National Storytelling Summit 2019--Day 4
2019-07-28, 8:41 p.m.
recently on Chaos Attraction
SOMEHOW the alarm clock in the room, which I have been unable to do anything with such as fix the damn time being off, went off screeching at 6 a.m. this morning (which was really 5-something because the clock was so off). WTF?
The morning workshop I went to was “Roots, Shoots, and Fruits: Cultivating the Seeds of Our Healing Stories” by Liz Mangual and Bob Kanegis. Notes from it:
* Metaphors of growth and cultivation, seed as story, such as “baby in a box with lunch” (no, I don’t recall what that was about). Germ of wholeness and healing. Story can be short cut to healing energy. Can make a physical object as a short cut.
We had to write down things about a particular situation (work), how we handled it, what helped me navigate it (nothing?), what strengths/values I had (don’t know there either, being strategic? Ability to put up with shit forever?). I partnered with Rick, who said to mine that he had a bad work situation but well, avoided it by leaving the job. He didn’t have too much in the way of bad stuff by comparison, lucky guy.
Rick also told me about going to the workshop with Joel ben Izzy that I wished I could have gone to as well during yesterday’s slot.* He said that was about little vignettes, pivots and turns, and having a framing story. He said it was about essence--believing in the process, having enough structure of how things would form. Twists and pivots to relate one story to another, woven in. Link somewhat unrelated stories by having something in common. Modular approach, vignettes, doing improv A-to-C style, and using analogies to weave stories together.
* Where is my damn Time-Turner, already?
The workshop leaders talked about talismans and gave us all kits to make our own (still haven’t done this....), which would have memories/experiences written within it, with a seed from a tree, handmade paper, yarn, raffia, copper wire. I love the crafting idea, just wish we’d had time to make some in class, as it were.
Then the next activity was a panel discussion called “Honor Their Wisdom” that had a bunch of professional storytellers in it. Brenda Wong Aoki, Olga Loya (don’t know that one), Diane Ferlatte, and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo (from EthNoTec). Mary Gay Ducey was the moderator. Notes I have down from this:
* “Singing is your birthright. Don’t let them stop you from singing off key.” -Mary Gay
To the question of “what are you concerned about in our business?
How did you get into storytelling?
Then we had closing ceremonies, which reminded me of the Pantheacon ones, and I suspect someone involved in the planning based it off them, from what someone said. They had everyone stand around in a circle and say what they liked, more or less.
“Drea, our faithful secretary, will take notes.”
I also randomly spotted a pirate.
“I just realized being here that adults like stories,” someone said.
And a few hours later, I went to tech week rehearsal....