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April 2016
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1
  Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival
  Southern Crescent Storytellers monthly meeting
  Sharing the Fire Conference
   Coffee Bene Storytelling Series
2
  Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival
  Sharing the Fire Conference
  "Crossroads Series" Writing and Performance Institute with spoken word artist Minton Sparks
  Coastal Alabama Storytelling Festival
3
  Sharing the Fire Conference
  Falling for Emily Dickinson - a Performance by Jay O'Callahan
4
5
6
7
  extempo
8
  Caravan of Stories
9
  Bottle Rockets and Spider Veins told by Bil Lepp
  StoryFest 2016
10
  Fireside Tales, Storytelling For The Whole Family
  Word Plays: Luck Strikes
11
  Story Circles with Jan Turner
12
13
  Identity Narratives: Rediscovering our Professional Identity Through Story -Spirituality Conference by Canadian Association for Spiritual Care
14
  Identity Narratives: Rediscovering our Professional Identity Through Story -Spirituality Conference by Canadian Association for Spiritual Care
  Stone Soup Storytelling Festival
15
  Identity Narratives: Rediscovering our Professional Identity Through Story -Spirituality Conference by Canadian Association for Spiritual Care
  Stone Soup Storytelling Festival
  Sounds of the Mountains Music & Story Festival
  Regeneration Story Slam
16
  Identity Narratives: Rediscovering our Professional Identity Through Story -Spirituality Conference by Canadian Association for Spiritual Care
  Stone Soup Storytelling Festival
  Sounds of the Mountains Music & Story Festival
  Tales of the Falls, a Storytelling Tour
17
  Stone Soup Storytelling Festival
  HAPPY PANTHER: My Experience in the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party
  3rd Birthday Bash
  Baseball As Good Medicine
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21
22
  Stories At The Core-Creating Heritage Tourism Initiatives
23
  "Crossroads Series" Writing and Performance Institute with spoken word artist Minton Sparks
24
25
  trueGAY
  Story Circles with Jan Turner
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27
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29
  T.C. Steele: A Poet, A Philosopher, and a Painter told by Lou Ann Homan
  Bay Area Storytelling Festival
  Chesapeake Storytelling Festival
  Northlands Storytelling Confabulation
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  Bay Area Storytelling Festival
  Chesapeake Storytelling Festival
  Northlands Storytelling Confabulation
  "Crossroads Series" Writing and Performance Institute with spoken word artist Minton Sparks
  Woodstock Story Festival
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Apr 1st, 2016 (Fri) -- Apr 2nd, 2016 (Sat)
  Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival
State: Georgia

The Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival showcases the art of Southern storytelling with a particular focus on Appalachian stories, both traditional and contemporary. The GMSF offers storytelling and musical performances, children’s events, a quilt display, and storytelling workshops so that community members, visitors, and students of all ages will not only learn about the tradition and history of our region through storytelling, but also have the opportunity to become part of its preservation. This year's festival features Lyn Ford, David Holt and Josh Goforth, Doug Elliot, Andy Offutt Irwin, Sweet Sunny South (Tracy Walker, Debbie Weston From, and Hannah From), a showcase of tellers from our area, and a special panel of YHC student storytellers. Tickets are free to anyone 18 and under and to YHC students. General admission at the door is $20 per day or $35 for two days. Early-bird and senior discounts are available via online ticket sales through March 18: gmsf2016.eventbrite.com.

10AM-9PM on Friday and Saturday
Free for age 18 and under; free for YHC students; $20/day or $35/two days general admission; early-bird and senior discounts via online ticket sales through March 18: gmsf2016.eventbrite.com

Young Harris College
1 College Street
Young Harris, GA 30582
--two hours from Atlanta, Chattanooga, and Asheville

706-379-5115
alawrence@yhc.edu
www.yhc.edu/storytelling

Apr 1st, 2016 (Fri)
  Southern Crescent Storytellers monthly meeting
State: Georgia

Southern Crescent Storytellers is a cluster group of the Southern Order of Storytellers located on the south side of Atlanta. They meet monthly to share stories and to plan storytelling events. All storytellers and story listeners are invited to attend and participate.

