Story in Verse: a Crash Course in Recitation Writing
with Gary Green
4 Tuesdays, July 7 – 28
7:30 – 8:30 pm NST
(7:00 – 8:00 pm in most of Labrador, 6:00pm EST, 3:00 pm PST)
Online via Zoom!
$55.00 for all 4 classes
Come all ye good people and listen to me!
A story I’ll tell you as plain as can be.
It won’t be in song nor in prose,
But in verse as you might well suppose.
It might make you laugh or it might make you cry,
It’s sure to give you memories for by and by.
Come now my friend and sit yourself down.
Hear the yarn that is spun round and round…
Recitation is a longtime tradition very special to Newfoundland and Labrador. It is the art of telling stories in rhyme, often with a humorous bent, and always a hit with audiences!
Ready to try your hand? Through a combination of instruction and exercises, accomplished storyteller and teacher Gary Green will introduce the basics of rhyming and story construction. Over the course of four classes, participants will be lead in the writing of their own recitation for performance. Gary will provide links to online resources and examples of top NL performers in the genre. No previous experience in storytelling or recitation is required.
E-mail Storytellingstjohns@gmail.com to register!
ABOUT THE 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.