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Pre-Conference Masterclasses

Masterclass 1,  9am- 12pm.  - What’s In A Word? -   David Novak - North Carolina, USA .       

An exploration of voice, speech, and language for storytelling. Learn the dynamic spoken word music of the storyteller. This workshop introduces participants to the dynamics of spoken language with exercises in ear training, phonetics, text analysis, rhythm, and silence.

Awarded the Circle of Excellence from the National Storytelling Network, David Novak has over thirty years experience in storytelling. Praised for his original thinking and creativity, Novak brings folk tales, classic myths, and original stories to life, enthralling audiences of all ages. Smithsonian Magazine describes him as “a gifted teller who enhances his stories with a bag of tricks.” Novak is often featured on the main stages at storytelling festivals throughout the U.S. including the prestigious National Storytelling Festival.  Appearances a outside the U.S. include the Detské Scény theatre festival in Czech Republic and Glistening Waters festival in New Zealand.

Masterclass 2,  1pm - 4pm - Godzilla vs. Cinderella:  Purposeful Narrative Play  - Lyn Ford - Ohio, USA

Come and play with story formats and story-development concepts that you can incorporate into your own offerings for classrooms and storytelling workshops. As a leader and facilitator what creative-writing/creative-telling activities for both fiction and non-fiction presentations are suitable for different types of learners and people with various skill levels?

Fourth-generation storyteller and teaching artist Lyn Ford shares from the heart and wisdom within the orature of her Affrilachian family traditions and her own interactive work and play, in keynotes, creative programs and workshops for all ages. Lyn’s work is published in several education resources, as well as in her award-winning books, Affrilachian Tales; Folktales from the African-American Appalachian TraditionBeyond the Briar Patch:  Affrilachian Folktales, Food and Folklore, and Hot Wind, Boiling Rain: Scary Stories for Strong Hearts. Forthcoming in 2018 (edited with Sherry Norfolk):  The Promise of Peace.   Lyn has received two National Storytelling Network Oracle Awards.

Fees - see  Weaving Stories Together - Storytelling Conference