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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 guest 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.

Special Online Summer Storytelling Institutes for 2020!
 
Because of COVID-19, this year's Institutes will be offered online and we have adapted the schedule to be more conducive for those sheltering at home while still including the same number of contact hours as a standard face-to-face Institute. While it’s fun to come in person and take these like mini-retreats, at least by using Zoom there are no travel expenses and we are offering discounted rates for a Most Unusual Summer!

Each Institute is capped at 15 participants, so register or reserve your space soon!

 
The 2020 master classes are:

Storytelling Institute I:
June 8-13
1:00-4:00 PM EDT (Mon-Sat)

Social Justice Storytelling:

Moving from Lectures to Stories

of People & Causes

with Guest Instructor Susan O’Halloran

(STOR 5830-910, CRN 52584)

Storytelling Institute II:
June 22-27
1:00-4:00 PM EDT (Mon-Sat)

Marketing from the Outside In:

Contemporary Strategies to

Grow Your Storytelling Business

with Guest Instructor Sean Buvala*

(STOR 5830-911, CRN 52586)

For Full Descriptions of Each Storytelling Institute, See Menu Below

 

DISCOUNTED COVID-19 PRICING!

Enroll for credit or audit through the university and pay tuition and course fees only;
no added registration cost to pay guest instructor. Saves you $150 per Institute.

Non-credit registration just $200 for one session and $350 for both!

Current students and graduates of the program pay only $125 per Institute.

 

Tennessee residents who are disabled or 60 & over:
Click Here for information on low-pricing enrollment for credit or audit

*Sean Buvala’s Marketing Institute has a separate materials fee of $40-45 depending on your state, which includes shipping and handling. A link to order directly from him using Discount Code: ETSU2020 is included in the “Registration Information” tab below. Be sure to order in plenty of time to receive materials before start date of June 22.


  

Details for Summer 2020 Online Storytelling Institutes

Each Institute is limited to 15 participants.
Register or reserve your space now!

Storytelling Institute I: Susan O'Halloran:  June 8-13

Storytelling Institute I
STOR 5830-910 (1 graduate credit) CRN: 52584
June 8 – 13; 1:00 – 4:00 EDT (Mon-Sat)
Location: Zoom


Social Justice Storytelling:
Moving from Lectures to Tales of People & Causes

With Susan O’Halloran

Susan O'Halloran embracing air while speaking

Description:Whatever your cause, telling social justice stories takes special attention to narrative structure and the people (characters) in your story to successfully inform and influence your audience. Whether historical or autobiographical, your listeners need likeable and distinctive personalities to follow in order to stay engaged--plus a narrative arc with clear aspirations and obstacles.

If your characters and your audience are having “A-ha Moments” together, it’s more likely the audience will grow as your characters do. By the end of your story, they will have a better chance of understanding what you intend them to understand, not because you preached at them, but because they took a meaningful journey with you.

Come learn about this glorious–sometimes excruciating–process of sifting through mounds of data, research, and life events to create inspirational and appealing stories from history as well as your present-day experiences and concerns.

About the Guest Instructor: Sue O’Halloran is author of seven books and producer/director of the video stories on www.RacebridgesStudio.com which deals with issues of race and belonging and receives over half a million visitors each year. Sue teaches Diversity & Inclusion seminars and webinars around the country for corporations and nonprofits. She is co-producer of multicultural performances and internationally recognized films including Black, White and Brown: Tribes & Bridges at the Steppenwolf Theatre and More Alike Than Not: Stories of Three Americans - Christian, Jewish and Muslim.
 
O’Halloran has appeared on such media programs as PBS and ABC Nightline and has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Boston Globe and the Chicago Tribune. She has received the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence and Leadership and Service awards and is a frequent featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival and the International Storytelling Center’s Storytelling Live! Teller-in-Residence program. The Chicago Reader says O’Halloran “has mastered the Irish art of telling stories that are funny and heart-wrenching at the same time.”

Sue can be found at: www.SusanOHalloran.com and www.RacebridgesStudio.com.

Storytelling Institute II: Sean Buvala:  June 22-27

Storytelling Institute II
STOR 5830-911 (1 graduate credit) CRN: 52586
June 22 – 27; 1:00 – 4:00 EDT (Mon-Sat)
Location: Zoom
 
Marketing from the Outside In:
Contemporary Strategies to Grow Your Storytelling Business
with Sean Buvala

Sean Buvala at microphone 

Description: In this intensive session, you’ll research and create the avatar for a specific niche of your career as a working artist. You’ll examine and integrate the model of performance and/or applied storytelling as a service to your audience and how to funnel that reality into a successful career as a working artist. You’ll learn, research and create the framework for five critical components of your marketing skillset and tools. You’ll leave this session with a customized, working plan to grow a career over the next 90 days.