1:00-2:30 PM
Admission free

Hwy 54 & Broken Bow Ct
130 Peachtree East, Suite 200
Peachtree City, GA 302694045

770.460.9946
anne50w@aol.com

Apr 1st, 2016 (Fri) -- Apr 3rd, 2016 (Sun)
  Sharing the Fire Conference
State: Massachusetts

Join us at the UMASS Hotel & Conference Center in Amherst, MA on April 1-3, 2016 for Sharing the Fire – Storytelling in a Changing World. We will explore the unique role that stories and the craft of storytelling can serve in a world where issues of gender, technology, environment, and social justice are causing everyday folk to reexamine ideas and values.

Sharing the Fire (STF) - the Northeast Storytelling Conference - is the place to come to experience the best tellers in the Northeast. The general public is invited to storytelling concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings. For storytellers and those interested in learning how to tell stories, the weekend of workshops provides unmatched professional and personal development opportunities.

7pm Friday through 1pm Sunday
Admission  $235 Early Bird Rate

UMASS Hotel and Conference Center
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst Massachusetts

866-448-7414
lanesdirector@gmail.com
lanes.org

Apr 1st, 2016 (Fri)
  Coffee Bene Storytelling Series
State: Minnesota

Tales From Another Stage's annual storytelling series has moved across the river to Saint Paul after a successful three year run at the Anodyne Café in Minneapolis to Coffee Bené located next to Davanni’s Restaurant across from Saint Thomas University in Saint Paul. Even with that change this series has continued to feature storytelling by some of the area's’ best tellers in an informal atmosphere. Rousseau complimented his offering so far with invited guest tellers; Jim Stowell in October, Tom Cassidy in November, Amy Salloway in December, Dorothy Cleveland and Ann Reay in February, and Ward Rubrecht in March.

The series is offered on the first Friday of the month with the first four shows in October 2015 through December 2015 and the next three will be February 2016 - April 2016. On Friday, April 1st at 7pm for the final installment of the storytelling series Richard will be joined by Erica Christ.

Take a break and relax in a warm, comfortable environment, enjoy good food and beverages, and experience some of the best storytelling you are likely to find anywhere. There is no admission charge though a tip basket will be available if you wish to express your appreciation for the tellers. Arrive early to claim a seat and, if you wish, order food and beverages.

7:00 PM - 8:30PM
Admission Free, but a tip jar will be available to express your appreciation to the tellers.

53 Cleveland Ave S, St Paul, MN 55105
651-649-1757
Richard@Tales-From-Another-Stage.com
talesfromanotherstage.com

Apr 2nd, 2016 (Sat)
  "Crossroads Series" Writing and Performance Institute with spoken word artist Minton Sparks
State: Tennessee

Join us for a unique opportunity to improve your writing and performing skills under the direction of world-renowned spoken word artist Minton Sparks

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, writing your story is one of the best things you can do for you health, happiness, and ability to stay connected in relationships. We invite you to connect to your story to the following topics:

April 2, 2016: Your personal story and vocation
April 23, 2016: Your personal story and motherhood
April 30, 2016: The transition to an "Empty Nester"

Every one of us has a story about who we are. Some are wildly inspiring; other times, they are the very things that hold us back. Minton believes that tremendous value lies in locating yourself within a particular time and place in history. After all, many wonderful artistic pursuits are born out of autobiographies. This workshop offers you an opportunity to better discover who you are through exploring and listening deeply to how your own story crosses paths with various topics/themes.

The Writing Performance Institute is in its fourth year. While Minton typically teaches out of Nashville, she has taken the workshop to corporations and communities around the country and across the world, including Enterprise, OR at the Fishtrap Writing Workshop, Houston, Texas at the Mucky Duck, at the Old Towne School of Folk Music in Chicago, IL, and the Sha Institute in Altea, Spain.

Register (at least 1 wk in advance of each workshop): www.mintonsparks.com

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Admission  $100

The Curb Center at Vanderbilt (1801 Edgehill Ave, Nashville, TN 37212)
402-212-9137
minton@mintonsparks.com
http://mintonsparks.populr.me

Apr 2nd, 2016 (Sat)
  Coastal Alabama Storytelling Festival
State: Alabama

There's fun for the entire family at the inaugural Coastal Alabama Storytelling Festival taking place on Dauphin Island, Alabama, on April 2. Local storytellers will share life experiences of growing up during the 30s and 40s on a barrier island before a bridge connected it to the mainland and making a living by oystering, shrimping and fishing the waters of Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Professional storyteller Dolores Hydock will perform stories from diaries kept during the Civil War, accompanied by music historian Bobby Horton playing camp songs and other period music.
The Festival will also feature cultural demonstrations including oyster tonging, oyster farming, crabbing, cast net weaving, and wooden boat building. Traditional food will be available for purchase from local restaurants.

