With Janice Davin. Four Tuesday sessions, 7:00-8:30 p.m., January 10, 17, 24 and 31.
Have you ever told a joke? Do you know the story of your birth? Can you describe a trip, an accident, a trick, a surprise? If you can, then you are a storyteller. In fact, we are all storytellers. The human mind is hardwired to perceive and communicate the events of life in story form. Stories create meaning and provide pathways that help us to find our personal and cultural identity. Storytelling is the art of oral composition, an interactive and dynamic experience of co-creation between three equal collaborators: the teller, the listeners, and the story. In this four-week series, learn how to turn favorite stories, personal memories, and story fragments into stories that can be shared orally with others. Participate in non-threatening games and activities designed to inspire confidence and poise. Enhance your stories through characterization, voice, and gesture. Use active imagination to “listen” to your favorite stories through dialog and visualization. Create new stories or improve a story by asking the story for guidance. Our ordinary lives empower us to be storytellers and our stories teach us how to live.
About the Instructor: Janice Davin holds an M.Ed., M.A. in Oral Traditions and is a National Board Certified Teacher. She is a professional storyteller who delights audiences of all ages with stories of lasting value. During 35 years in the classroom, Janice told stories to calm savage beasts, subdue mutinies, and make learning memorable. Currently Janice entertains audiences at festivals, churches, organizations, and schools. Through her workshops and retreats, she helps participants discover who they are and who they may become. Janice is the past president of the North Carolina Storytelling Guild and a board member of Charlotte Friends of Jung. She is a member of the National Storytelling Network, the South Carolina Storytelling Network, and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.