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13 - 15 Mar 2014

Timpanogos Storytelling Conference

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Timpanogos Storytelling Conference

When you want people to listen, you tell them a story. When you want people to understand, you tell them a story. When you want them to remember what you’ve told them, you tell them a story. Stories work! Whether it’s for the home, business, or the classroom, come and learn how to make stories work for you. Join storytellers Andy Offutt Irwin, Kevin Kling, Noa Baum, and others as the Timpanogos Storytelling Conference presents workshops, hands-on opportunities, and a variety of informative and entertaining concerts. We have a wonderful line up of presenters coming! Visit the Presenter and Synopses tabs above to see more information.


School Outreach Program

All school outreach slots with professional storytellers are currently full.  If you are interested in scheduling an assembly featuring top national youth storytellers, please call 801-229-7436.

EVENT LOCATION

Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

101 W 100 N

Provo, Utah 84601

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  • Orem Public Library
  • Provo Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
  • Grand Ballroom
  • Birch Room
  • Cedar Room
  • Aspen Room
  • Amphitheater
  • Zion & Bryce Rooms
  • Juniper Room
  • Elm Room
  • Timpanogos High School
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  • Steffani Raff
  • Susan Klein
  • Noa Baum
  • Fran Jensen
  • Lynn Ruehlmann
  • Robin Bady
  • Chris Crowe
  • Karen Dietz
  • Regi Carpenter
  • Clive Romney
  • Donna Ingham
  • Andy Offutt Irwin
  • Shawn Moon
  • Susanna Holstein
  • Bill Bennett
  • Kevin Kling
  • Christopher Robbins
  • Sherry Norfolk
  • David Morgan
  • Stacy Julian
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ThursdayMar13

Harnessing the Power of Images in Story Crafting

Orem Public Library

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Pre-conference intensive workshop with Steffani Raff
Steffani will teach participants how to harness the primary source of masterful storytelling: images. Sensory detail, meaning, character development, and dialogue all develop with greater clarity and ease through the process of imaging effectively. Learning and practicing the techniques taught in this workshop will transform your ability to craft stories quickly.

Steffani has performed and taught storytelling in a variety of settings since 1997. Her innovative ideas, interactive teaching style and sense of humor make her an excellent facilitator. She has extensively studied the practical application of imagination and mastered the ability to create stories in which images communicate beyond words. A natural teacher and mentor, people leave her workshops feeling energized and empowered.

Impossible to Translate but I'll Try—True-Life Israeli Stories

Orem Public Library

7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

FREE PERFORMANCE by Noa Baum
Growing up in Jerusalem is more than the Bible and war. Storyteller Noa Baum takes us on a poignant, humorous journey through her life. Experience a fresh side of Israel with childhood adventures, outrageous matchmaking, and all the love in between.

FridayMar14

Breakfast & Registration

Provo Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Check in early and become acquainted with other conference attendees. Continental breakfast is included in the registration fee.

Connecting Across Conflict: Storytelling and Peace Building

Grand Ballroom

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Opening session with Noa Baum
Noa will share her journey and what she learned about the power of story to transform listeners and teller alike. Israeli born, she has created and performed a show based on dialogue with a Palestinian woman. The story offers inspiration for listeners to take the first step towards building bridges of peace and understanding diversity in their communities and the workplace.

Finding Your Lost Family Stories

Grand Ballroom

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

FREE FAMILY HISTORY WORKSHOP with Fran Jensen
The lost and forgotten stories; everyone has them. This presentation will show how we can find amazing family stories from family photos, letters, newspapers, thank you notes, yard sales, websites, family legends and many more. Even finding the long-lost family story can be turned into a story by itself. Come learn how to get at the Heart of the Story!

Unfortunately, Syd Lieberman cancelled for health reasons.

Search. Learn. You're On: Building New Programs

Birch Room

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Workshop with Lynn Ruehlmann
Struggling to build a new program on a theme you haven't done before? This workshop gives you ways to find new material and alter stories you already know to fit the new theme. Participants see and hear examples of many story elements (such as songs, finger plays, drawn stories, folded stories, dances, and puppets) and then as a group, build a new program. Everyone goes home with handouts and a bibliography for finding materials on any topic that comes up in the future.

