Timpanogos Midwinter Storytelling Festival

Throughout the year, Timpanogos Storytelling presents world-class entertainment featuring the best storytellers: from National Public Radio contributors to award-winning performers from around the world.

Timpanogos Midwinter Storytelling Festival, BYU, Provo, Utah, Orem, Brigham Young University, Workshops, Conference, LDS, Family, Live Performances, Music

2011 Conference & Concert Schedule

Wednesday February 2, 2011 7:00-8:00 p.m.  2/2/2011

  • Conversation with a Storyteller Featuring Donald Davis
  • Orem Public Library – Storytelling Wing – Free interview recommended for ages 8 and up

On the road over 300 days each year, Donald Davis is a sought after performer, teacher, author and recording artist. David’s mission is to connect people and stories —particularly to their own. Explore the why, the how, and what it’s like to be storyteller Donald Davis.

Thursday February 3, 2011 7:00-8:00 p.m. 2/3/2011

  • Chaidentity: The Link Between Family History and Self Identity
  • Featuring Slash Coleman
  • Orem Public Library – Storytelling Wing – Free performance recommended for ages 8 and up

The son of a Holocaust survivor, Slash Coleman’s stories reach to the core of Jewish identity while he explores what it means to ride on the coattails of family and cultural history steeped in duality: finding faith in a world of suffering and skepticism, beauty amidst calamity, and the future in the past.

Friday February 4, 2011 8:00 a.m. 2/4/2011
Registration @ BYU Conference Center 8:30 a.m. Keynote Address from Bill Harley

  • Storytelling as Craft
  • 9:30 a.m. Break
  • 9:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions

Diane Ferlatte – Sheroes and Heroes: Discovering Stories from Life and Literature Who are heroes and why? Where are the sheroes? Diane will guide you through the answers to these questions and demonstrate the power of shero and hero stories from folklore and in our own lives. Let Diane help you discover new sources of inspiration and courage.

Rick Walton – Writing the Children’s Picture Book From pinpointing your audience and selecting your story idea to writing, editing, and rewriting your story, Rick Walton—published author of more than 30 picture books—will guide you through writer’s block and help you to see your story through the eyes of your readers, editors, and publishers.

Donald Davis – What’s Your Story Learn how to open your attic of family memories and discover stories your family and community will treasure. This session is based on Donald’s week-long workshops from which a 5-part Public Television Broadcast has now been created. Check www.byutv.org/watch/1996-101 for more information.

11:45 a.m. Lunch

12:45 p.m. Showcase Performance featuring Pippa White: Saints, Soldiers, and Spies Pippa White celebrates the true stories of real women who risked their lives in the service of country or ideals.

1:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Bill Harley – Finding Your Own Style All accomplished storytellers develop a style which sets them apart from other tellers. Through simple exercises and instruction from Bill, storytellers with some experience will learn what steps will uncover that personal style.

Andy Offutt Irwin – Laugh Till You Weep Till You Laugh: Humor and Grief “Laugh till you weep. Weep till there’s nothing left but to laugh at your weeping. In the end it’s all one.” – Frederick Buechner. Life isn’t always giddy-giddy-la-la. It is a loving experience, and to love is to risk pain and loss. In this workshop, explore how humor in our stories can draw us together and bring healing.

Rick Walton – Publishing Your Book With more than eighty published joke, riddle, activity, poetry, and picture books, plus magazine articles and software products, Rick knows who’s who in editing and publishers of all sizes. Rick will take participants through the entire process, from how to submit your writing to how to get noticed.

Slash Coleman – How to Pack Your Next Event Have you ever been frustrated with low turnout at an event? Slash Coleman will help you design an effective marketing plan that is guaranteed to pack the house. You’ll use new social media techniques and time-tested traditional methods to fill every seat in the house and keep audience members coming back again and again.

3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Cassie Howard – Storytelling 101: The Basics of a Great Story This is the perfect place to start if you are new to storytelling and story creation. Do you want to learn how to discover great stories? What makes a folk tale, fairy tale, or personal experience good for re-telling? What makes a great storyteller? This introduction to the great human art of storytelling is not to be missed. Take this workshop alone or in conjunction with “A Bit Beyond the Basics” on Saturday.

Andy Offutt Irwin – Coaching: Exploring Your Strengths Coaching is about listening and exploring ways for tellers to find their own strengths. This workshop is for tellers who have pieces ready or close to ready for performance. Be coached yourself and learn from Andy’s coaching of others in this workshop. This workshop will be repeated on Saturday.

Pippa White – Mining the Gold in History Books Pippa White will show you how to sift through the dry, boring facts in history books and find the fascinating human interest stories that are abundant, riveting, and unforgettable. You’ll discover which true stories will work as live performance, and recognize the touchstones of all compelling true stories: drama, surprise, conflict, and humanity.