9:30 am - 5:00 pm CDT
$15 - Children 10 and under admitted free (limit 2 per adult)

Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council
918 Bienville Boulevard
Dauphin Island, AL 36528

251/861-3300
dauphinislandarts@gmail.com
dauphinislandarts.com

Apr 3rd, 2016 (Sun)
  Falling for Emily Dickinson - a Performance by Jay O'Callahan
State: Massachusetts

Jay O’Callahan, international storyteller, takes a bare stage and single-handedly transforms it into a dynamic and sensitive world filled with compelling characters. In Falling for Emily Dickinson, Jay takes listeners on a journey into the poet’s mysterious and passionate world.

1:30 - 2:45pm
Admission $15

UMASS Hotel and Conference Center
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst Massachusetts

866-448-7414
lanesdirector@gmail.com
www.lanes.org

Apr 7th, 2016 (Thu)
  extempo
State: Vermont

Vermont's most popular live storytelling series is now in its seventh year! At each event, local raconteurs get on stage and regale the audience with their short-format, first-person, true stories delivered without notes or reading. Often half the participants are veteran storytellers, and half are newcomers trying it for the first or second time. extempo travels from community to community and takes place in a variety of venues: from bars, to bookstores, to barns!

8:00pm
Admission $5

Bridgeside Books
29 Stowe St
Waterbury VT

802-244-1441
storytelling@extempovt.com
http://www.extempovt.com

Apr 8th, 2016 (Fri)
  Caravan of Stories
State: California

The Silk Road House invites you to join us on a Caravan of Stories. Our travels begin in October in Dunhuang, China, and we will stop each month in a new caravanserai to hear rarely told tales from the heart of Asia until we reach Istanbul in June. We hope you will join us on this fabulous journey!

All events will take place at the Silk Road House, from 6.30-8 p.m. Suggested donation: $15/person, $25/family. All performances are family friendly.

October 9, 2015 Dunhuang, China, with Cathryn Fairlee
November 13, 2015 Kashgar, Uighurstan, with Neshama Franklin and Dana Sherry
December 11, 2015 Pamir Mountains, Tajikistan, with Sara Armstrong, Ann Riley, Carol Nyhoff, and Sandra Niman
January 8, 2016 Samarkand, Uzbekistan, with Cathryn Fairlee, Carol Nyhoff, and Ann Riley
February 12, 2016 Merv, Turkmenistan, with Ann Riley, Dana Sherry, and others
March 11, 2016 Isfahan, Iran, with tellers to be announced
April 8, 2016 Baku, Azerbaijan, with tellers to be announced
May 13, 2016 Tbilisi, Georgia, with tellers to be announced
June 3, 2016 Istanbul, Turkey, with tellers to be announced

All Silk Road House events are sponsored by the Silk Road Foundation.

6:30-8 p.m.
Admission $15/person, $25/family

The Silk Road House
1944 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
925-258-6803
dlsherry@hotmail.com
www.silkroadhouse.org

Apr 9th, 2016 (Sat)
  Bottle Rockets and Spider Veins told by Bil Lepp
State: Indiana

For our annual fundraiser, Talk of the Town, we are bringing back fan-favorite teller Bil Lepp. Audiences drive from miles around to hear his riotously funny-and true-stories. This year, he'll tell us what happens when sixteen year old boys get a hold of bottle rockets and then try to pull an epic prank in a train tunnel.

7:30 - 10 p.m.
Admission $35/Advance, $40/Door

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
450 W. Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

317-576-9848
Ellen@storytellingarts.org
www.storytellingarts.org

Apr 9th, 2016 (Sat)
  StoryFest 2016
State: Minnesota

This year's Minnesota Festival of Storytelling will be taking place on Saturday, April 9th, 2016. It is the 16th year of storytelling, poetry, comedy, spoken word, and more provided by StoryArts of MN.

