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Hiding in Plain Site: The Storyteller as an Introvert

By Slash Coleman From the Series: Finding Your Business Comfort Zone My friend owns a comedy club where she occasionally performs. One night, thinking I’d be a “shoe-in” for funny, she pulled me on stage as part of her act. Had she known that I’m an extroverted-introvert she probably would have reconsidered. What does it …

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Your Story – Pass it Along!

By Linda Goodman Personal and family stories fascinate me. Why are they so special? First, they preserve family heritage. Family gatherings produce treasure troves of stories to be passed along from generation to generation. When my family gets together, storytelling is the main event. These stories make me feel like I intimately know relatives that …

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Traditional Tales and the Modern Teller

by Rafe Martin For tellers today, traditional tales are like a form of classical music. The patterns are known and resonant. In so many ways our work will naturally – whether we know it or not—reflect back to these oldies and goldies. Forty years ago when I was training as a mythopoeic literary critic I …

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Storytelling House Concerts?

by Michael Reno Harrell I’ve been singing songs and telling stories to audiences longer than seems possible; and making a living at it which has at times has seemed impossible. Traveling in these two worlds, music and storytelling, I find little crossover, but many things in common. For one thing, being a performing artist means …

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Front-Porch "Twitter": The Importance of Face-to-Face Story-Sharing

by Lyn Ford A young student in a story-sharing / story-writing workshop that had been organized specifically for “gifted and talented” students hung back from those who rushed to their lunches. He never looked directly at me; he shuffled his feet and watched his shoes, and nervously glanced up at me as he spoke. He …

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