Archive for August, 2014

How to Prepare Students for Assemblies with Storytellers

Written by Kim McCloskey

There are many benefits to having a professional storyteller visit your school. Storytelling helps students develop listening skills. Stories are the building blocks of imagination, stories teach character, and storytelling can foster the desire to read independently.

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The Benefits of Live Storytelling: Why You Should Attend This Year’s Festival

Written by Kim McCloskey

The Festival is only two weeks away and the hundreds of volunteers behind the scenes are busy getting last minute logistical details worked out. It's a big project which requires a lot of coordination, but every year for the last 25 years it all seems to work itself out. The storytellers arrive, the audience gets settled in and then the magic happens- imaginations are...

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Preserving the Life Story of a Loved One

Written by Kim McCloskey

A couple days ago I was listening to a story by Dolores Hydock called Occam’s Razor on the radio program The Apple Seed . The story is about how blessed she was after her mother’s diagnosis of cancer. It really struck home with me because we had recently dealt with the death of a loved one due to cancer and had also felt the blessings in disguise that had come fr...

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Films that celebrate storytelling

Written by Kim McCloskey

Rev up your appetite for the upcoming Festival with some films that celebrate storytelling. At the end of this article is a list of movies that pay homage to the art of oral storytelling. If you want to read about upcoming movies and get scholarly with your study of film and storytelling, read on. If you would rather just look through the movie list, skip forward. Eit...

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