Monday, September 1, 2014

Turn your calendar over and mark....


Come join us for a cup of coffee (coffee not actually required) at Bakehouse EAST on Saturday, September 6th, around 10:00 a.m.
Conversation, questions, information -  your chance to get connected with the Guild again.
Wednesday, October 15th, 6--9 pm, room 2B at the Monroe County Public Library on Kirkwood Avenue:   Auditions for the Festival of Ghost Stories.  Watch for more information about the type of stories we'll be looking for.

Friday, October 24, 7 - 8:30 pm:  Annual Festival of Ghost Stories, in Bryan Park.

Okay, you got that?  Calendars marked?  Good.  Watch this space for more info, or email Guild if you have specific questions.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Stories on the Street

We're taking to the street - 4th Street - to kick off the Spoken Word Stage performances for the 4th Street  Festival of Art.
You'll find us out there on the asphalt at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 30th.

We'll be hanging around afterwards if you want to talk to us about the Storytellers Guild -- maybe over a cup of coffee while we watch the crowds go by and before we go admire all the wonderful art at the show.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Goodbye, Summer -- Hello, Fall

Those Summer days of campfire tales and songs are fading into Fall, and a new storytelling season is beginning.
September will be here soon, and the Guild will be reconnecting with everyone to get a new season going.
Want to get involved?
Send an email to the Guild address and get on our email distribution list.
Call the coordinator.
Like our Facebook page.
Watch for more info coming soon!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Why we need more words for "Green"

"As for the use of words -- they are for the storyteller what notes are for the musician or colors for the artist.  A good, well-rounded vocabulary is a rich possession.  It is out of words that storytellers create those pictures that captivate the listeners; for it is through the medium of pictures that the story is told and gathered in by the listeners.  Words should be strong, of simple meaning; they should have color and that quality which arouses the imagination."
Ruth Sawyer,
in "How To Tell a Story"

Friday, April 4, 2014

Here's an opportunity to improve your art!

May 30-June 1, 2014
Announcing a supportive, challenging, helpful, enlightening and fun
Storytellers, Writers,
those of you who want to increase your effectiveness in your workplace or community through story!
Are you one of these people?
Then, this intensive coaching weekend is for you!

Conducted by two nationally renowned professional storytellers and story coaches,
Beth Horner and Susan O’Halloran

This coaching weekend will be rigorous and supportive with structured feedback sessions that are safe, practical and effective.
You will leave with clear direction, knowing your next steps to reach your goals.

Sometimes, we just need the structure of setting aside a weekend to get done what we’ve been meaning to do – work on our stories!
You know how powerful stories are. Give yourself the gift of laser attention from two premiere story coaches.
 Sue and Beth quickly create a safe environment that fosters freedom to experiment. They are both attentive and skilled listeners...they seem to have listened the story right out of me. They helped me find meaning, the essence and the arc of my family story. And there was lots of laughter! 

WHAT: A weekend in which you focus on your own specific story or project by being coached one-on-one. In addition, you will observe others being coached and thus, learn from their process and insights.  

WHO ATTENDS: Experienced, professional and new storytellers and writers plus those using applied storytelling within their organizations, communities, or for their own careers. Space is limited in order to give each participant individual attention. 

WHERE: At a private home in Evanston, Illinois

WHEN: Friday, May 30, 2014 (7:00 pm) to Sunday, June 1, 2014 (ending at 5:00 pm)

YOUR COACHES: Your story coaches, Beth Horner and Susan O’Halloran, each have over 30 years experience performing their stories to national and international audiences plus helping other artists, nonprofit and business leaders tell their stories in ways that are genuine, moving and unique to each person’s distinct style.

In addition to performing at the International Art of Storytelling Festival, multiple times at the National Storytelling Festival and on Live From National Geographic, Beth Horner has served as narrative consultant for the Johnson Space Center's StoryMining Project and presented storytelling workshops for scientists at NASA’s FameLab Astrobiology and for engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.

Susan O’Halloran has presented at the National Storytelling Festival, the Smithsonian Institute and was story consultant for the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces. For her film and video scriptwriting, she has won awards of excellence from the CINDY competition, the U.S. Industrial Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Advisory Board. Sue has appeared on PBS, ABC Nightline and inThe New York Times and has coached hundreds of nonprofit and corporate communicators.

Both Sue and Beth are recipients of the National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Oracle Award.


$550 (includes two hours of power coaching one-on-one with Sue and Beth on your individual project)*

Meals, lodging and travel expenses on your own

*Each individual coaching session plus the full weekend intensive will be facilitated by Sue and Beth together.

You get two experienced coaches at once focusing on you and your story!

Yes! I’m interested! What do I do now?

Go to: to fill out an online application and receive more information.
Join Beth and Sue for this powerful weekend!

Ellen H. Munds
Executive Director
Storytelling Arts of Indiana

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Carol Birch Workshop

Guild members were privileged to have an afternoon of listening and learning presented by Carol Birch.
It was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the art of storytelling,
to be inspired,
and to think about dimensions such as character, setting and culture expressed in story.
Thank you, Carol, for your help and guidance!

Friday, February 21, 2014

When the storyteller loses it...

Sitting right at the storyteller's feet, curly-headed Alaina says loudly " I didn't do it!"