Every Day is Basil Hoopis Day

Cedar Room

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Showcase/Workshop with Robin Bady
A weird kid from another country who didn't speak English and wore wrinkled mismatched clothes was the perfect target for middle school bullies - Basil was that kid. Robin watched and said nothing. Then, at her 30th High School reunion, she was given a second chance. This is a story about immigrants, the cycle of bullying and how we all can take a stand.

Spinning a Yarn Around the Post of History

Aspen Room

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Workshop with Chris Crowe
How do you combine historical fact with fiction in creating historical fiction? Chris will reveal his secrets as he discusses and brainstorms this process with workshop participants. He will also share a glimpse of his forthcoming historical novel, "Death Coming Up the Hill".

The Secret Sauce: How to Work with Stories for Personal/Organizational Change Success

Amphitheater

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Workshop with Karen Dietz
Whether confronted with personal change or wanting a successful organizational transformation, stories are your best but most underutilized resource. Don’t let your personal or org change project fall off the rails by not including storytelling into the mix. In this interactive workshop, learn how to use stories through each phase of the change cycle for maximum engagement and a successful result. Topics covered:

• The psychology of change and the power of stories
• The role of stories during changing times
• The 7 phases of the change cycle
• Your highest leverage point when working with stories
• How to not tell the wrong story at the wrong time
• When to share stories and when not to
• Documenting and sharing triumphs

Lunch & Networking / NYSS Q&A

Zion & Bryce Rooms

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Take the time to network with other conference attendees as you enjoy a delicious meal. Lunch is included in the registration fee. NYSS youth will also enjoy Q&A with storytellers during this time.

SNAP!

Grand Ballroom

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM

Showcase performance by Regi Carpenter
Regi will share her own incredible true story of her teenage experience with mental illness and her journey back to health and freedom. Committed to a state mental hospital, Regi encounters healing through the dedicated therapists and teachers who help her decide to live. This story is a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit and is filled with hope, redemption and grace.

Bringing the Dead to Life

Juniper Room

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Workshop with Clive Romney
Faithful, historical storytelling may be the most difficult, yet most rewarding type of telling. In this workshop, you will learn how to honor and bring the dead back to life. What you learn in this process will enrich and change you.

Listen Up! Now Hear This!

Elm Room

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Workshop with Donna Ingham
Like any skill, listening takes practice. And nothing promotes really active listening any better than stories. Listening to stories fosters an appreciation for narrative structure, cultural history and traditions, and the universal truths that connect us all. Listening for stories is vital for those who wish to collect, preserve, and pass on tales of family and region.

Voice, Character, and Making Your People Real (Part 1)

Birch Room

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Workshop with Andy Offutt Irwin
As soon as a told-about-person leaves our lips (whether that person is true-to-life or fictional) that person becomes a character. If we storytellers are doing our job, the listener creates a solid image and “sees” the character.This will be an experiential acting workshop exploring Stanislavski's praxis process, DeNiro's animal image exercises, and Viola Spolin's Theatre Games.

Truth Telling or the Theory of Relativity

Cedar Room

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Workshop with Regi Carpenter
This workshop is designed to complement the performance of Snap! It will be part discussion and party story-work. Participants will consider the relationships between storytelling and "truth" when crafting personal stories. How do we allow more than one "truth" to be told in a story? How do we tell the truth without preaching? Please bring a snippet of a story you are interested in working on.

Symbols, Stories, and Stakeholders: Elements of Influencing Organizations

Aspen Room

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Workshop with Shawn Moon
Every organization has at least three levels—the individual, the team that individual works on, and the broader organization. Regardless of how you define your organization and regardless of how large or small your organization is, stories are powerful symbols and catalysts for change and growth. This interactive and engaging session will address the role and impact of story and symbol in an organizational context and how we can improve our effectiveness in developing and sharing stories.

Redefining Our Tribe—Storytelling to Mobilize Diversity in the Workplace

Amphitheater

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Workshop with Noa Baum
Today more than ever we face the challenge of an increasingly diverse workplace with greater than ever needs to come together, merge conflicting perspectives and create collaborative, highly functioning groups. Today more than ever story matters: Storytelling is an effective tool to build diverse, accepting and trusting working teams.

