WORKSHOPS

COVID-19 UPDATE

the St. John’s Storytelling Festival is canceling all upcoming activities in keeping with global efforts to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Gary Green’s Introduction to Storytelling class will be postponed until further notice. At such a time as activities return to normal, we will notify participants of the start-up date. If you have any questions please e-mail us at storytellingstjohns@gmail.com


INTRODUCTION TO STORYTELLING with Gary Green

Dates: 5 Wednesdays, March 4 – April 1
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Location: Cochrane Centre, 42 Bannerman St. – limited parking available
Cost: $125.00

Entrance to the workshop space off Bannerman St.

Entrance to the workshop space off Bannerman St.

To register please e-mail storytellingstjohns@gmail.com
Payments can be sent via e-transfer to storytellingstjohns@gmail.com, cheques to the St. John’s Storytelling Festival, PO Box 23084 Churchill Square, St. John’s, NL, A1B4J9.

There are so many great stories to tell. And some of them belong to you.

Description:

People are natural storytellers.  We tell stories around kitchen tables, at parties, in the workplace and at countless other gatherings. Have you ever wanted to tell a story in a more formal setting or improve your telling skills but just didn’t know how to go about it?

An introduction to the art of Newfoundland and Labrador storytelling may be just what you need.  Through instruction and a series of practical exercises you will be introduced to the basics of how to select, learn and perform stories such as tall tales, folktales, ghost stories and the famous ‘Jack’ tales. Up for writing your own? Some of these classic techniques will help you understand what makes a great story and support you in crafting tales of your own.

Our Intro class will culminate on Wednesday, April 8th at our monthly Story Circle, where students who are up for it can share some of what they’ve learned or worked on in front of a warm and generous audience. Stories and recitations will be no longer than ten minutes, and we guarantee that you will have lots of fun and lots of encouragement!

ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTOR

GARY GREEN is a storyteller and author who has performed both inside and outside the province for a variety of groups ranging from youth camps to international conferences.   Among the groups for which he has performed are the Gros Morne Fall Fest, Cape St. Mary’s Performance Series, Battle Harbour Historic Trust, Canadian National Storytelling Conference, Admiralty House Museum, Labrador Creative Arts Festival, St. John’s Folk Festival and Trails, Tales and Tunes. Gary has performed on television as part of the series “Legends and Lore of the North Atlantic” and on several radio stations. He has performed in the international award winning productions “Inside Outside Battery” and “Foghorns and Heartbreak”.  Gary has been a consultant for the use of storytelling in the interpretation of the Battle Harbour National Historic Site, the Point Amour Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site and is very active in developing and delivering a story-based interpretation of The Crow’s Nest Officers’ Club National Historic Site.  He has been a board member of the St. John’s Storytelling Festival, and a founding board member of the Soundbone Traditional Arts Foundation. Gary teaches storytelling at the annual Vinland Music Camp.

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