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2021 Conference Workshops

All Workshops are on Saturday, November 13

In-person conference registrants receive access to a total of four sessions.

Partial virtual registrants receive access to Workshop #3.


Morning Session (choice of one)

1 Collage in Storytelling - A Story is More Than the Sum of Its Parts

How to use collage techniques to combine anecdotes, images and other bits and pieces into a story that is larger than the sum of its parts.  This workshop is about a unique non-linear approach to story creation.  We'll discuss gathering bits and pieces for your story, creating micro-stories efficiently and effectively, and use those micro-stories to build a larger narrative that will engage audiences, and feel fresh, unique and contemporary.  (While this workshop was originally intended for fiction and personal narrative stories, it has also been used very successfully to re-structure folk and fairy tales in interesting ways!) 

Presenter: Paul Strickland

About Paul Strickland: Paul is the featured teller for our 2021 conference. You'll find his photo and bio on our website here. Learn more on his website: www.ainttrue.com.


2 Museum Tour of Blue Licks Museum

An in-person tour of the museum which features information about the prehistoric animals who visited area salt licks and the battle fought here that was one of the last battles of the American Revolutionary War. A park interpreter will be on hand to answer questions and provide information in addition to the film regularly shown at the museum.


3 Storytelling Studio: A Guide to Digital Storytelling & Social Media Marketing

Take your storytelling to the next level! Learn about several virtual storytelling platforms and find out how you can embrace social media to promote your craft to the world. In-person registrants will receive the Zoom link in advance.

Presenter: Erin O'Neil (Delivered virtually, via ZOOM. Partial Virtual Registrants receive this workshop; in-person registrants also have access.)

About Erin O'Neil: Erin is an experienced digital storyteller and author who has embraced the art of social media as a tool for connection, promotion, and engagement. She has captured audiences worldwide with her video blogs and creative content, and attributes much of her book sales success to her online presence. Her book, Gui Ren: Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary People, celebrates the unique relationships she discovered while traveling solo through Southeast Asia in 2017. For more information visit www.erinoneil.org


1st Afternoon Session (choice of one)

4  Liar's contest -- You must be the star of your tall tale in this competition. Maximum Story length: Five Minutes

5 Tips for Sharing Stories with Memory Care Residents

Teri Lott has shared tales with hundreds of Memory Care residents over the years. Although not an expert, she has learned through personal experience as well as research, methods to assist you in sharing stories with this fun, but challenging group of listeners. Join this workshop and learn what her KISS (Keep it Simple & Successful) tips are. You'll also have the opportunity to add your own tips and strategies so we can learn from you as well. Presenter: Teri Lott

About Teri Lott: When Teri Lott retired from teaching, she wondered, "What's next?" Storytelling seemed a perfect fit for her love of stories and gift of gab. So she started sharing stories professionally at schools, libraries, retirement communities, festivals, and more. Then 2020 came. So Teri adapted and began sharing stories virtually and through recordings. She also collected some of her favorite tales and published her first book, Lots of Tales Stories that Grow with Your Children, followed by its sequel, Lots of Tales, Too. Teri is excited to present her first workshop at a KSA Conference. Learn more at: http://lottsoftales.weebly.com   


6 Moving Stories – Adapting Tales into Active Games

Come in your comfortable shoes ready to play with Charlotte. You'll leave with games you can use in your own setting, along with a heightened awareness of how to adapt stories into games and how to successfully lead the games.  Children and adults will be delighted.   

Presenter: Charlotte Hickam

About Charlotte Hickam: Charlotte Hickman is a storyteller, teacher, and artist, who retired after 28 years of teaching elementary physical education in the North Carolina public schools. Throughout her years of teaching, she combined literacy and movement using story and was frequently awarded Teacher of the Year for her school.  In addition, she successfully engaged every single student in the creation of yearly Tellabration events. During many North Carolina summers she served as the arts & crafts director at Lutheridge Camp, and in the winters she helped co-ordinate and run Wild Women Retreats, explorations of faith, art, and living. She's currently living in Louisville, Kentucky, which puts her much closer to her sister, Kentucky storyteller Cynthia Changaris.


2nd Afternoon Session (choice of one)

7  Find the Funny: Using Humor in Stories

Humor can help everyone to connect to any type of story, if you know how to apply it. In this workshop, students will learn through participation exercises, presentations, examples and discussion from a stand-up comedian and Second City Graduate, turned storyteller. You will learn how humor can enhance even the most serious stories, and how to find and shape the humor in your stories for maximum audience impact. Topics include "What is humor?", "Why use humor?", "Type of humor", and "How to find and bring out the humor in your stories".