Greek and Grand: Creating the Classic Tale

Juniper Room

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Showcase/Workshop with Lynn Ruehlmann
These three ancient stories can't help themselves. They have already infiltrated your life. You've met these characters, and you've dealt with these problems. Can hearing the old Greek stories clarify what's up with you in the 21st century?

Seeking the Spirits: Finding, Developing, and Telling Ghost Stories

Elm Room

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Showcase/Workshop with Susanna "Granny Sue" Holstein
Every region of our country echoes with stories of strange events, unexplained experiences, and unexpected encounters. Participants will learn how to take a short anecdote or story fragment and enrich and develop it into a full story.

Voice, Character, and Making Your People Real (Part 2)

Birch Room

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Workshop with Andy Offutt Irwin
As soon as a told-about-person leaves our lips (whether that person is true-to-life or fictional) that person becomes a character. If we storytellers are doing our job, the listener creates a solid image and “sees” the character.This will be an experiential acting workshop exploring Stanislavski's praxis process, DeNiro's animal image exercises, and Viola Spolin's Theatre Games.

Your Life Story: A Tool for Growth and Change

Cedar Room

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Workshop with Noa Baum
Tap into the power of story to foster new insight, growth, and connection. Think of your life as an unfolding story and discover the mythic themes and characters woven into your personal narrative. This workshop focuses on storytelling, exploring the unique power of the spoken word. As we create a community of tellers and listeners, Noa will guide you in finding and exploring a personal story through an interactive and fun process that will give you insight and perspective on your life's story.

Data Storytelling: How to Merge Stories and Facts to Leave Folks Inspired

Aspen Room

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Workshop with Karen Dietz
Facts tell, stories sell. But when we absolutely need to share data, scientific research, numerical graphs and charts, or lots of facts and figures, how do you do so and still share a story that engages and inspires people? In other words, how do you deal with data and not put folks to sleep? The answer: when you are able to take your material and storify it. The purpose of this workshop is to learn how to merge data and stories together so your material can inspire people to action. Topics covered:

• How the brain works differently with data and stories
• Data is objective; story is personal – here’s how they go together
• Between stories and data, where to place the emphasis
• Adding story elements to data
• Finding the key message of your data story
• Specific steps to take to bring data and stories together for maximum impact
• How to end your data story to move people to action

The Captain and the Deck Prism: Leading Through Story

Amphitheater

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Workshop with Bill Bennett
For many years, captains of sailing ships used deck prisms to bring light to the sailors who worked below. As a leader of a business, community organization, classroom or family, you have a responsibility to shed light on what matters and if done well, may be surprised at how much talent will emerge from others. Learn how to cast that light from your vantage point through story to help illuminate and inspire those with whom you associate.

Kevin Kling & Andy Offutt Irwin in Concert

Timpanogos High School

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Join us for a magical evening of storytelling with national storytellers Kevin Kling and Andy Offutt Irwin. A perfect chance for you to watch storytelling in action and be transported by the magic of a great tale well told!

Separate ticket required: $10 (family pricing is available)

SaturdayMar15

Breakfast & Registration

Provo Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Check in early and become acquainted with other conference attendees. Continental breakfast is included in the registration fee.

Chicken Soup for the Chicken: the Healing Power of Story

Grand Ballroom

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Keynote address by Kevin Kling
People have always used stories to cope with an unpredictable world. Our challenging experiences often make the most meaningful stories. When dealing with loss, we need to see the universal in our personal experience. Humor can often be the best way to connect with one another. In this talk, Kevin will share some of his own healing stories, taking the audience through some of his most personal losses and back into the light.

Telling the Family Tree

Elm Room

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Workshop with Regi Carpenter
Stories shared from our own experiences strengthen our understanding of identity, culture and unique family life. This workshop focuses on evoking, shaping and sharing stories from our lives and the lives of our family members. We will explore our stories in both oral and written form.

NYSS Workshop

Birch Room

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Co-coaching stories with Andy Offutt Irwin. This workshop is open to NYSS youth storytellers only.

Start with the Truth, Then Stretch It

Cedar Room

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Workshop with Donna Ingham
Even for lies and tall tales, one necessary component is believability. This workshop will show participants how to start with "true" situations and characters (even relatives and friends, perhaps) as back story and set-up before launching into the exaggerations that define a good lie.