The evening concert is hosted by Chris Lear and featuring performances from Story Arts' own monthly series PROMPT: stories based on, inspired by, or tangentially related to classic works. Those tellers include Javier Morillo, Richard Rousseau, Maggie Ryan Sandford, and Christy Marie Kent. WIth special guests Pam Colby and Ifrah Manousr. This evening will be hosted at Sisyphus Brewing in Minneapolis.

Besides the evening concert there is a whole day of story at the City of Lakes Waldorf School that will include:
10 STORYTELLING SERIES.
4 UNIQUE STAGES.
3 MORNING WORKSHOPS.
1 EVENING CONCERT.

10:00 AM - 4:30PM, 7:30PM
Sliding scale of $10-20, $8 with a Fringe button or for SAM members, $5 with a day pass. Tickets are available at the door.

Sisyphus Brewing - 712 W Ontario Ave, # 100, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
The City of Lakes Waldorf School - 2344 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 787-2661
storyartsmn@gmail.com
http://storyartsmn.org/storyfest-2016/

Apr 10th, 2016 (Sun)
  Fireside Tales, Storytelling For The Whole Family
State: Ohio

The Storytellers of Central Ohio (SOCO) will present “Fireside Tales, Storytelling For The Whole Family”, at the Ohio History Center’s, Ohio Village Church, I-71 & 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211. The doors will open at 1:30 pm and the program will begin at 2:00 pm. A donation of $5.00 is requested for all tickets.

The talented SOCO tellers have been entertaining people across the country for over 20 years. Be a friend and bring a friend to SOCO’s “Fireside Tales 2016, Storytelling For The Whole Family” on April 10, 2016.

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission  A $5.00 donation is requested for all tickets

Ohio History Center’s, Ohio Village Church, I-71 & 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 268-0532
frankmcgarvey@sbcglobal.net
http://www.socotales.org

Apr 10th, 2016 (Sun)
  Word Plays: Luck Strikes
State: New York

Luck often strikes us - for good or, sometimes, for bad. Come hear how these stories turn out,
as told by: Siri Allison, Fran Berger, Janet Carter, Claire Nolan, Sandy Schuman.

If you're one of those people who lingers in your car long after reaching a destination just to
hear the end of Garrison Keillor's "The News from Lake Wobegon" or Ira Glass on "This American
Life," then Word Plays may be for you.

Seventeen performers will be telling during this season. At each Word Play, a different group of
performers tell rarely heard contemporary and traditional stories about being human. You will
discover that Word Plays is a shared experience between the audience and the performer,
combining the intensity of a solo performer with the intimacy of a face-to-face conversation.

Each show has its own theme where each story told relates to that theme.

Click here to watch many of our performers tell stories.

2 pm
Admission $12/person, groups of 8 or more pay only $8 per ticket

Fenimore Gallery at Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 383-4620
Kate@KateDudding.com
http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/word-plays.shtml

Apr 11th, 2016 (Mon)
  Story Circles with Jan Turner
State: Georgia

Presented by Remembering Forward: Stories in Motion. Story Circles focus on true, personal stories for grown-ups. Discover your innate talent as a storyteller or just come and listen! You will:

Find the meaning in the stories of your life.
Draw on memories, cultural images and sensory experiences.
Gain confidence by practicing your stories in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere.
Learn how to connect with listeners in a meaningful way.

Story Circles are open to the public; drop-ins welcome!

7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Admission Suggested donation $5

Thrive Integrative Medicine, 2080 Prince Ave., Athens, GA 30606.
706-850-0851
janturner111@yahoo.com
thrivespace.net

Apr 13th, 2016 (Wed) -- Apr 16th, 2016 (Sat)
  Identity Narratives: Rediscovering our Professional Identity Through Story -Spirituality Conference by Canadian Association for Spiritual Care

Building on last's theme of Legacy and telling the story of who we are, our conference will focus on the use of narrative in our personal life, or professional work as spiritual care providers through workshops and 2 keynote speakers. This year we are pleased to have Dr. Evan Adams and Dr. Shane Sinclair, as our keynote speakers. Dr. Adams is a Coast Salish actor and physician from the Sliammon First Nation. In 2014, he was appointed the first ever Chief Medical Officer of the First Nationals Health Authority in British Columbia.
Dr. Shane Sinclair specializes in research that identifies the determinants of quality spiritual care and modifiers of spiritual wellbeing within clinical settings.

