MythOff: A young event for ancient tales

by Csenge Zalka What is a MythOff? I’ll let the creator of the idea, Clare Muireann Murphy answer this one: “MythOff is an evening of mythology where the audience chooses the winners. It can pit Norse myth against the Irish, or Persian against Chinese. There are two or three rounds, and each round has a …

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Storytelling is Now Part of the International Day of Peace

Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation (New York, NY), October 1, 2014 Summary We are pleased to introduce you to Ms. Velma Mukoro, 24, of Nairobi, Kenya, and her award-winning story presented at the International Day of Peace this year. Our thanks go to the International Storytelling Center Executive Director, Kiran Singh Sirah and Ms. Mukoro for …

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Storytelling is Now Part of the International Day of Peace

Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation (New York, NY) , October 1, 2014 Summary: We are pleased to introduce you to Ms. Velma Mukoro, 24, of Nairobi, Kenya, and her award-winning story presented at the International Day of Peace this year. Our thanks go to the International Storytelling Center Executive Director, Kiran Singh Sirah and Ms. Mukoro …

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Art Talk with Kiran Singh Sirah of the International Storytelling Center

National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works Blog (Washington, DC), September 30, 2014 Summary: “When we bring people together to share stories, we create community. And that’s what happens at festivals, and that’s what I’m really interested in. It’s not the idea that when you come to a festival you listen to culture or that …

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Storytelling In The Orchard

When I first found The Orchard I fell in love with its setting of rolling hills, trees, and artists’ sculptures. I knew it would be perfect for storytelling, which I began in 2013 along with my new friend, Bob Reiser. The chickens, the “Square Gazebo” and the Apple Store all attract gatherings of apple pickers, …

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A Handful of Beans or One Gold Coin: How to Price Your Work

By Katie Knutson Although it is impossible to put a numerical value on the art or experience of storytelling, if you are going to work as a storyteller, you have to charge for your performances. Even many experienced storytellers wrestle with the appropriate fees for their art. For a new teller, this can be a …

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How To Make Everything in Your Community Better By Yourself

by Megan Finnerty That’s a big promise. But that’s what my how-to workshop at the 2014 National Storytelling Conference promises: a way for you to make your community more awesome with little to no money and just the help of a few friends. Across the country, live storytelling nights are proliferating in restaurants, bars and …

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Publish (and Profit With) Your Non-Fiction Book

It was one of those meetings where they’ve agreed to speak with you about your “consulting,” but they weren’t really sold that somebody local could help them. I handed a small packet of information to each of the two folks I was meeting for lunch. On top of each packet was a copy of my …

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For Emcee, Storytelling Nights Get Personal

The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), July 1, 2014 Summary: Emcee Megan Finnerty says, “In 2011, the Arizona Republic newspaper launched this series because we believe the stories we tell define us. They make us who we are as individuals and as a community. In telling, we affirm the lessons we’ve learned. In listening, we deepen …

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