Students will need a computer, their smartphone with a charged battery, charging cords, and working internet service. Students should have established (and know log in procedures, their username and passwords for) their basic social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram, and their Facebook business page. There will be assigned tasks between class meetings.

Additional printed materials and workbooks are required.
They cost $40-45 including shipping, depending on your state. Please order directly from instructor at https://smalltoothdog.com/etsubooks
using Discount Code: ETSU2020

About the Guest Instructor: Sean Buvala is an experienced leader in the areas of storytelling and communications. Serving several thousand clients, audience members, adult learners, and school students for more than 30 years, he is the executive director and founder of Storyteller.net. Sean is the author of more than ten books, workbooks, and journals. As a speaker and presenter, he's worked in the U.S., Canada, and Australia with several hundred organizations. He's been a workshop leader for Fortune 500 companies, including the pharmaceutical and mining industries. He is also a performance artist appearing in a more-than-he-can-remember number of shows in everything from community libraries to national festivals. 
 
Sean currently serves as the publisher for “The Small Tooth Dog Publishing Group” based in Tolleson, Arizona. Along with his wife, he's created books with many different authors who have received national awards and reviews. He lives in the desert southwest of the Phoenix area. He's active in local entrepreneurial development presentations with other businesses to help them develop their unique approaches to marketing and communication. Sean started his work by accidentally using active storytelling to convert a classroom of slightly (but comically) homicidal 8th-grade teenagers from angry kids to storytelling practitioners themselves. From then on, both the kids and Sean were sold on the influence of a great story.

Sean can be found at www.SeanTells.com.

Registration Information

Each Institute is limited to 15 participants. Register or reserve your space now!

Questions? Problems? Reserve your space?
Contact Nancy Donoval at

TO REGISTER AS A NON-CREDIT PARTICIPANT:
 
Non-credit costs:

$200 for one Institute; $350 for both
$125 per Institute for incoming and current students in the Storytelling Program as well as graduates of the program.

Register for Summer 2020 Storytelling Institute.

*Note for Storytelling Institute II with Sean Buvala:

Additional printed materials and workbooks are required.
They cost $40-45 including shipping, depending on your state. Please order directly from instructor at https://smalltoothdog.com/etsubooks using Discount Code: ETSU2020

Be sure to order in time to receive materials before the start date of June 22.


TO REGISTER FOR CREDIT:
 
For credit costs:
$601 In-State Tuition for 1 Graduate Credit plus $10 course fee
$1442 Out-of-State Tuition for 1 Graduate Credit plus $10 course fee
 
You can pay In-State Tuition even if you are Out-of-State if you are a member of (or join) the National Storytelling Network. It’s one of the great perks of membership. Details below.**

Tuition payment must be received by ETSU by June 5, 2020.

 
If you are a current graduate student in the program, register as you normally would. Then email Nancy Donoval at to let her know which Institute(s) you are taking. If you are taking Sean Buvala’s Marketing/Business of Storytelling Institute be sure to order the additional materials from him at the link above in time to receive them before the start date of June 22.

 
If you are not an ETSU graduate student and you wish to take an Institute for credit, you must apply for admission as a non-degree (undeclared graduate) student. Apply through the School of Graduate Studies by clicking HERE. Be sure to choose the non-degree or undeclared graduate application.
 
All non-degree applicants must provide official transcripts which verify that they have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Graduate non-degree students must receive approval to register for a graduate level course from the chair (or graduate coordinator) of the department offering the course.
 
After you enroll, you must also register for credit through the university registration system called Goldlink.  If you are a resident of Tennessee, pay tuition at the time of registration.

**If you are planning to pay In-State Tuition through the National Storytelling Network, do not pay at the time you register. As soon as you are registered, contact the National Storytelling Network to arrange to make payment through them. NSN charges an administration fee of $100, which is still significant savings over paying out-of-state tuition.

Tuition payment must be received by ETSU by June 5, 2020.

If you are enrolling for graduate credit as a non-degree student, email Nancy Donoval, at . Include your name, address, email address, phone number and for which Institute(s) you are registering.
 

*Note for Storytelling Institute II with Sean Buvala:

Additional printed materials and workbooks are required.
They cost $40-45 including shipping, depending on your state. Please order directly from instructor at https://smalltoothdog.com/etsubooks 
using Discount Code: ETSU2020

Be sure to order in plenty of time to receive materials before start date of June 22.

 Questions? Problems? Reserve your space?
Contact Nancy Donoval at

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