Time(s)   
9-4 p.m. please see website for schedule
Admission  $25 per event (plenary, workshop)

Coast Plaza Hotel
1763 Comox St,
Vancouver, BC V6G 1P5

604-503-5287
CASC2016@gmail.com
http://www.spiritualcare.ca/eventdetails.asp?ID=194

Apr 14th, 2016 (Thu) -- Apr 17th, 2016 (Sun)
  Stone Soup Storytelling Festival
State: South Carolina

Stone Soup Storytelling Institute's premier event, the official storytelling festival of South Carolina-
Stone Soup Storytelling Festival- Woodruff, SC. Storytellers- Tim Tingle, Sheila Arnold Jones, Faye Fulton, Madeline Pots, Martha Reed Johnson, Robin Schulte and other friends. New Voices, Lunch’n’Laugh, Friday Night Special, Ghost Stories, History, Children’s Stories, Liar’s Contest, Carolina's New voices, Tell It All, After Party, Stories of Grace, and the Stone Soup Marketplace. www.stonesoupsc.com
You don’t want to miss this!

Thursday- 6-8:30pm; Friday- noon-9pm; Saturday- 10-10:30pm; Sunday- 11am-noon
Admission: Free- $45

Main Street, Woodruff, SC

864-706-5532 or 864-476-8154 ext 47
stonesoupkp@aol.com
www.stonesoupsc.com

Apr 15th, 2016 (Fri) -- Apr 16th, 2016 (Sat)
  Sounds of the Mountains Music & Story Festival
State: Virginia

Featuring Kevin Kling, Bil Lepp, Barbara McBride Smith, Antonio Rocha, and music from Carrington Kay.
Our 15th festival at Camp Bethel in Fincastle, Virginia. Don't miss our special campfire with the tellers following the stories Friday night. Free S'mores! The festival begins Friday evening at 7:00 pm and ends Saturday night. More info and tickets sales at our website. Discounted rates for groups of 12 or more. A beautiful setting nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains; a perfect spot for a Spring Story Festival.

Friday 7:00 pm to 9:45 pm thru Saturday 9:00 pm
Admission ticket prices vary - see website for details

Camp Bethel
328 Bethel Road
Fincastle VA 24090

540-992-2940
alan.hoal@gmail.com
soundsofthemountains.org

Apr 15th, 2016 (Fri)
  Regeneration Story Slam
State: Tennessee

Slam patrons wishing to tell a story will simply drop their names into a hat, from which six or seven names will be drawn at random. Three story judges selected from the audience will put their heads together and select the winning story of the night. The first-place teller will take home a cash prize.

The theme for this month’s slam is Blooming. All community members with a story to share are encouraged to throw their names into the hat. The Story Slam is not just for professional storytellers, but for anyone with a story to tell. Themes can be interpreted literally or poetically. Blooming stories could include a change of seasons or coming of age story. Tell us about a time you grew into your skin or came out of your shell. Were you a late bloomer? Come to the slam to hear and tell stories about Blooming.

8-10 pm
$5-10 Suggested Donation

Nelson Fine Art Center
324 E Main St
Johnson City, TN
423-439-7606
Storytel@etsu.edu

Apr 16th, 2016 (Sat)
  Tales of the Falls, a Storytelling Tour
State: Minnesota

Back by popular demand the story of the Minneapolis riverfront will come alive in this unique program led by master storyteller Richard Rousseau. Rousseau will spin three tales that weave the history of St. Anthony Falls with the expectations of the present in three different historic spaces within Mill City Museum. Between stories, participants will walk to the next location while learning about the Washburn A Mill, the home of Mill City Museum.

The next three shows are on the third Saturday of each month February - April 2016, from 1:00pm - 2:30pm.

