Thursday, February 28, 2013

Divafest - The Storytelling Stage

You know we love those Divas, especially when one is our own Stephanie Holman....

Yes, this year Diva Fest  in Indianapolis features a Storytelling Stage.  Here's an opportunity for you to hear original stories told by four wonderful women on Sunday, March 10, from 2 - 5 p.m.

The program will be at Indy Reads Books, 911 Massachusetts Avenue, and tickets are $12.00 at the door.

Stephanie will open the program at 2:00 with three of her original stories, collected under the title "Move It or Lose It."   We know listeners will enjoy the ride!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

"...somehow it works."

    "Let me explain something.  In some ways, nothing can be more preposterous than telling stories.  You think up some odd little ideas.  You make some noises with your tongue and mouth. You share your dreams and ideas with other people -- your listeners.  Everything I've told you about Jack Storyteller is true, yet the truth doesn't make his story any less preposterous.  The same for any other story.  Yet somehow it works.  The dreams spread from your mind to theirs.  The sounds you make, the stories you tell, release the dreams into the world."

     "One last thing.
What matters most is that you live your own story to the fullest and that you tell it well.  Make sure you fully develop your main character.  Fill the tales with lots of other characters -- men, women, children, even animals --who tell their own stories.  Make your listeners laugh or cry...or even sneeze.  Have lots of twists and turns in the plot, but not too many, before you reach your final resolution.  Then, when the day is done, you can feel confident that your characters have been fulfilled, your craft mastered, your story well told."

by Edward Myers

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Jack Storyteller

  "At that moment Jack reached an insight, one he never forgot: a bee in a story could tickle worse than a real bee.  He realized, too, that a story peach could be sweeter than a real peach, a story flower more fragrant than a real flower, a story song more melodious than a real song.  What existed in a story could be more real than what existed in the world.  And by reaching this insight, Jack understood the true power of his art."
-Edward Myers

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Wintertelling 2013

 It was a lovely evening for our annual Wintertelling event,
sponsored by the Monroe County Public Library (thank you, Sara, for setting everything up!)

People came in chilly from the cold night and took their seats in the auditorium, chatting to each other, and preparing to listen and be entertained.
As the storytellers took the stage one by one, I watched the audience react to each story --some stories brought smiles and chuckles, even a few belly laughs; some stories brought rueful head nods and sighs; some stories had people wiping away a tear.

Each teller presented their carefully crafted story like a jewel for the audience to appreciate.
 Applause to all who participated!  
It was a Wintertelling to remember.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Posters out for Wintertelling!

Here's our poster for the upcoming Wintertelling 2013 -
do you have a perfect place to put one up????
Stop by the Monroe County Public Library Children's Department to pick up a few.

Note: NOT a program for young children.  More like 6th grade and up, and mostly meant for adults.