Saturday, August 26, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Christ Lutheran Vail Church
14600 E. Colossal Cave Road, Vail

Learn two distinct ways to share and preserve stories, and leave with the tools to get started.

Part One:

“The Art and Craft of Personal Storytelling” – Penelope Starr

Participants will discover the secrets of selecting, perfecting and performing personal stories in this 2 1⁄2 hour interactive workshop. They will learn the important elements of organizing a story, practice presenting a story in a safe and supportive atmosphere, and gain confidence in their innate abilities.

Penelope Starr founded Odyssey Storytelling, a monthly event showcasing Tucsonans telling their personal stories, in 2004. As a producer she coached and encouraged hundreds of would-be tellers. She is Executive Director of StoryArts Group, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit community-funded arts organization. She is the author of The Radical Act of Community Storytelling: Empowering Voices in Uncensored Events.

At Odyssey, we know that everybody has a story. And everybody deserves to be heard. You may love the stage or this may feel like the most terrifying thing you’ve ever done. We want to hear about the things that you’ve seen, the conversations that changed you, moments that made you proud and experiences that brought you to your knees.

Lunch – Social Time

Part Two “Discovering Local Stories Through Oral History” – J.J. Lamb, Gerald Lamb

Not all history is found in history books. Discover how to preserve, document and share the stories that reflect the daily lives of your family, friends, an organization, group or your community. Stories connect us to each other and to the places we work and live. They create a bridge to understanding. This interactive workshop focuses on the methods to create and conduct a traditional oral history project.

J.J. Lamb co-founded Vail Preservation Society, a 501 (c)3 and is its Executive Director. VPS has been Connecting Community Since 2006. We bring people together to celebrate community through preserving our local stories, civic events, rehabilitation of historic buildings, exhibits, research and creative placemaking-public art. Gerald Lamb, M.A. History, NAU has utilized oral history in exhibit development with the Martin-Springer Institute and the Lowell Observatory. His filmmaking, archival and technical expertise is important to oral history projects.

Storying Arizona is a growing collection of stories that connect to the heart of what it means to be an Arizonan. Arizona’s broad expanses, cultural richness, extreme climate variations and unique flora and fauna provide a panoramic backdrop for the lives of Arizonans. Stories have the ability to connect and build understanding across geographic, ideological, generational, ethnic and political differences. Stories touch hearts and open minds.

This Storying Arizona Story Telling Workshop is presented free of charge through the generosity of Arizona Humanities. Please fill out form below to register.

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Lunch – Bring a Brown Bag Lunch OR Pre-order a Baggin’s Brown Bag Lunch – $10.00 (Please bring check or cash with you to workshop

Checks for lunch should be made out to Vail Preservation Society-we will have the sandwiches delivered.
Look at the menu and email choice to We will have water and beverages available.

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