May
26
3:30 pm15:30

FM STORYTELLING RADIO PRODUCTION 1 ½ hour

This is an interactive and hands-on workshop designed to explore the traditions of oral storytelling through the art of radio.  We will turn events, heroes, villians and fools of our favorite Alberta and Canadian historic tales and happenings into fun fodder for a Storytellers’ News Radio Broadcast.

This workshop is crafted to bring out the best of every participant.  You may find yourself on the ‘news’, ‘traffic’ or ‘weather’ team or maybe in the sound effects and music department.  But whichever the case, your skills as oral storyteller and performer contribute to a truly unique and deeply collaborative work of radio.

Bio- David Merleau

David Merleau is a storyteller and radio producer with ‘postapocproductions.com’.  He has worked with CBC, VOBB, CKUU and CKDJ.  He is currently the radio project manager for SCradioCC and the host and producer of ‘Up On A Time: Your Storytellers New Magazine Show.

May
26
3:30 pm15:30

ALL TOGETHER NOW: CRAFTING AND TELLING AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION TALES 1 ½ hour

You’ve seen it happen.  An audience joins in -- chanting along, singing along, and helping tell the story. But what makes it work? Come learn methods for adapting stories to increase participation, methods for inviting participation, and strategies for facilitating participation.  Like many tellers, at first I could only tell the audience participation stories I had learned as participation stories (either from other tellers or from reading them in books of participation tales). With lots of trial and error and lots of observations of my storytelling colleagues, I have learned how to adapt stories for participation without needing to “find them” already in that form. It is this skill I teach in the proposed workshop.

Bio – Mary Hamiliton

Over thirty years of enjoying storytellers, telling stories -- many with lots of audience participation -- and marveling at how storytelling works undergird Mary Hamilton’s performances and workshops. This year she won the 2016 National Storytelling Network, National Distinguished Service ORACLE Award.  Mary resides in Frankfort, Kentucky, USA.

 

May
26
1:30 pm13:30

VOYAGEUR SONG AND DANCE 1 ½ hour

Participants will feel as if they’ve magically stepped back in time!  Through music, stories, and dance you will journey back across French Canadian history.  This workshop offers a variety of easy and complicated line, circle and square dances.  All songs are traditional French Canadian songs.  In addition, participants will learn to play the spoons and hear the story of ‘After Midnight’ a story authored by Gilbert Parent.

Bio- Le Bucheron     Gilbert Parent

Over 1 million Canadian students in the last 33 years have experienced Les Bucherons’ lively, interactive and FUN presentations: Canadian History, French Canadian Culture and the environment.  Gilbert encourages participants to understand the traditions and cultural diversity that render Canada a truly unique country.  He builds awareness and appreciation for Canadian culture, music, folklore and values.  Gilbert resides in the greater Edmonton, Alberta area.

 

May
26
1:30 pm13:30

VOCAL CARE 1 ½ hour 1 ½ hour

As a storyteller your ‘instrument’ is your voice. Learn the fundamentals of caring for the speaking voice, identifying trouble signs and doing exercises for vocal ease. 

Bio-  Mary Hays

Mary Hays, from Olds, Alberta, is a full time storyteller who enjoys telling stories that tickle the funny bone and touch the heart.  She enlivens storytelling sessions and workshops with puppets, rhymes and a range of stories from folktales to stories of Alberta history.

Mary teaches storytelling at the post-secondary level, coaches public speaking and tells stories in schools, libraries, senior’s homes, tipis and cemeteries.  Storytelling anytime, anywhere!

Mary is trained in Speech Arts and Drama from the Royal Conservatory and the Mount Royal Conservatory.  Her training included a study of vocal production and performance.

May
26
1:30 pm13:30

KAIROS FIRST NATION BLANKET EXERCISE 1 ½ hour 1:30pm & 3:30-5pm

Please join me in this is an interactive role playing session to learn about the history of the First Nations, Metis and Inuit People from pre-European contact to present. This is an easy, practical strategy/teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples of Canada. The Blanket Exercise can be used in classrooms, group counselling sessions and staff professional development to create a sense of welcome, belonging, awareness and understanding. Participants will participate in the blanket exercise and sharing circle. Think of this as a one-hour intense interactive exercise on the important timeline/events/impacts on First Nations, Metis and Inuit people from pre-contact to now. The Adult Script will be used for this session. There is also a Youth Script available.

Bio – Glenda Bristow

Tânsi, Glenda Bristow nitisîyihkâson, Ayîkis Sâkahian ohci. Hello, my name is Glenda Bristow. I am Cree from Frog Lake First Nations. I presently work as the Director of Technology/Programs for St. Paul Education Regional Division No. 1. and have been a part of this education family for 15 years. Within my role, I manage and supervise Division Technology, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education, Division Career Counselling along with various other duties. Prior to working at central office, I spend several years teaching at the primary level at both the provincial and federal level and worked as a Director of Education for Frog Lake First Nations. Being a Cree Woman and working in education has many positives and challenges but at the end of the day, it’s knowing that we made a difference in the lives of many students which is makes working in the field so rewarding. 

May
25
1:00 pm13:00

BODY LANGUAGE POWER 3 hour

Learn how to command the stage and gain self confidence without a word. The slightest adjustments will strengthen your characterization, self-image and body chemistry.   

Bio-  Holly Robison

Holly Robison is a storyteller, musician, presenter, mentor, and--first and foremost--a wife and mother.  She has spent over foureen years lifting audiences and individuals through story and song.  As a National Speakers Association Member with a degree in theatre from Brigham Young University and years of training in communication and inspiration, Holly has the skills and charisma to entertain and guide anyone to self-confidence and success.

