Workshops – Dennis Boyne

The Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild continues to offer cultural enlightenment with another awesome FREE workshop.  Dennis Boyne, founder of Lehigh Valley Story Slam, will lead a Story Slam Workshop, designed to allow YOU to offer story slams at your next corporate picnic or family event.  Teachers can use the story slam format to encourage students to write down and present their escapades. NOTE: stories told during story slams can NOT be read from a paper.  Librarians can offer story slams as community entertainment.  Boyne’s Lehigh Valley Story Slams have turned into hilarious, sometimes touching, events as tellers from all walks of life share slices of their lives.  Get the goods from a master.  Dennis’ workshop happens on Wednesday, July 12th at Godfrey Daniels, at 6 pm.

Every other month or so, the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild offers FREE workshops to anyone who wants to attend.  Subjects covered in the past have been Voice Care, Professional Presentation, Storytelling in Higher Education and Telling Stories from Other Cultural Traditions.  The workshops are posted on our events column.

Fairy Tale Confidential

Mwahahahahaha!  Welcome to the Dark Side of Fairy tales. We ALL know fairy tales.  There is a quest, and a princess – or a damsel – and a hero, and a villain, and a struggle and, poof!, at the end everything works out.  And, they are sweet and innocent and innocuous.  Or, are they??

Spend any time on Fairy Tale Lobby, a blog hosted by LVSG member Megan Hicks and Mary Grace Ketner, and these “harmless” stories display the conflicted emotions of the psyche.  Charles Kiernan, LVSG Coordinator, posts an in depth monthly examination of Grimm’s tales, on his Fairy Tale blog.  Fairy tales may have been our ancestors answer to psycho therapy, since these stories delve into all the neuroses and abominable behavior of human existence.  These stories also guided and counseled our forebears with examples of problem solving and shining virtue.

If you hope to learn more,LVSG story lover member, Chris Ochs, will offer his talk, “Everything You Know About Fairy Tales Is WRONG”, at various Lehigh Valley libraries in March.  Check our calendar for times and places.  Note:  Ochs’ talk is NOT for young children.

D-d-don’t look now!

jacklanternScary stories – this is the time of year for those creepy, crawly tales.  The Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild promises great story events in October.

For people who like to be warm while their spines chill, join members of the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild at Godfrey Daniels, 7 East 4th St., Bethlehem, PA, 18015, on Wednesday, October 26th.

For heartier folks, and those who like to live, ahem, dangerously, join Guild tellers around the fire circle at Jordan UCC, on Church Road in South Whitehall, PA, 18104.  This event will happen on Oct. 29th at 7 pm.

Check our calendar and Upcoming events listings for more info about times, admission, etc., and for more spooky fun.


Lehigh Valley Story Slam

The monthly Story Slam at McCarthy’s Red Stag, Main Street, Bethlehem, gets excellent coverage in this Morning-Call article by LVSG member, David Howell.