Moderator: Ina Luadtke
Role of participants:
1. Serve as a storytelling coach
2. Tell a “tale,” relating to one’s life experience
3. Design a response to two presentations
4. Contribute to the weekly conversations
Number of participants (including the moderator): 11
Time: Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 am
Place: Greenfield Savings Bank, 325 King Street, Northampton
Parking: Ample parking on site
Listening and responding creatively to LIR members’ life stories.
In this seminar you will have opportunities to enjoy intriguing life stories as recently noted in a Letter to the Editor of the Daily Hampshire Gazette. In this setting you will learn about the person doing a presentation rather than about a typical seminar presentation topic. The alternative format offers structured and unstructured participation without a research component. Each member prepares a tale from his or her life, with the assistance of a storytelling coach, prior to the assigned presentation date. Two members have the responsibility to create a response for the following session. The mode may be a short story, poem, song, dance, piece of art or other creative expression. This unique seminar structure has been utilized for life story telling in LIR for a decade.
New members have found this seminar to be a valuable introduction to other LIR members. Returning storytellers enjoy the opportunities in retelling their stories, and the comfortable casualness of the format.
Format: Interview, storytelling, conversation and creative responses.
Resources: Participants are encouraged to share objects of significance and related photographs to enhance their presentation.
The moderator: Ina has served as a co-moderator of this seminar format, under its’ various titles for nearly a decade. Her first storytelling experience was in a Grand Forks County Declamation Day contest in North Dakota when she was in the third grade. She won!