The Prism of Performance: A Storyteller Looks In

by Elaine Muray At the end of July, I will have the honor of providing a workshop at the 2014 NSN Conference entitled: The Prism of Performance: Bringing Light and Color to the Stage.  This workshop, designed for all levels of tellers, will help them to learn some staging techniques, tricks, and exercises used by …

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Scientists Study Why Stories Exist

Scientists Study Why Stories Exist Wall Street Journal (New York, NY), April 4, 2014 Summary: We human beings spend hours each day telling and hearing stories. We always have. Why? At a fascinating workshop at Stanford last month called “The Science of Stories” scientists and scholars talked about why reading Harlequin romances may make you …

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Scientists Study Why Stories Exist

Wall Street Journal (New York, NY), April 4, 2014 Summary: We human beings spend hours each day telling and hearing stories. We always have. Why? At a fascinating workshop at Stanford last month called “The Science of Stories” scientists and scholars talked about why reading Harlequin romances may make you more empathetic, about how ten-year-olds …

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Scientists Study Why Stories Exist

Wall Street Journal (New York, NY) , April 4, 2014 Summary: We human beings spend hours each day telling and hearing stories. We always have. Why? At a fascinating workshop at Stanford last month called “The Science of Stories” scientists and scholars talked about why reading Harlequin romances may make you more empathetic, about how …

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Bringing Storytelling to Campus

by Adah Hetko, guest editor for New Voices (Katie Knutson) The “Bayit,” the home of Jewish Life at Vassar College, sits right outside Vassar’s gate. On an evening in November, we set the Bayit’s parlor with a circle of chairs ready to welcome students, administrators, members of the surrounding community… and their stories. The event …

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The Most Beautiful Bird

RETOLD by LAURA SIMMS. ©Laura Simms 2012 Based on a Pygmy story from South Africa Please ask permission before telling this story. Contact: storymentor2010@gmail.com Long long ago the most beautiful bird in the world lived in a thick forest.   Everyone knew that the beautiful bird brought the rain.  When she spread her wings, rain fell.   …

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Island Afternoon

By Allison Cox, ©2014. I managed to escape work early enough that afternoon. I remember wanting to escape all the traffic and concrete of the city. I was lucky enough to drive right onto the ferry just before it left for my island. Once home, I lingered on the front deck of my house, soaking …

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