Presenter: Steve Daut

About Steve Daut: Steve has been telling stories ever since the dog first ate his homework. During his early years in Iowa, he told stories about imaginary aunts, lovelorn people seeking advice, and legendary pets. His stories took the form of magic acts for many years, then playwrighting, acting and directing, sketch and standup comedy, and improv. In the spoken word form we call "storytelling", he has found a true home. He fuses all of this breadth of experience together to provide storytelling programs full of humor, heart, and just perhaps - a bit of magic. Learn more at : www.stevedaut.com


8 Rhapsody, Rhythm, - Lyrical Rhyme, Mesmerized People, Once Upon a Time

Explore the Science and the Practice of Poetic Storytelling. We will review brain responses to rhythm and rhyme, look at some classic stories and create or convert some short tales using rhythm and rhyme for our own use. Presenter: Lee Edgerton

About Lee Edgerton: Lee grew up in the small (pop. ~ 450) rural community of Kuna, Idaho, where he received his elementary and secondary education.  He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho and his Ph.D. from Purdue University.  He retired from the University of Kentucky (Dept. of Animal and Food Sciences) in 2011.  He is active in the UK Emeriti Faculty, the UK Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Sunrise Toastmasters, and Lexington Storytellers.  He and his wife (Melinda) have two children and 3 granddaughters.  He is a just-wait-til-next-year gardener and a novice beekeeper.


9 Storytelling from the Ground Up

Interested in Storytelling? Want to learn the basics? This workshop will teach the basics of storytelling. You will learn the basic framework of a good Story and how it works. Through the model of the "Story Bug," you will explore how the parts work together to bring a story to life and make it go. The Story Creation Arc will give you a process for creating a story from start to finish. In addition, the workshop will consider the judicious use of description and detail to build, deepen and enhance a story.

Presenter: Ray Mendenhall

About Ray Mendenhall: Ray grew up in a family of talkers and he took to it. His primary vocation as preacher, teacher and speaker helped him hone his communication skills. He has told stories his whole life, but in 2000, Ray discovered storytelling as performance art. Since then, he has told stories in venues as varied as schools, libraries, festivals, state fairs, conferences, civic clubs, story slams, liar's contest, churches and family gatherings. He has led workshops on beginning storytelling, the effective use of detail, folk instrumentation, as well as storytelling in preaching and teaching. He has won several storytelling awards. Learn more about Ray at: www.jollymanstories.vistaprintdigital.com.



3rd Afternoon Session  (Choice of one)

10 Who, Me?  Telling Your Personal Story

A primer on fleshing out your own personal stories.  Attendees will be given ideas for gathering, developing and telling their and their families' personal stories.  Story prompts, timelines and other elements will be used to help jog memories and bring out those events that help shape us and our histories.

Presenter: Judy Baker

About Judy Baker: Judy Baker is the Tennessee State Liaison for the National Storytelling Network, the program and event chair for the Cleveland (TN)  Storytelling Guild's annual Ocoee Story Fest and serves on her local arts council.  She has told regionally at festivals including the Cumberland Falls Storytelling Festival, the Storytelling Festival of Carolina and the Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival and at churches, schools and libraries.  She has conducted workshops at festivals and conferences and served a middle school residency helping "specially able" students develop and present their stories.  Learn more at www.tellyouastory.com.


11 How to Create Great Character Voices

Find the voices that live inside your story's characters. Light up your imagination in this fun, hands-on workshop with award-winning storyteller and author, Donna Marie Todd. Do you know what's wrong with most "character voices?" There's not a real person in there! It's just an accent or, worse yet, a cheap caricature of an ethnic or social type. Real character voices come from real characters and in this workshop, you'll have a blast building one from scratch. You can bring a character idea from a story you're working on or come with a blank slate. Presenter: Donna Marie Todd

About Donna Marie Todd: Donna Marie is an award-winning storyteller, author, teaching artist, and TEDx speaker. The President of the Asheville Storytelling Circle and the editor of The Biblical Storyteller magazine, she trained in vocal performance at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and is an expert in vocal pedagogy. She is a powerful original narrative artist, blogger, and podcaster. Michael Reno-Harrel says, "She's not a storyteller, she's a movie projector." Learn more at www.donnamarietodd.com.  


12 Taking your Story Off the Page and Onto the Stage

Show, Don't tell: Applying the differences between the written and spoken story. Reading tells a story, but storytelling shares. Most of the communication is nonverbal, yet as storytellers we often rely heavily upon the written word, neglecting body language and other tools to engage the audience. This workshop discusses, teaches and applies methods used to conversationally share stories with an audience.  

Presenter: Mike Perry

About Mike Perry: Mike emcees, teaches and tells mostly original tales throughout Western Pennsylvania including appearances at: Pittsburgh's Tellabration, Ellwood City Storytelling Festival, and Youngstown Ohio Children's Book Fair. His stories and style draw from a unique and varied resume, that include teaching elementary school, performing as an educational entertainer, traveling with Ringling Brothers as a circus clown, and performing in Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas. He's taught storytelling to students at The University of Pittsburgh, and Carlow University, to teachers at The Allegheny Intermediate Unit, and to lifelong learners at The University of Pittsburgh's OSHER Program. Learn more at www.mikeperry.biz




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