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