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Admission $14 adults, $12 ages 5-17, $4 discount MNHS members. Includes museum admission

704 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
612-341-7582
mcm@mnhs.org
http://www.mnhs.org/event/1096

Apr 17th, 2016 (Sun)
  HAPPY PANTHER: My Experience in the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party
State: New York

J. Edgar Hoover declared “the Black Panther Party represents the greatest threat to the internal security of the country.” What made the BPP so dangerous? Not the guns-- but the Free Breakfast for Children and other survival programs that BPP initiated.Storyteller Michael D. McCarty was a member of the Illinois Chapter of the BPP and colleague of Deputy Chairman Fred Hampton, who was assassinated by the Chicago police under the direction of the FBI. Later it was discovered that this was part of COINTELLPRO, Hoover’s program of deception, lies and skullduggery that would destroy many lives. Michael became a target of COINTELLPRO after leaving the Party. He has stories to tell. havemouthwillrunit.com (appropriate for adults and children 14 and older)

3:00 PM
Admission free

The Provincetown Playhouse, 133 MacDougal Street, NYC, NY
212-260-3674
regina@reginaress.com
http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/edtheatre/programs/storytelling

Apr 17th, 2016 (Sun)
  3rd Birthday Bash
State: New Jersey

Storytellers Mosaic celebrates it's 3rd Birthday with a live performance of folktales, personal stories, music and more. Come join us for a fun afternoon of storytelling and community.

2-4pm
Admission  $5 suggested donation with proceeds benefitting the Belmar Arts Council

608 River Road, Belmar, NJ (at the corner of 7th Ave & the RR tracks)

609-578-0495
storytellers.mosaic@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/StorytellersMosaic/

Apr 17th, 2016 (Sun)
  Baseball As Good Medicine
State: New York

This is a live storytelling event featuring personal stories of the amazing, magical, healing properties of the game. The event is Yankees/Red Sox: THE BATTLE ROUND and will feature storytellers representing the teams "battling" with their stories as the renowned Bowery Poetry Club in NYC.
All proceeds go to benefit the portion of the work of Made Visible Foundation www.madevisiblefoundation.org that puts media tools in the hands of young people with critical illnesses and develop programs so that they can tell their stories.

3:45 p.m
Admission  A benefit with tickets ranging from $25 -$100

Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
NY NY

917-623-9445
annie@annielevy.com
www.baseballasgoodmedicine.org

Apr 22nd, 2016 (Fri)
  Stories At The Core-Creating Heritage Tourism Initiatives
State: Missouri

Workshop
9 am-5 pm
Admission $25 (includes lunch & materials) Discount rate of $20 per person for five or more from same organization

The LEX Civic Auditorium
111 S. 11th St.
Lexington, MO 64067

573-884-9025
wooleryl@missouri.edu or callahang@missouri.edu

Apr 23rd, 2016 (Sat)
  "Crossroads Series" Writing and Performance Institute with spoken word artist Minton Sparks
State: Tennessee

Join us for a unique opportunity to improve your writing and performing skills under the direction of world-renowned spoken word artist Minton Sparks

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, writing your story is one of the best things you can do for you health, happiness, and ability to stay connected in relationships. We invite you to connect to your story to the following topics:

April 2, 2016: Your personal story and vocation
April 23, 2016: Your personal story and motherhood
April 30, 2016: The transition to an "Empty Nester"

Every one of us has a story about who we are. Some are wildly inspiring; other times, they are the very things that hold us back. Minton believes that tremendous value lies in locating yourself within a particular time and place in history. After all, many wonderful artistic pursuits are born out of autobiographies. This workshop offers you an opportunity to better discover who you are through exploring and listening deeply to how your own story crosses paths with various topics/themes.

The Writing Performance Institute is in its fourth year. While Minton typically teaches out of Nashville, she has taken the workshop to corporations and communities around the country and across the world, including Enterprise, OR at the Fishtrap Writing Workshop, Houston, Texas at the Mucky Duck, at the Old Towne School of Folk Music in Chicago, IL, and the Sha Institute in Altea, Spain.

Register (at least 1 wk in advance of each workshop): www.mintonsparks.com

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Admission  $100

The Curb Center at Vanderbilt (1801 Edgehill Ave, Nashville, TN 37212)
402-212-9137
minton@mintonsparks.com
http://mintonsparks.populr.me

Apr 25th, 2016 (Mon)
  trueGAY
State: Ohio

All of True Theatre's shows are named after the theme of the evening. On this night, we'll be hearing stories from people exclusively in the LGBTQ community or whose lives have been touched by the same. All of our shows feature 5 storytellers telling their true, personal stories based on the evening's theme, but get your tickets early since we tend to sell out a week or two (or more) in advance!

