Working in Wisconsin, Wondering When…

…I’ll catch up with my A-Z blog posts…! I know.  It’s probably cheating. But this is my W post. [Still need to do V, and X (which is today’s letter)…they will come…] I was continuing my research on story slams while at the Northlands Storytelling Confabulation in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin…

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US vs. UK Storytelling

Some of them just didn’t believe me. “An American storyteller telling folktales? Don’t they all just do autobiographical stories?” Let me tell you part of a story…

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Themes…Storytelling Programs & Story Slams

It’s pretty common for storytelling programs to have themes. Themes for conferences, library summer reading programs, festival, confabs, house concerts – or even just a particular one-storyteller show. A theme can be – fairly specific and help with focus, and pulling elements of an event together, or can be pretty broad and umbrella-like, and open […]

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Sold Out Storytelling…Slams, That Is

The Denver Moth Story Slam sells out every month. 300-seat auditorium. Sells out every time. Usually within 3-4 hours online. On the one hand, it’s wonderful! People are getting exposed to storytelling! Celebrating storytelling! Storytelling is getting some good press! Yay! On the other hand…Well, what could the downside be? Is there one? Ah, here’s […]

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Random Order

At least at a potluck dinner you can choose from the selections on the table, and decide whether you want to start with the broccoli salad, the garlic bread or the chicken wings. You can end with yummies from the dessert end of the table, or if you don’t have a sweet tooth you can […]

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QUESTIONS – What are YOURS about Storytelling &/or Story Slams?!

Throughout this April A-Z Daily Blogging Challenge I’ve been asking some questions…(“Why ARE story slams growing so popular?”), and trying to answer some questions (“What IS a story slam, anyway?!) What are YOUR questions?

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Potluck

[Theme for this month: “Story Slams & Traditional Storytelling- Bridging the Distance.] My primary thought after my first-ever story slam last October, the Boulder Story Slam: “Boy, was that potluck!”

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Oral Tradition – Plus Let Me Tell You Another Story…

A little mouse told me?  Well, not exactly…but somebody did! [This is longer than my other A-Z posts…the musings plus the story…grab a cuppa maybe?!] By definition, personal stories (that is, first-person personal-experience narratives) are not transmitted to the teller through an oral tradition: they happened to the teller. So, as we compare & contrast […]

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Narcissism?

I’m afraid it must be addressed. Elephant in the room, you know… …the feeling that all this personal, first-person, “me, myself, and I”-ness of story slams is, well, at its root narcissistic. And that’s not generally considered a good thing. It is a suspicion, sometimes an accusation, among some storytellers/folks who love the telling and […]

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MythOff

I am beyond delighted to welcome Csenge Zalka as Guest Blogger today! She is a Co-Host for the A-Z Challenge, a storyteller, scholar, teacher, blogger…and the MythOff USA Representative. So when she found out I planned to address “MythOff” for my M post (for my Daily Blogging Challenge theme of “Story Slams & Traditional Storytelling […]

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