What Every Author Should Know about Publishing in the 21st Century

Aspen Room

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Workshop with Christopher Robbins and David Miles of Familius
Join 20-year-publishing veteran Christopher Robbins and digital guru David Miles in a no-holds-barred discussion about what is happening in book publishing today. Topics covered include ebook and self-publishing revolutions, best marketing practices, tips to getting picked up by publishing houses, working with publishers, and where the market is heading.

Storytelling: The Idea Bridge - Integrating Learning Across the Curriculum

Amphitheater

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

FREE WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS with Sherry Norfolk
Storytelling is a powerful vehicle for integrating the reading, writing, listening, speaking and research standards of the Common Core Curriculum. Participants will discover ways to: 1) quickly and effectively engage students, 2) move them towards deeper understanding in fiction and non-fiction, and 3) provide meaningful and relevant ways for students to demonstrate their knowledge and comprehension.

Lunch & Networking / USG Meeting

Zion & Bryce Rooms

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Take the time to network with other conference attendees as you enjoy a delicious meal. Lunch is included in the registration fee.

Utah Storytelling Guild (USG) will meet in the Elm room.

National Youth Storytelling Showcase Concert

Grand Ballroom

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

FREE PERFORMANCE by NYSS Youth, hosted by Andy Offutt Irwin
Each year, thousands of youth across the country participate in storytelling competitions in schools, libraries, and communities. The top 8-10 finalists are selected to be the National Torchbearers. Come see these outstanding youth in live performance at this special concert, with guest emcee, Andy Offutt Irwin.

The National Youth Storytelling Showcase (NYSS) has seen 22 years of excellence! For more information, go to: http://www.nationalyouthstorytellingshowcase.org/NYSS/Welcome.html

The Stories We Carry: Crafting the Personal Story

Grand Ballroom

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Workshop with Kevin Kling
When telling a personal story, how do we recall the details hidden in our past? In this workshop, you will work with storyteller tools such as creating imagery, working with humor and crafting dialogue. You will also look at other elements that transform an experience into a story, especially "the invitation" where you develop trust and enter into a conversation with your audience. Kevin will break down and analyze some of his own stories and then you will work on some of your own personal stories.

Material Search: Teaching the Stories to Come to You

Birch Room

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Youth workshop with Andy Offutt Irwin
We will practice relaxation and observation skills, and play games in order to capture the stories that are all around us. Because, you know, right after that successful day of telling stories, you get that stop-in-your-tracks realization that you know you have to come up with new stuff! And then you tell those new stories. And then you have to make up more stuff. And then you tell those new stories. And then you have to make up more. And tell…and make up… and tell…

Separate ticket required.

Leveling the Playing Field: Storytelling and the Special Needs Classroom

Cedar Room

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Workshop with Sherry Norfolk
Storytelling reaches the hard-to-reach, the children with special needs, and ones whose problems can’t even be diagnosed. In this hands-on session, participants will explore storytelling strategies that enable children of all abilities – even non-verbal children! – to demonstrate their comprehension and retention of story structure and meaning.

Mask Works: Movement for Storytellers

Aspen Room

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Workshop with David Morgan
This highly interactive workshop will teach participants how to use the body to communicate emotion, relationship and story through the use of Laban techniques, neutral masks and movement. NOTE: 20 participants maximum.

Blogging for Beginners

Amphitheater

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Workshop with Susanna "Granny Sue" Holstein
Share your storytelling life with the world. Class includes discussion of the two most popular blog platforms, pros and cons of each, and basic set-up. Your blog can be up and running by the time class is over! Must have internet-capable device that will access webpages and allows editing online.

Storytelling 101: Leap into Storytelling

Birch Room

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Workshop with Lynn Ruehlmann
In this highly interactive workshop, participants will hear stories, participate in warm-up storytelling exercises, and be led through especially effective techniques to be able to retell stories themselves in an encouraging environment.

Creating Your Own Personal and Family Story Vault

Cedar Room

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Workshop with Steffani Raff
In this workshop you will construct a personal and family history story vault. Using free digital tools you will build a searchable database of all your ideas, stories, journaling, etc... for easy access. Learn tips and tricks in structuring a vault so finding stories is effortless. Bring a computer with internet access for optimal learning experience.

