Welcome to this year’s Timpanogos Storytelling Conference at the Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. We are so pleased that you are joining us! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Conference Center located at 101 West 100 North in Provo, Utah. Please plan on parking in the Marriott parking garage; it is convenient and parking is complimentary. You will not want to park on the street where there is a two-hour parking limit.
After parking in the garage, enter the hotel, turn left and follow the signs to registration. Registration is from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. each morning. Since the opening sessions begin at 8:30, you will want to arrive before then.
Most of our sessions will be in the classrooms in the South Lobby. This is where you will find the Amphitheater, Aspen, Birch, Cedar, Elm and Juniper meeting rooms. You will also find Fanfare in this lobby where you can buy storytelling books, CDs and DVDs.
Lunches will be served in the ballroom; that is the setting for our keynotes as well. Restrooms are conveniently located in all areas we will be using. We look forward to seeing you. If you have any questions or concerns during the conference, we would be happy to help you in the registration area.
Hello friends! If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend the Timpanogos Storytelling Conference, let me tell you, it is a treat. Imagine sitting with some of your favorite storytellers from the summer festival and getting to know them on a whole new level while learning the secrets of their craft. I had the opportunity to attend a series of workshops in August 2012 and it was a wonderful experience. Not only was I entertained by stories, but I also learned very practical tips for creating and enhancing my own stories. From Kim Weitkamp, I learned the importance of filling my children’s moral warehouse with stories and how to use storyboxing and memory maps to flesh out those stories. From Antonio Sacre I learned the practical realities of publishing children’s books. He also taught some great ways to gather story ideas, which has been useful in my family and personal history work as well.
This year I’m so excited to see what I can learn from Syd Lieberman and Kevin Kling, as well as from other storytellers and presenters who I know will become new favorites for me. While my background is in teaching, I have found that these classes are useful in my family history work, my parenting, and can be so helpful in business as well. Almost everyone has opportunities to connect with others through stories. This conference is your chance to enhance your storytelling skills.
The full conference lasts two days, Friday and Saturday, March 14-15th. For those whose time is limited or who just want to check out the conference, then you might enjoy the free pre-conference concert or the free workshops for teachers and family historians. Try it, you just might find yourself recommending it to friends this time next year.