7:30PM
Admission  $18

Know Theatre * 1120 Jackson Street * Cincinnati, OH 45202
1-513-300-5669
truedave2010@gmail.com
http://knowtheatre.com/true-theatre/

Apr 25th, 2016 (Mon)
  Story Circles with Jan Turner
State: Georgia

Presented by Remembering Forward: Stories in Motion. Story Circles focus on true, personal stories for grown-ups. Discover your innate talent as a storyteller or just come and listen! You will:

Find the meaning in the stories of your life.
Draw on memories, cultural images and sensory experiences.
Gain confidence by practicing your stories in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere.
Learn how to connect with listeners in a meaningful way.

Story Circles are open to the public; drop-ins welcome!

7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Admission Suggested donation $5

Thrive Integrative Medicine, 2080 Prince Ave., Athens, GA 30606.
706-850-0851
janturner111@yahoo.com
thrivespace.net

Apr 29th, 2016 (Fri)
  T.C. Steele: A Poet, A Philosopher, and a Painter told by Lou Ann Homan
State: Indiana

In celebration of the Bicentennial, the Indiana Historical Society will mount an exhibit on T.C. Steele and publish a Deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition of its book, "House of the Singing Winds: The Life and Work of T.C. Steele. To add another layer to the Bicentennial Celebration, Storytelling Arts of Indiana and the Indiana Historical Society have commissioned Lou Ann Homan to develop a story based on T.C. Steele, T.C. Steele: A Poet, A Philosopher, and a Painter. Steele captured the essence of the beauty of Indiana through his paintings. Steph back in time with Lou Ann Homan as she shares the story of life and loves of this extraordinary man who chose to live by his mantra, "Every morning I take off my hat to the beauty of the world."

8 - 9 p.m. performance followed by reception and viewing of the exhibit
Admission $15/Advance, $20/Door

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
450 W. Ohio St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

317-576-9848
Ellen@storytellingarts.org
StorytellingArts.org

Apr 29th, 2016 (Fri) -- May 1st, 2016 (Sun)
  Bay Area Storytelling Festival
State: California

The BAY AREA STORYTELLING FESTIVAL will take its final bow the weekend of April 29 – May 1 at the Orinda Community Center. The festival has been bringing the country’s most renowned and talented storytellers to Bay Area audiences of all ages for 30 years. This year we have it all, from contemporary personal stories to time-tested tales from many cultures, told by some of the best-loved performers we’ve hosted. We’re going out with a bang!”

The weekend, packed with stories and music, takes place on three stages of magical performers from across the country and right here in the Bay Area. Their range of styles, subject matter and cultural traditions means there’s something to delight every taste. The skills they use to enhance their stories range from mime to dance, from music to puppetry, to tall-tale exaggeration by the five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest.

Once again the Orinda Community Center welcomes story lovers to their cozy village setting, right off Highway 24, and walking distance from the Orinda BART station. Ticket options are available for every schedule and budget – from single events and special “samplers” [at the door only] to full day and whole festival passes available in advance through Eventbrite.com [order before April 26 for early bird prices]. Space is limited and seating is unreserved; last year many events sold out.

Admission  $10 for a single event to $85 for the complete festival

Orinda Community Center
28 Orinda Way, Orinda

510-869-4946
info@bayareastorytelling.org
bayareastorytelling.org

Apr 29th, 2016 (Fri) -- Apr 30th, 2016 (Sat)
  Chesapeake Storytelling Festival
State: Maryland

Join nationally acclaimed feature storytellers Dolores Hydock, Andy Offutt Irwin, Michael Reno Harrell, Ed Stivender, and Kim Weitkamp at the Chesapeake Storytelling Festival on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The two-day festival is held in-doors in three theatres at the Chesapeake College (Wye Mills, MD). The festival begins with an Olio on Friday evening at 7 p.m., then three concurrent stages featuring the national and local storytellers on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. There is a Yarnspinners Party and outdoor concert from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. followed by the closing olio from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. and then ghost stories with Kim Weitkamp and Mindy Burgoyne from 8:15 p.m to 9:30 pm.

The festival provides fun for the whole family. Food vendors will be on the campus.

Legacy of the Chesapeake will treat attendees to a taste of life on the Chesapeake Bay. Watermen and those who derive their living from the Bay will share stories and give demonstrations. You will be immersed in the culture and traditions of the Eastern Shore; you will laugh and marvel at the tenacity and humor of these hardworking and engaging men and women. Spending an afternoon tonging for oysters and baiting up lines will make an evening of picking crabs all the sweeter.
For full information, schedule, ticket purchases, local accommodation recommendations, campground, directions, and more, go to our Website at: chesapeakestorytelling.com .

