May 2016! Sea-Glass Storytelling: Improve Your Personal Stories (Workshop)

Sea-Glass Storytelling Workshop
“Creating Great Personal Tales Using the Light of the Folktale.”
May 7, 2016
Tucson, Arizona $0 ($39 Value) Generously Sponsored by the Tucson Tellers of Tales


a picture of sea glassSea Glass: Abandoned, Refined and Recovered.
It wasn’t uncommon, once upon a time, to toss empty bottles out from the boat you were on. Perhaps the toss was 300 years ago as pirates threw empty bottles of rum over the side. Maybe it was glass in a shipwreck where time and erosion ground away the windows and bottles contained within its hold. Maybe it was a beach party half a decade ago where empty soda bottles were tossed into the sea, forever forgoing getting that deposit back. For better or worse, no one thought much of this everyday act.

After time and the action of the sea, smashing the bottles into pieces, wearing away the broken glass, smoothing them into treasures, these shattered pieces of glass become: Sea Glass. From a common-place action of many years ago, now tiny pieces of glass then up to the shore, gleaming and a worthy find of, “oh, look at this!” And sometimes, if you are very lucky in your beach combing, you’ll find some glass with a unique color such as red, purple or teal.

People have made up stories to tell the tale of sea glass. Indeed, the origin of sea glass is simple enough. However, wrap the origin in a tale of unfulfilled love between sailor and mermaid, with the mermaids tears turning into bits of washed-ashore glass…and you have something spectacular.

Sea Glass: The Ordinary Turned Spectacular.
It’s easy to look at sea glass and think, “I can find broken glass anywhere.” Yet, sea glass is different. There is an unknown history. There is the mysterious. Ordinary glass becomes a spectacular jewel.

The Sea Glass of Storytelling: The World Tale.
In the art and tradition of Oral Storytelling (and in the creation of any story), we have our own sea glass: the “World Tale.” That is, the collection of folktales, myths, legends and fairytales passed down through generations. These tales have been tumbled about, polished and spread throughout the earth. Just as with sea glass, what may have started as a simple on-the-spot tales have become shining flashes in our psyche. World tales have stood the test of time because they contain very specific “refractions” that touch the minds and hearts of the listeners even to this day.

Why this workshop?
Storyteller Sean Buvala, the director of and a veteran of nearly 30 years of storytelling leadership, has identified “Three Refractions” that fill world tales (especially folktales) with compelling light, keeping these old stories in our collective minds for generations. Within this workshop, Sean will identify these “Three Refractions” that all good stories have. From there, Sean (and other members of your workshop) will talk you through identifying your own personal tales that carry all three of these refractions. If your goal is to connect with your listeners (to forgo doing narcissistic “onstage therapy” or frustrated story-less stand-up comedy) and really leave your listeners with a tale that impacts, you’ll want to learn Sea-Glass Storytelling crafting.

Your Stories: The Ordinary Turned Spectacular.
For maximum impact, create your stories in the light of the Three Refractions of the world tale. With the good crafting, with the solid techniques wearing away at the surface-level facts to find the core-truth of your story, you can create spectacular moments of storytelling. You will be engaging your audience, letting them see themselves in the refracted light of your story. Your story becomes like those rare pieces of glass. Just find the exceptional moments in your stories: the reds of essential stories, the blues of emotional connection, and the teals of fresh growth that inspires action.

tiny sea glass picture What You Will Learn:

*The Three Refractions you need to take your personal tale from “I don’t get it” to an audience-engaging “That story could change my life.”
*To recognize how good stories can elicit laughter, tears, gasps, inspiration, healing and applause.
*What happens to your story when you don’t include all Three Refractions- and why you sometimes will *want* to leave out one of the Three Refractions.
*How to avoid the shadow areas in personal storytelling. Learn what can go wrong when your personal story is out of balance and how that damages you, your audience and your story.

tiny sea glass picture What You Won’t Learn:

*How to be a morose and serious “artiste” handing down life-lessons to your audience. Ugg.
*The basics of oral storytelling. The workshop is for the experienced storyteller, speaker, presenter and author.
*How to get more events and gigs. Marketing training is not part of this workshop.

tiny sea glass picture Where Will You Use What You Learn?

*Public Performances
*Corporate Settings
*Sacred Settings
*Healing and Counseling
*Story Slams
*Spoken-Word Events

tiny sea glass picture Who Should Attend This Workshop?

*Oral Storytellers
*Public Speakers
*Marketing Teams

tiny sea glass picture When and Where

Our next open workshop for the “Sea Glass Storytelling” process is Saturday, May 7, 2016 Arizona. The workshop doors open at 9:00AM. Workshop begins promptly at 9:30AM will end by 12:30PM.

tiny sea glass picture Cost

Tucson Tellers of Tales is honored to offer this workshop without cost to interested storytellers in Southern Arizona. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a master storyteller.”
Saturday, May 7, 2016
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Unscrewed Theater
3244 E Speedway, Tucson, AZ
For more information about Tellers of Tales and to register for this free workshop, please contact Martha McClements (520) 820-6541

Please note that while there is no cost for the workshop, The Small-Tooth-Dog Publishing Group will have a table of books and resources available for purchase. These sales also support the presenter.

tiny sea glass picture Special Note.

This workshop will be recorded via audio and video. It is possible that your face and voice may appear on future internet or print versions of this workshop, if we should create such projects.

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