Finding Your Own Voice(s)

Aspen Room

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Workshop with Robin Bady
Bring your stories to life! Let your body lead the way as you unlock your vocal and physical expression to create strong unique characters. This workshop sparks creativity and imagination as you discover new voice(s), physicalize characters, sharpen your point of view and strengthen your skills. Come an open mind and a willingness to explore and have fun; leave with tools to use and teach!

Building Family Stories through Social Media

Amphitheater

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Workshop with Stacy Julian
Social media can be more than a time-wasting distraction or interruption in a busy, purposeful life. It can be a fabulous tool for both connecting family members and crafting family stories. Join Stacy Julian for this engaging presentation and conversation filled with realistic ideas, easy solutions and expert recommendations for using both mobile applications and social networking channels to write, record and share your stories.

Participants will need to be familiar with mobile technology and social media. Please bring a mobile device (i.e. iPhone, iPad or android mobile device) to get the most out of this workshop.

NEW! Story Slam

Grand Ballroom

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Story Slam Theme: "Your First Love"
Admission to the event is included in the ticket for the Finale Concert, which begins at 7:00 p.m.

This is an open mic event where voluntary participants from the audience tell their true personal tales.

Rules to participate:
1. Enter by putting your name in the hat located at check in throughout the conference and on stage in the Grand Ballroom on Saturday from 5:30-6:00 p.m. Names will be drawn determining participants on stage beginning at 6:00 p.m.
2. The story you tell MUST be true, not longer than 5 minutes, use the theme "Your First Love," and cannot be read.

Finale Concert

Grand Ballroom

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Take the opportunity to hear some new storytelling talent by attending our storytelling conference finale. This year's conference presenters will leave the classroom behind and perform on stage. Performers will include: Donna Ingham, Regi Carpenter, Sherry Norfolk, Granny Sue Holstein, Steffani Raff, Lynn Ruehlmann, Robin Bady, and Andy Offutt Irwin.

Separate ticket required. Admission to the Finale Concert includes admission to the Story Slam which begins at 6:00 p.m.

Robin Bady

Storyteller Robin Bady draws upon world folklore, fairy tales, oral traditions, ghost stories and literature for fun interactive storytelling performances that educate as well as entertain. With guitar and songs, movement and madcap characterizations, she brings her stories to joyful life, creating an electric and engaging rapport with her audience. Her storytelling connects us to each other across cultures, traditions and time, powerfully reminding us that we are all members of one world family.

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Noa Baum

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Noa brings a unique perspective to conflict resolution and organizational behavior. She has worked with some of the world’s largest organizations, such as The World Bank, The Mayo Clinic, The Kennedy Center, and the U.S. Department of Defense. This year she was part of the 2013 New Story Leadership, an organization that brings together bright Israeli and Palestinian students for an 8-week training in leadership, negotiation, and narrative techniques.

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Bill Bennett

Bill Bennett is a consultant with FranklinCovey and the author of two novels: "Jacob T. Marley" and "The Christmas Gift". In Bill’s many years of leadership positions, he crafted all the key messages in the context of story, believing it to be the best way to illuminate and inspire both the head and the heart and helping his teams bring out the best in themselves.

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Regi Carpenter

A storyteller since 1996, Regi has performed at the National Storytelling Festival as well as many other national storytelling venues. She has been a storyteller in resident at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Equally adept at children’s programs and adult performances and workshops, Regi’s work is a “big hearted embrace of the world.” Loren Niemi, Executive Director, Heart of the Beast Theater. Regi is a professor of storytelling at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York as well as a teaching artist for students ages 4-22.

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Chris Crowe

Chris Crowe, an award-winning author, has written poetry, essays, books, many articles for academic and popular magazines, and fiction and nonfiction for teenagers. Books include Mississippi Trial, 1955 and Getting Away With Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case.

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Karen Dietz

Karen Dietz, PhD., owner of Just Story It, is based in San Diego, CA. She is a consultant, facilitator, trainer and coach working with leaders and executive teams to cultivate and tell their most compelling stories and uniting people to pursue dramatic new goals. Her process derives from her expertise in the diverse fields of folklore, storytelling, creativity, strategy, organizational development, high performance teams, and interpersonal communications.

