Two Harbors Story Circle Project – stories only you can tell
By: Tammy Francois, Lake County News Chronicle
Have you ever wanted to tell a story, but didn’t know how to begin? Well, help and encouragement are available. Storyteller Rachel Nelson is facilitating two workshops intended to connect participants with their own inner yarn-spinner. Part of the Two Harbors Story Circle Project, the workshops are geared toward teens and adults, and will include a third gathering or community story share event.
“Storytelling is something that people do already,” said Nelson, and we all have a unique story to tell. Since the beginning of time, people have shared oral histories and lore. Our memories and accounts of experiences, even our fantastic tales, are gifts we have can give one another. In the spirit of sharing and gift giving, Nelson said the workshops were scheduled for dates just before the holiday season.
“We are inspired by the late great Kathryn Windham, a beloved nationally-known storyteller who passed in 2011. Kathryn used to close every single storytelling session with an invitation to the audience to tell their own stories, recounted Nelson. "At her last appearance at the National Storytelling Festival Kathryn said, 'There’s nothing that says “I love you” more pleasantly, and more plainly, than storytelling. Everybody here has stories that you need to tell. You need to tell them to someone you love. And now is the time to do it.’”
The workshops will be held on Sunday afternoons, Oct 20 and Nov 10 from 2:30-5 p.m. at the Two Harbors Community Center. Both are free and open to the public, as is the Community Story Share, Nov. 17, where workshop participants will have an opportunity to tell their tales to an audience, an experience that takes speaker and audience on a common journey.
“Storytelling is a conversation and the listener is responsible for creating at least 50 percent of the story. The storyteller isn’t the only one who makes the story,” Nelson observed.
Space is limited so teens and adults are encouraged to register soon by contacting Rachel Nelson at email@example.com or 651-353-3370. The project is made possible in part by the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Bush Foundation.
In the meantime, if you need a story event to hold you over until the Two Harbors Story Circle Project workshops, how about this: Stories Connect Us All, an online storytelling festival. The event is free and hosted on Facebook Oct. 9-11. It will feature video stories from many tellers. Visit https://www.facebook .com/storiesconnectusall for more information.
Then, once you’ve gotten your feet wet, consider attending the Big Water Story Fest, Nov. 22-23 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation- Duluth. This year’s festival theme is Personal
Story: Stories Only You Can Tell. The event will include Friday and Saturday evening concerts and Saturday workshops. Featured tellers and workshop presenters will be Nancy Donoval, a National Storytelling Festival performer and past National Storytelling Network story slam champion, Rachel Nelson, 2012 Northstar Minnesota story slam champion, storyteller and educator, Mara Kirk Hart, author and teacher ,Meredith Cornett, author, and Tret Fure, singer and songwriter.
The UUC-D is located at 835 College St. The Friday evening concert and tellebration (five-minute stories shared by attendees and presenters) is free. Tickets for Saturday’s workshops are available online atwww.brownpapertickets.com.Tickets for the Saturday evening concert are $10 and $15.
The event is sponsored by Arts on Superior, Lake Superior