are excited about storytelling. You want to start telling stories, but
dont know where to tell them. You are already telling stories, but
want to tell more often. You have stories to tell, but want to practice
telling them in a non-threatening environment. You are a storyteller and
want to meet other storytellers. You want storytelling to grow and to
become accepted in your area. All of these, and many more, are reasons
to form a storytelling group. But, how do you start one and what are some
of the guidelines to follow to ensure a successful outcome? Read on.
Leadership and participation are necessary for the success and longevity of any group. Remembering that the joy of storytelling is the reason for forming your group, you must also have people who are willing to take care of the nitty-gritty, leading the gatherings and volunteering to take on special projects. The more people involved, the more ownership they will have and the more easily your group will thrive. If you decide to have membership, with dues, what will the members gain? And what will you expect from your members. Several groups I have been involved with grew to a large membership base, but very few members ever took part in activities or were even seen at meetings. There were only a handful of people taking on a lions share of the work. That is why it is important to make the group dynamic, fun and beneficial enough that people want to be involved.
what members of the group will gain from becoming members. Will they
have a chance to tell, learn and listen to stories after all, isnt
that the main reason you are forming the group? Will you send out a newsletter?
The most successful clubs and/or guilds I have belonged to and am in touch
with send out at least a quarterly newsletter monthly or bi-monthly
are even better. Even though I do desktop publishing and am visually oriented,
I have come to realize that the design of the newsletter is not as important
as the regularity of receiving it and the information that is included.
Even a one-sheet update works. Or, if most of your members have e-mail
access, a regular e-mail newsletter is easy, fast and doesnt involve
the cost of printing and postage. In any case, make sure that someone
who is willing is in charge of the newsletter. Other benefits to members
can include a directory of tellers, either in print and/or on a club website;
group performance opportunities for example, TELLABRATION!; and
the strength in numbers for any project tackled a conference, seminar,
retreat or hiring of a nationally known teller.
forming a storytelling group will entail work and planning, the rewards
will far outweigh the energy expended. Just do it! You will be glad
you did. And so will all of the other storytellers who become involved.
know about it, too.
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