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Susanna Holstein

Susanna "Granny Sue" Holstein lives in Jackson County, West Virginia. As storyteller “Granny Sue” she performs across West Virginia and out of state, telling stories and singing Appalachian and British ballads. She is the West Virginia Liaison to the National Storytelling Network, past secretary and founding board member of the West Virginia Storytelling Guild, 2nd Vice President of West Virginia Writers, Inc. and a member of the Appalachian Wordsmiths writing group and several regional storytelling organizations

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Donna Ingham

Donna's adaptations of classic tall tales and her original stories have won national awards. She is a popular speaker as well as a featured performer at storytelling and folk life festivals. She also has the dubious honor of having been named the Biggest Liar in Austin seven times, Houston twice, and San Antonio once, and she won the first Biggest Liar in Texas competition in 2005 and in 2011. In 2007 she was named recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award for outstanding contributions to the art of storytelling.

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Andy Offutt Irwin

With a manic “silly putty” voice, astonishing mouth noises, and hilarious stories, Andy is both mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers peppered with a touch of Southern balladeer. A native of Covington, Georgia, Andy is a storyteller, humorist, singer, songwriter, musician, whistler, and walking menagerie of sound effects and dialects. In addition to being a nationally acclaimed storyteller, Andy provides educational programs and camps for children.

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Fran Jensen

Fran is the Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch. She is particularly talented with deriving stories from facts and data. Fran loves family history. She enjoys the hunt for headstones and photos of ancestors. Both add detail to the family history stories she loves to write. Spending hours on a photo restoration project is fun for Fran, not work. She enjoys the research, hunting for online sources. She loves how technology helps her find long-lost cousins and make new friends.

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Stacy Julian

Stacy Julian is a prolific scrapbooker, instructor, keynote speaker, author, blogger, and storyteller. The founder of Big Picture Classes and Simple Scrapbooks magazine (2002–2009), Stacy loves to share her passion for memory keeping and storytelling with worldwide audiences. She hails from Spokane, Washington, where she and her husband, Geoff, stay busy raising their five children.

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Kevin Kling

Kevin, a man of many talents, is widely known for his work on NPR’s All Things Considered and his plays that are performed worldwide, but it is his storytelling that draws us to him. Kevin knows how to tease humor and wry observations out of every-day happenings by mixing the ridiculous with the sublime. As an author and playwright, Kevin is deft at crafting compelling stories.

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David Miles

David is both a published author and a successful Internet entrepreneur. He joined Familius in 2012 and manages its digital books, design, and online marketing. David graduated from BYU in Business Management and was General Management's 2013 Outstanding Student. David wrote and illustrated his children's book called Mrs. McFig and the Very Big Wig, which won first place in the National Written and Illustrated By Contest.

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Shawn Moon

Shawn D. Moon is an experienced executive and author. He is an Executive Vice-President of Global Sales and Delivery for FranklinCovey with more than twenty years of experience in sales and marketing, program development, and consulting services. He also had responsibility for Franklin Covey's internal learning university. Shawn has conducted numerous training courses and keynote addresses to a broad base of clients across the globe. He is the author of three books: The Job to Be Done Now, On Your Own: A Young Adults' Guide to Making Smart Decisions, and Bill's Christmas Legacy.

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Sherry Norfolk

Sherry Norfolk is an award-winning internationally acclaimed storyteller, author, and teaching artist. Co-author of Literacy Development in the Storytelling Classroom, the Storytelling Classroom, and Social Studies in the Storytelling Classroom, she is a leading authority on integrating learning through storytelling. Her telling style is distinctly her own, full of rhythm, motion, multiple voices, and opportunities for interactive participation.

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Steffani Raff

Steffani's performances and workshops are energetic and captivating. Her signature style is humor with heart, making her a crowd favorite. She champions the art of storytelling in the home, drawing from her own experience as a mother, inspiring others to tell their life stories and to create imaginative tales for the children they love. As an author, her next project “When the Mirror is Broken and Other Beastly Tales of Beauty: 16 Fairy Tales About Real Beauty” is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2014.

