If you want to get more out of your storytelling festival experience, whether as a festival attendee or as a performer, practice listening.
“It's like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” ― Patrick Rothfuss, Who are you building out of the story in your head?
We’re busy, busy, busy! The Timpanogos Storytelling Institute offers storytelling concerts, workshops, contests and school programs, not only during our annual festival, but throughout the year. Recent events have included the Utah’s Biggest Liar Contest, and concerts by Charlotte Blake Alston, Kim Weitcamp, Donald Davis and Steffani Raff. Our current offering is a Bil Lepp telling tall tales at the Thanksgiving Point Gardens on May 4.
In the stories that we tell and the stories we seek out we can look for truth as well as hope.
So, you want to build a story from personal experiences but you didn’t keep a journal? All is not lost. Categorical memory triggers, or journal prompts can help you remember and rebuild past events and moments.
It’s the season for giving thanks and at the Timpanogos Storytelling Institute we are grateful for the many teachers and librarians who touch the lives of students with their storytelling. To show our appreciation, we have compiled a list of resources to help you enhance your storytelling.
While face-to-face storytelling is the ideal, most of us can't attend storytelling festivals or sit around a campfire each weekend so we have to get our fill through other mediums such as radio, which is still one of the best places to find great oral storytelling.
Can you think of the first really scary story that you heard? Perhaps it was a ghost story at a sleepover, or an urban legend around a campfire. Do you remember how you felt? If you are like me, you probably felt fear and excitement simultaneously. What is it that draws us to these stories? Is it just the adrenaline rush, or is there something we can learn about ourselves in these dark corners?