternoon session with Institute Leader

4pm-5:30pm:

Informal peer coaching among participants. Participants may tell at both sessions. Students enrolled for credit are required to tell for one session and are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to receive feedback from their peers. Each teller will state how much (or little) coaching he/she wants.

7:30 pm: Concert by Institute Leader at Studio 205 in the Campus Center Building (see Campus Map). The auditorium might be cool, so dress accordingly.

Day 2: Tuesday, June 19

9:00 - 11:45 am:

Announcements by Institute Director

Morning session by Institute Leader (Timing for all morning and afternoon breaks will vary according to the de­sires of the Institute Leader.)

11:45 - 1:00 pm: Lunch

Lunch is on your own. Feel free to walk or carpool with others to nearby eateries. Unfortunately, due to renovations the Marketplace in D.P. Culp University Center is closed. We ask that everyone please make your lunch plans to insure your return to the meeting room by 1:10 so the session will not be interrupted by late arrivals. Please keep in mind lunchtime traffic and the delays in service at most eating establishments near the noon hour. Feel free to "brown-bag it" and eat in the classroom if you wish. (Suggested: Earthfare, El Charolai & Barbaritos are quick.)

1:15 - 3:45 pm:

Afternoon session with Institute Leader

 4pm-5:30 pm:

Informal peer coaching among participants. Participants may tell at both sessions. Students enrolled for credit are required to tell for one session and are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to receive feedback from their peers. Each teller will state how much (or little) coaching he/she wants.

 6:30 - 9 pm:

Picnic supper and evening participant olio. The program provides most of the food. Let us know if you have a serious food allergy. If you live in the area, please prepare a side dish to share. Guests from out of town can pick up drinks and desserts, if they wish. (Since this is an ETSU event, please bring only nonalcoholic drinks.) Location: TBA

 Day 3: Wednesday, June 20

 9:00-12:00 am:

Announcements by Institute Director

Concluding session with Institute Leader

 11:45: Institute evaluations, photos, and good-byes

Past Instructors

2019 - Jules Corriere & Antonio Rocha

2018 - David Joe Millier, Reggie Carpenter

2017 - Kendall Haven

2016 – Heather Forest, Andy Offutt Irwin, Clare Muirrean Murphy

2015 - Kim Weitkamp, Shonaleigh Cumbers

2014 - Doug Lipman, Lyn Ford

2013 - Elizabeth Ellis

2012 - Kim Weitkamp, David Novak, Dolores Hydock, Charlotte Blake-Alston

2011 - Antonio/Milbre, Patrick Ball, Eth-Noh-Tec/ Hannah Harvey

2010 - Antonio Rocha/Milbre Burch, Rafe Martin

2009--Diana Wolkstein, Bill Harley, Judith Black, Linda Goss

2008--Connie Reagan Blake & National Storytelling Conference Institute

2007--Jim May, Umoja Festival Institute featuring: Jon Spelman, Antonio Sacre, La'Ron Williams

2006 - Nancy Donoval, Gayle Ross, Umoja Festival Institute featuring: Joseph Bruchac, Walker Calhoun and Family, Gayle Ross, Gene Tagaban, Dovie Thomason

2005 - Jennifer Armstrong, Heather Forest, Diane Ferlatte
Umoja Festival Institute: Charlotte Blake-Alston, Diane Ferlatte,
Linda Goss, In the Spirit, Baba Jamal Koram, Sparky & Rhonda Rucker,
Mary Carter Smith

2004 - Milbre Burch, Carol Birch, Elizabeth Ellis, Dovie Thomason

2003 - Donald Davis, Willy Claflin, Odds Bodkin

2002 - Jay O'Callahan, Laura Simms, Loren Niemi

2001 - Bill Mooney, Nancy Kavanaugh, Bobby and Sherry Norfolk

2000 - Roger Petersen, Susan Klein, David Novak

1999 - Kendall Haven, Mary Hamilton, Syd Lieberman

1998 - Ed Stivender, Barbara Mc-Bride Smith, Rex Ellis

1997 - Charlotte Blake-Alston, Doug Lipman, Carmen Deedy

1996 - Rafe Martin, Elizabeth Ellis, Gay Ducey

1995 - Dan Keding, Roger Petersen, Jackie Torrence

1994 - Jackson Gillman, Connie Regan-Blake and Barbara Freeman, Donald Davis

1993 - David Holt, Diane Ferlatte, Heather Forest

1992 - Ed Stivender, Judith Black, David Novak

Summer 2019

STOR 5830-050/051 Storytelling Institute:

ETSU Storytelling Institutes
July 12-14, 2019

Summer Session I
STOR 5830-050 (1 credit) CRN: 52770
July 12th-14th
Instructor: Jules Corriere
"Story Catching: The Art of Capturing the Essential Narrative"

Jules Corriere

Description:  This session focuses on training and techniques for collecting personal narratives and community stories. Strategies include facilitation of story circles; conducting one-on-one interviews; dealing with sensitive topics; the art of the “ask,” and cool-down. Special attention is given to cultural sensitivity while digging for the deep, often hidden stories that are held in the personal and collective memory.

Jules Corriere writes and directs a monthly storytelling radio show, “A Night with the Yarn Exchange,” now in its eighth season, which performs at the International Storytelling Center and is broadcast on NPR station 89.5 FM and streams worldwide. In addition to her radio work, Corriere has been a playwright and theater director with Community Performance, International for over twenty years. She currently serves as the Programming Director for the Town of Jonesborough and is engaged with the Town's Story Initiative as a practitioner and teacher. This theatrical and storytelling work is steeped in local culture and developed with oral stories and histories. She wrote her first play, Story Lines, in 2000, based in Newport News, Virginia, and recently completed writing her fifty-first play, The Long Trip Home, which premiered in Jonesborough, Tennessee, the “Storytelling Capital of the World” in early 2019. Her work Let my People Go! A Spiritual Journey, written with composer Donald McCullough and Denny Clarke, performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. A play she wrote in Chicago received the Presidential Points of Light Award (The Whole World Gets Well.) Her work has toured internationally in England, Scotland, and Brazil. She served for five years as co-artistic director and playwright for Georgia’s Official Folk Life Play, Swamp Gravy, and her play Turn the Washpot Down became the official Folk-Life Play for the state of South Carolina. She has appeared in Who’s Who for her work in theater arts and social activism for the past decade.

 Summer Session 2
STOR 5830-051 (1 credit) CRN: 52771
July 15th-17th
Instructor: Antonio Rocha
"Hidden Gems"


Antonio Rocha

Description: Transitions— the moments in a story where we shift between thoughts, scenes and characters —are hidden gems tucked away in a story. These hidden gems are waiting to be discovered and brought to the light by the storyteller. As professional tellers, learning to master these moments will give your stories extra polish and finesse. It will take your presentation to the next level. 
This session will teach you how to identify and develop the transitions within your stories by practicing techniques with your eyes, gesture, pause, body language, sound effect, singing  or whatever else you feel comfortable bringing on stage with you.
Please roll up your sleeves, come ready to dive in to work, and your stories will never be the same. 

Antonio Rocha, a native of Brazil, began his career in the performing arts in 1985. In 1988 he received a Partners of the Americas grant to come to the USA to perform and deepen his mime skills with Mime Master Tony Montanaro. Since then he has earned a Summa Cum Laude Theater BA from USM (University of Southern Maine) and studied with Master Marcel Marceau. Mr. Rocha’s unique fusion of mime and spoken word has been performed from Singapore to South Africa and many places in between including 16 countries on 6 continents. Some of the venues include The Singapore Festival of the Arts, Wolf Trap, The National Storytelling Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Geographic, The Tales of Graz in Austria, Dunya Festival in Holland as well as many other Storytelling Festivals and educational institutions around The USA. 
Antonio has three very entertaining and educational award winning DVDs, a picture book and a few awards including the coveted Circle of Excellence Award by the National Storytelling Network.

For further information: 
contact Dr. Delanna Reed at 423-439-7601 or 

Coming Soon:
Information for
Summer 2020
Storytelling Institutes

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