this point, you are probably asking, Why would I want to meet you
in Denver, and especially in July? If you are interested enough
in the power of storytelling to be visiting this website, you would love
take part in the National Storytelling Networks (NSNs) National
Storytelling Conference, July 10-14, 2002 in Denver. I guarantee that
this will be one of the most satisfying and life enhancing events you
have ever attended. Having attended many conferences and conventions in
my life, I rate the NSN conferences highest of all in my estimation. In
this article I am going to share some of the planned highlights.
Four keynote speakers will offer a wide variety of topics along with challenging their listeners to grow and think in many different areas. Barre Toelken, Ph.D., Director of the Folklore Program at Utah State University, will present The Necessity of Narrative in the Native American Cultures. Cahty Luchetti, writer of six books of popular American history, two of which have won prestigious national awards, will present Stories of the Frontier West: How does god make babeys out of clay? Susan Klein, acclaimed storyteller, award-winning author and workshop leader, will share Storytelling Is Not for Sissies Speaking with an Authentic Voice. And, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., internationally acclaimed poet, diplomate Jungian psychoanalyst, and cantadora (keeper of the old stories in the Latina tradition) will present Mentoring: How to Be an Elder: The Gifts and the Challenges.
And that is only the beginning!
Workshops, Showcases and Intensives will fill the daytime hours. Orchestrated and presented by storytellers from across the nation, these informative sessions will cover topics from the many uses of stories, to the how-tos of creating and telling stories for different audiences, to helping others tell stories, to the business of storytelling, to using the Internet for research and marketing, and to tackling storytelling projects of all sizes and descriptions.
Evenings will be filled with presentations, socializing, dancing and awards. We will enjoy the opening Reception, the NSNs Western Region Storytelling Concert, a Western Night with music and stories followed by Story Swaps, and the ORACLE Awards Ceremony, followed by a Reception and Story Swaps. As you can see, there will be a chance to have fun, network, tell and listen to stories.
What more could you hope for? I am sure that by now, you want to know the rest of the story and where to sign up. Just visit NSNs website at http://www.storynet.org for the full roster and for the answers to any of your questions. Register now. Youll be glad you did!
I hope to see you in Denver in July! Be sure to introduce yourself. Id love to meet you.
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