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Christopher Robbins

Christopher has been in the magazine and book publishing industry for more than twenty years. He is the founder and CEO of Familius. He previously served as CEO of Gibbs Smith, holds an MBA from BYU, and has held board positions with the Independent Book Publisher Association (IBPA), Writers at Work, and the BYU Management Society. Christopher has presented and lectured at BYU, the IBPA University, Westminster University, the Children's Writers Workshop, and Writers at Work. He is published in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

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Clive Romney

Clive Romney, Pearl-Award-winning recording producer, composer, songwriter, storyteller, arranger, teacher and performer, and a forty two-year veteran of the music business, serves as Executive Director of Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts. Clive has taught Introduction to the Music Business and songwriting at Brigham Young University in Provo, and other music courses at the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College.

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Lynn Ruehlmann

Lynn Ruehlmann loves delicious stories about people from history, myths, and her own life. Her CDs, "Spy! The Story of Civil War Spy Elizabeth Van Lew," "It Happened in the White House,” and “Mischief!” have won four national awards.

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Lodging

HOTEL

Where and how do I make hotel reservations?
Lodging is available at the Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 101 W 100 N, Provo, UT 84601. Room rates are just $98 each night between March 13–16, 2014 for a standard single or double room.

Reservations can be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservations at 1 (800) 228-9290 or (801) 377-4700. To obtain the discounted rate, reservations must be received on or before Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Be sure to mention you are coming for the Timpanogos Storytelling Conference.

TRANSPORTATION

How can I get from the airport to the conference?
It is approximately a one-hour drive from the Salt Lake City International Airport to the Orem/Provo area. For shuttle service, contact Xpress shuttle at (800) 397-0773 or visit their website at xpressshuttleutah.com.

Where is the event and where should I park?
The Timpanogos Storytelling Conference is held at the Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 101 W 100 N, Provo. Parking is available in the hotel parking garage. See schedule for other evening concert locations.

FAQs

REGISTRATION

How do I register?
You can register online, by phone, by mail, or in person using VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit/debit cards. If paying by check, make checks payable to Timpanogos Storytelling.

• Click on “Buy Tickets” above to register online
• Call (801) 229-7436 to register by phone
• Register in person at:

Orem Public Library
58 N. State Street
Orem, UT 84057

• Register at the Conference beginning Friday, March 14, at 7:30 a.m.

Is there an early bird discount?
Register for the full Conference event before February 19, 2014, for the early bird price of only $135 (a $15 savings).

Is lunch included with my registration?
Lunch is included with your full Conference registration. *** Friday, March 7th is the last day to order a lunch with your registration. *** For additional meals, you can eat in the hotel dining room, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or at many other restaurants within walking distance.

What if I need to cancel my registration?
A $10 fee will be assessed for each refund requested. All refunds must be requested in writing, and no refunds will be made after the start of the conference. You may arrange for a substitute to come in your place at any time.

WHO MAY ATTEND

Who may attend?
The Timpanogos Storytelling Conference is open to ages 13 and above. The special youth workshop with Andy Offutt Irwin is open to youth ages 9-18. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate nursing infants or young children in workshops.

STUDENT PRICING

Is student pricing available?
The student rate applies to any high school or college student with a valid school ID.

What are the credit requirements?
You can receive university credit for El Ed 589R or Sc Ed 589R through Brigham Young University (BYU). For an additional $34, and attending at least 6½ hours of conference events, you will receive ½ credit hour, or attend 15/50-minute sessions OR 13/60-minute sessions and receive 1 credit. Course requirements will be sent upon receipt of registration. Or contact mathulove@gmail.com.

 

YOUTH STORYTELLERS

Are there storytelling workshops for youth?
We love youth and want to help grow the next generation of storytellers.  The Conference includes a workshop for youth ages 9–18.

Youth will join Andy Offutt Irwin and this year’s National Youth Storytelling Showcase (NYSS) participants on Saturday afternoon to learn how to discover and write great stories. Space is limited, so register early. Before the workshop you can attend the free NYSS concert and see youth storytellers in action.

ASL INTERPRETERS

Are ASL interpreters available?
Call (801) 229-7436 by March 7, 2014, to schedule an American Sign Language Interpreter.

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