DIARY—Members and Friends—Sept-Dec 2014

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2014 Wordfest OctoberWordfest Elora Open Mic Night
Elora Centre for the Arts
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Featuring Brad Smith (Author of the ‘Virgil Cain’ Trilogy) and Sonia Day (Author of ‘Deer Eyes’).
Please call 519-846-9698 to be on the readers’ list.

A Dah and A Night, Hespeler Village, Art meets Music
August 23, Storytelling at 1:30 pm.

Michele Braniff will be part of A Day and A Night, A Day & A Night in Hespeler Village, Art meets Music on August 23rd with storytelling at 1:30 pm at the Cenotaph beside the Hespeler Heritage Centre. See the Event posted at Michele Braniff Gallery

World Storytelling Day Pictures 2014

Pictures from our concert in March. Many thanks to Celia Lottridge, this year’s StorySave honored teller.

DIARY—Gail Fricker Workshop—Feb 2014

This February, the guild hosted a workshop by Gail Fricker.

The workshop was attended by 15 people. Gail took the participants through the subject of telling a story in the first person and how to use gesture in such a telling. We discussed the line between telling a story and a theater performance.

We also discussed and Gail demonstrated the judicious use of props and costume.

Participants worked in groups in pairs on stories narrated in the first person and then gave feedback to each other on the use of gesture and voice.

It was an enjoyable and successful morning.

We were joined by Betty Bennett and Angelica Ottewill from the Peterborough storytellers.

Thanks to Ann Busby who took registrations and Mary who organized the refreshments.

Derek Brisland Co-Chair.


Article in the New York Post — The Family Stories that Bind Us

Bruce Feiler shares the importance of children knowing stories about their family. This is something we’ve touched on in guild many times. Several of our members work with families and communities to help them learn the value of their family stories, practice sharing them, create stories for the future, and be aware of stories as they happen.


One of the reas…


One of the reasons that storytelling is so powerful is that it honors the listener’s intellect, which creates a participatory relationship wherein the listener begins to own the parts of the story filled in by his or her imagination. A good story invites the listener to personally discover the connection between actions and consequences. A good story invites the listener to scrutinize information, make guesses, and imagine outcomes. A good story triggers empathy and emotions.

— Andrew Maxfield, Director of the Influencer Institute
— (Quote found by Brenda)

September’s Guests: Howard and Karen Kaplan, 2013

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Great first night at The Button Factory in Waterloo for Stories Aloud! We were treated to guest tellers/balladeers, Howard and Karen Kaplan. Howard sang his own renditions of two Grimms’ tales. Do you know ‘The Messengers of Death?’ Worth a read! Karen sang two ballads, one of which was the Earl of Mar’s Daughter.

Delightful evening with some of our own as well. (Ask Mary about buried treasure.)