David Hutchens – The Stories We Create: Narrative and Engagement in Organizations Storytelling is a topic that spans cultures and disciplines, but when we talk about stories in organizations, the conversation changes. The ways we leverage narrative in organizations is distinctly different from other storytelling techniques. What’s so special about organizational storytelling? What tools can we apply today to begin capturing that elusive prize of “employee engagement?”

7:30-9:30 p.m.

  • Tales for a Midwinter Eve
  • Featuring Donald Davis, Diane Ferlatte, and Bill Harley
  • Orem High School – 175 S 400 E – Tickets $10/each or $40/family of five.
  • Recommended for ages 8+

Saturday February 5, 2011  2/5/2011

  • 8:00 a.m. Registration @ BYU Conference Center
  • 8:30 a.m. Keynote Address from Diane Ferlatte
  • Storytelling: A Powerful Tool for Engaging Hearts and Minds
  • 9:30 a.m. Break
  • 9:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions

Donald Davis – Story in the Classroom: Teaching Teachers Seize the opportunity to listen and learn from one of our nation’s treasures – storyteller Donald Davis. Discover the strengths of your own stories and in the process re-affirm your magical love of “once upon a time”. Story spotlights every corner of the core curriculum – math, science, reading, social studies, and comprehension. This workshop is free for current teachers.

Brandon Sanderson – Stories to Novels Brandon Sanderson, acclaimed author of the Mistborn trilogy, BYU writing instructor, and chosen successor for completing the famed Wheel of Time series, will share the process of taking your stories from performance to the page.

Barry Rellaford – Finding Your 5: The 5 Stories that Will Transform Your Career, Organization, and Life You’re a leader in an organization, if only in your family and community. Come learn – and practice – the five stories that will help you achieve what you are born to do. This engaging session will help you surface and live those stories that matter most in your business or in your life.

Cassie Howard – Storytelling 101: A Bit Beyond the Basics Take this workshop alone or in conjunction with “The Basics of a Great Story” on Saturday. How do storytellers memorize and perform their tales? Even if you only want confidence when sharing family stories with your children, this workshop will help you identify the importance of timing, emotion, and style when sharing your stories.

  • 11:45 a.m. Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. Showcase Performance featuring Charles Holt
  • 1:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Diane Ferlatte – Stories as a Teaching and Survival Tool Experience and discuss the importance of storytelling in every culture and story as an expression of survival and identity. If you want to know about a people and their culture, listen to their stories.

Chris Clark – Laban: Exploring Character and Emotion Through Movement Laban, a dance theory popular with actors, will help you create new speech patterns, energies, and performance physicality to set your work apart. Come to this workshop prepared to move.

Andy Offutt Irwin – Coaching: Exploring Your Strengths Coaching is about listening and exploring ways for tellers to find their own strengths. This workshop is for tellers who have pieces ready or close to ready for performance. Be coached yourself and learn from Andy’s coaching of others in this workshop. This workshop is also available on Friday.

Slash Coleman – Healing Community: Overcoming Loss Through Storytelling (Part 1) Tragedy and loss affects us all, but most people would rather ignore it, and few of us have good role models for working through grief. With storytelling and creative writing, this class will help participants creatively express themselves and communicate with others in a positive, safe environment.

Bill Harley – Bill and the Kids – A special workshop for young storytellers, ages 9-18. Join Grammy Award-winning storyteller Bill Harley for an hour of creating story. Attendees will be joined by participants from the National Youth Storytelling Showcase (NYSS) – the brightest young storytellers from across the country. Participants are also invited to attend the free NYSS Concert from 3pm-5pm following the workshop.

Free performance
3:00-5:00 p.m. National Youth Storytelling Showcase Concert Hosted by Bill Harley
BYU Conference Center – 770 E University Parkway / Provo, Utah – Open to the General Public

3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Chris Clark – Finding True Emotion Explore your own sensory memories and emotions to create believable characters as a writer, teller, and performer. “Finding True Emotion” will allow attendees to bring emotion into their bodies in a healthy and honest way that will keep audiences riveted.

Charles Holt – Finding Your Voice: The Marriage Between Storytelling and Music This intensive, hands-on workshop will explore essential tools and techniques for developing believable and captivating stories while infusing the dynamics of music and song to further enhance performance.

Jan C. Smith – The Literacy Labyrinth: Story Spotlights the State Core Why is ‘literacy’ the go-to word in education and what is the mysterious state core? Learn how to merge the art of storytelling with the core curriculum to claim your place as a storyteller who embraces what educators are seeking.

Slash Coleman – Healing Community: Overcoming Loss Through Storytelling (Part 2) Continued from the 1:30 Breakout Session.

Tragedy and loss affects us all, but most people would rather ignore it, and few of us have good role models for working through grief. With storytelling and creative writing, this class will help participants creatively express themselves and communicate with others in a positive, safe environment.

7:00p.m.

The Midwinter Finale Concert Featuring Andy Offutt Irwin and Concert Presenters

BYU Conference Center Auditorium – 770 E University Parkway / Provo, Utah – Tickets $5/each

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