Fri. Apr. 29, 7:00-8:30 pm; Sat. Apr. 30, 10:00 am-9:30 pm
All Access Weekend Pass $60 (children 12 & under free); Shorter sessions - Fees vary - see Website

Chesapeake College
1000 College Circle
Wye Mills, MD 21679

Queen Anne's County Centre for the Arts: 410-758-2520
BCook@queenannescountyarts.com
http://chesapeakestorytelling.com

Apr 29th, 2016 (Fri) -- May 1st, 2016 (Sun)
  Northlands Storytelling Confabulation
State: Wisconsin

Northlands Storytelling Confabulation features storytelling intensives, workshops, story swaps, slam, fringe performances, and story concerts. Warm welcoming atmosphere - come join us!

Friday afternoon 12:30pm-Sunday afternoon 12:30pm
Master Class with Tim Tingle Friday morning 9:00-Noon
Fees vary

815-344-6435
www.northlands.net
info@northlands.net

Apr 30th, 2016 (Sat)
  "Crossroads Series" Writing and Performance Institute with spoken word artist Minton Sparks
State: Tennessee

Join us for a unique opportunity to improve your writing and performing skills under the direction of world-renowned spoken word artist Minton Sparks

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, writing your story is one of the best things you can do for you health, happiness, and ability to stay connected in relationships. We invite you to connect to your story to the following topics:

April 2, 2016: Your personal story and vocation
April 23, 2016: Your personal story and motherhood
April 30, 2016: The transition to an "Empty Nester"

Every one of us has a story about who we are. Some are wildly inspiring; other times, they are the very things that hold us back. Minton believes that tremendous value lies in locating yourself within a particular time and place in history. After all, many wonderful artistic pursuits are born out of autobiographies. This workshop offers you an opportunity to better discover who you are through exploring and listening deeply to how your own story crosses paths with various topics/themes.

The Writing Performance Institute is in its fourth year. While Minton typically teaches out of Nashville, she has taken the workshop to corporations and communities around the country and across the world, including Enterprise, OR at the Fishtrap Writing Workshop, Houston, Texas at the Mucky Duck, at the Old Towne School of Folk Music in Chicago, IL, and the Sha Institute in Altea, Spain.

Register (at least 1 wk in advance of each workshop): www.mintonsparks.com

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Admission  $100

The Curb Center at Vanderbilt (1801 Edgehill Ave, Nashville, TN 37212)
402-212-9137
minton@mintonsparks.com
http://mintonsparks.populr.me

Apr 30th, 2016 (Sat) -- May 1st, 2016 (Sun)
  Woodstock Story Festival
State: New York

This spring, a new festival comes to the iconic Catskill Mountain hamlet of Woodstock, New York. The premiere of the Woodstock Story Festival (April 30-May 1) celebrates story in all its forms and features guest presenters who have established themselves at the forefront of the national storytelling movement.
Located at the Mountainview Studio, the festival brings 11 presenters as varied as their topics and perspectives: from “Storytelling at Work” by Mitch Ditkoff, author, co-founder and president of Idea Champions to “MytholoJAZZ,” classic Greek tragedies set to scat jazz by David Gonzalez; and from local Woodstock resident Goia Timpanelli—one of the founders of the worldwide revival of storytelling—to noted author and teacher of Native American wisdom, Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona, a leading proponent of narrative psychiatry. The Festival also showcases theatrical performances, the story of the original Woodstock Festival, myths, fables, and fairytales, and interactive workshops.
“We envision two days of high-level ‘edu-tainment,’ ” says producer and longtime Woodstock resident Peter Blum. “While our remarkable line-up of presenters will be sharing the power and use of story in every field of human endeavor, they also will also be providing a tremendously entertaining event.”

Saturday April 30 1 to 9 p.m.; Sunday May 1 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Full two-day festival admission price is $150; single day tickets are $95; meals and lodging not included.

The Mountain View Studio is located at 20 Mountainview Ave, Woodstock, NY 12498.
845-247-8839
pblum@hvc.rr.com
www.woodstockstoryfestival.com