The days grow short and the time comes again for spooky stories told in the long dark night... Join us for the Annual Festival of Ghost Stories, Friday, October 26, from 7 to 8:30 pm in Bryan Park by South Henderson Street in Bloomington. A Halloween-time tradition for more than 30 years, the Festival of Ghost Stories features haunting tales of ghosts and horror that will tingle the spine. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, dress warmly, and avoid the chill as seasoned storytellers spin their tales in the dark.
Best suited for adults, teens, and older school-age children. Not appropriate for younger children.
In case of inclement weather, the Festival of Ghost Stories will be held at the Monroe County Public Library. For weather updates, call the Community Events Hotline at 349-3754.
This community partnership event is presented by the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department; the Monroe County Public Library; and the Bloomington Storytellers Guild.
"People have wanted to narrate since first we banged rocks together & wondered about fire. There'll be tellings as long as there are any of us here, until the stars disappear one by one like turned-out lights.
Some such stories are themselves about the telling of others. An odd pastime. Seemingly redundant, or easy to get lost in, like a picture that contains a smaller picture of itself, which in turn contains--& so on. Such phenomena have a pleasing foreign name: they are mise-en-abymes.
We have just had a story of a story. Tell it yourself, again, & story of a story in a story will be born, & you will be en route to that abyme. Which is an abyss."
entertaining lecture-demo on the essentials of storytelling with activities for
learning to shape retellings. This workshop will be useful for anyone
getting started in storytelling and will be interesting to advanced
storytellers who might want to lead workshops themselves.
Master Class featuring
This session focuses
on ways that storytellers can help each other work through the process of
preparing a story for performance. The session engages the audience and other
tellers in learning response techniques to help colleagues develop and improve
their stories and storytelling. Workshop includes options to respond or
simply listen and observe.
9:00 - 9:30
a.m. On site registration and coffee
9:30 - 11:30
a.m. Essentials of Storytelling: A Beginner’s Workshop
Lunch: (optional) eat and chat with Guild Members in Fellowship Hall, Brown bag OR you can order sandwiches at registration for small additional fee.
1:00 - 3:00
p.m. Master Class (space is limited)
Library, 2nd floor
HOW TO REGISTER:
at the door if space is available.
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-829-4770.
Send an email
5.Sessions you plan to attend: Morning,
Afternoon, or BOTH
6.Are you new to storytelling, just starting, or
a practicing storyteller?
Payment (check or cash)
Make checks payable
to: Stephanie Holman
1.Mail your registration fee to:
Bloomington Storytellers Guild
Stephanie Holman, Treasurer
713 Bass Haven Lane
Spencer, IN 47460
2.OR pay at the door
You will receive a
registration confirmation via email
"Most storytellers quickly learn that giving characters voice – whether expressing inner thoughts aloud or speaking to other characters in the story – enlivens a telling and provides opportunity for vocal variety. But how many of us allow characters time to listen?" -from an article by Mary Hamilton
Come learn from Mary Hamilton in our workshops on July 21!
"...That's how I remember things, anyway. I remember stories. I connect the dots and then out of that comes a story. And the dots that don't fit into the story just slide away, maybe. Like when you spot a constellation. You look up and you don't see all the stars. All the stars just look like the big fugging random mess that they are. But you want to see shapes; you want to see stories, so you pick them out of the sky. Hassan told me once you think like that, too --that you see connections everywhere --so you're a natural born storyteller, it turns out."
Storytelling Workshop. Inspiring and entertaining lecture-demo on the
essentials of storytelling with activities for learning to shape
retellings. This workshop will be useful
for anyone getting started in storytelling and will be interesting to advanced storytellers
who might want to lead workshops themselves.
Class featuring advanced storytellers. Space limited.
This session focuses on ways that storytellers
can help each other work through the process of preparing a story for
performance. The session engages the audience and other tellers in learning
response techniques to help colleagues develop and improve their stories and
storytelling. Workshop includes options
to respond or simply listen and observe.
Fee and Early Discount
$25 in advance, or at the door
$20 Early Registration Discount - Registration received
is a single amount and covers the entire day.
Choose to attend one or both workshops for the same fee. Please be sure to indicate which sessions you
plan to attend.
Our spring meeting included, as promised, stories - amusing, thought-provoking and inspiring. And snacks - a table full of various goodies. And more than that-- it became an enthusiastic planning session and those in attendance became:
your newly formed Guild planning committee!
Just keep watching for all the exciting things we have coming!
“Stories have changed, my dear boy, " the man in the grey
suit says, his voice almost imperceptibly sad.
“There are no more battles between good and evil, no monsters to slay,
no maidens in need of rescue. Most
maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least
the ones worth something, in any case.
There are no longer simple tales with quests and beasts and happy
endings. The quests lack clarity of goal
or path. The beasts take different forms
and are difficult to recognize for what they are.
And there are never really endings, happy or otherwise. Things keep going on, they overlap and blur, your story is part of your sister’s story is part of many other stories, and there is no telling where any of them may lead. Good and evil are a great deal more complex than a princess and a dragon, or a wolf and a scarlet-clad little girl.
And is not the dragon the hero of his own story? Is not the wolf simply acting as a wolf should act? Though perhaps it is a singular wolf who goes to such lengths as to dress as a grandmother to toy with its prey.”
The Bloomington Storytellers' Guild was formed in 1974 to help keep the ancient tradition of oral storytelling alive. In addition to being a means for sharing classic folk and fairytales of our times (and times past), storytelling encourages use of the imagination, listening skills, and an interest in reading.
Members of the Guild meet about once a month to share new stories and plan storytelling events. Membership is open to anyone with a love for stories, a desire to tell them -- and ten bucks for the registration fee.