I presented this workshop at the 2016 Sydney International Storytelling Conference, the 2016 Portland Storyteller’s Guild Workshop series and variations of it in a few other organizations. I presented many other workshops of the Utah Storytelling Guild and other organizations. I have been a teacher and presenter for 20 years in church, school, and other organizations.  Holly resides in Cornelius, Oregon, USA

May
25
1:00 pm13:00

OF TRISTAN AND TAM LIN: TWO TELLERS AND THEIR SCHOLARLY WAYS 3 hour

The worlds of story and study often seem far apart.  The storyteller weaves words to engage the listeners, to show them images that stir the heart and mind.  The scholar reads and writes words to reflect deeply about ideas and methodologies.  But, in fact, they live easily in each other’s presence.  Ginger Mullen and Melanie Ray present their favourite stories and discuss how they researched them. Melanie offers insight about staying true to both old texts - rooting a story in its time and culture - and her own instincts for the story and a contemporary audience. Ginger addresses some uncomfortable questions and critical issues that have shaped her tales.

Bio-  Ginger Mullen

Since 1992, Ginger Mullen’s immersion into the oral tradition has led to a unique storytelling style that blends performance and scholarship.  Having earned a Master of Arts that focused on folktales in general, and the ballad of “Tam Lin” in particular, she brings to her craft a deep and layered understanding of the stories she tells.  Currently, she juggles several roles that draw on her multi-disciplinary knowledge.  She teaches Storytelling at Mount Royal University in Calgary and University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  She presents papers about various folktales both nationally and internationally.  And she continues to tell stories and facilitate programs for schools and community organizations.

Bio – Melanie Ray

Melanie Ray brings an actor’s training to her storytelling, coupled with delight in language, old tales, in stories true and stories newly minted.  She has over 32 years of professional experience, gained mostly in Canada, but including some presentations in America and the U.K.  Thanks to a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2005, she has been able to develop and tour the Medieval romance “Tristan and Iseult.”  She has taken this epic to many places across Canada, including Edmonton, Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto and Nanaimo.  In 2010 she presented it at the Beyond the Borders Storytelling Festival in Wales.  She recently co-produced the SCCC Conference in Vancouver.

May
25
1:00 pm13:00

CREATING YOUR VERSION 3 hour

Anne and Jennifer share the wealth of their knowledge and more than 60 years of combined experience in storytelling and teaching. This hands-on workshop includes a variety of activities designed to hone skills for a strong performance and connection with the audience. The session includes visualization, finding effective language, developing interesting characters, and the use of body and space to make the story larger than the words.

This is a unique opportunity to work up-close with these well-recognized performers and benefit from their complementary skillsets.

Why take this workshop?  To make your story be more engaging, more real, more alive!  and to see your audience lean into your story!

Bios-  Jennifer Ferris and Anne Glover

Jennifer Ferris is as enthusiastic about the work of other storytellers as she is about her own. She has facilitated workshops for diverse groups: from Parks’ Interpreters to Montessori teachers to the BC Green Party. She gives workshops to adults, gifted children, families and international students.  Participants find that her gentle approach and enthusiasm offers a safe environment to try new ideas.

Anne Glover’s bilingual storytelling career spans 30 years of performing, speaking and consulting.  Today, she travels the globe with her storytelling, sometimes seeing as many as 45,000 students in a year. Annes work is characterized by a strong audience rapport and effective embodiment of her characters. In 2016, Anne was honoured with the Storykeeper Award by Storytellers of Canada/ Conteurs du Canada.

May
22
9:00 am09:00

Master Class: Telling What You Know

History has recorded our first 150 years.  Some of the most interesting reading has been the stories that individuals have chosen to share with us of their life and times.  They truly reflect Canada and its culture.  As we move on into the next 150 years, we must continue to share our stories, but we must continue to share them well.

As storytellers we know in our hearts what makes a good story.  However, learning to put that into practice is something that must be practiced. I have taught Storytelling Workshops (both at the beginning and intermediate levels both in Ottawa and Qualicum Beach/Parksville).  Since moving to British Columbia, my storytelling classes have enjoyed full enrolment, but by the end of the six-week classes (one class per week), the participants inevitably tell me they really don’t want to do the storytelling I teach (which is the basic folk and fairy tales).  They want to write their own stories.  I believe it largely has to do with the age of the population since I live in the demographically oldest community in Canada.

I realized that what I was teaching had an amazing link back to storytelling and the telling of personal stories – especially for the Moth-type storytelling – the concepts are identical.  It is the delivery method that differs.  I have now adapted the memoir writing workshop to the short personal story and its proper construction and delivery.  In fact, the concepts of this workshop can relate to the writing of any story, although I aim it at the writing of the personal story. 

Bio-  Marva Blackmore:  editor, storyteller and writer

She has told stories internationally and at venues across Canada including the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. She brings a long and varied life experience to her storytelling – be it her personal stories, historical tales, epic renderings, folk and fairy tales, or literary stories.  She has delighted audiences at festivals, coffee houses and on concert stages.

She is a Past President of the Storytellers of Canada, and also belongs to the Mid-Island StoryTellers in Parksville/Qualicum Beach as well as the Around Town Tellers in Nanaimo. 

She participates in Epic tellings and was a regular participant in Stories from the Ages in Ottawa.  She also participates in the Epic tellings in Vancouver and organized the very successful telling of the Odyssey in Nanaimo in 2014.  She also organized and facilitated the preparation workshop for that event and arranged to have the event recorded and distributed via the internet to participants who could not attend.

She teaches courses in Storytelling and also leads workshops in Memoir Writing Using Storytelling Techniques. She edits fiction and memoirs for local area authors.  She also produces self-published e-books and hard-copy books for local authors under the banner of her own publishing company, Weaver of Words Publishers.  www.wordweaver.info