Don’t miss: FAIR: Family Adventures in Reading. On Saturday mornings starting April 1st, 2017. Diane will lead groups of parents and children (first grade and older ) in a dynamic reading and discussion experience that encourages dialogue among those with different perspectives and fosters expressive storytelling skills. Each Saturday, two new picture books, selected for artistic excellence and narrative appeal, will be explored. The discussion around the books will explore character-building concepts such as courage, fairness, and persistence. The parents, grandparents or guardians that come with the children share in the development of critical thinking skills with their children in an engaged and stimulating environment. These sessions are interactive, and include not only group discussions, but also games and activities related to the stories.
FREE and open to the public with sign-up. For further info visit the Family Adventures in Reading website or call the Plainville library at (508) 695-1784 The discussion series will be held at the local bookstore in Plainville: The Unlikely Story Bookstore and Cafe located at 111 South Street Plainville, MA. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities – http://masshumanities.org.
About Re-imagining Voice
This voice that we use to communicate, to express our deepest feelings and – yes – to tell the stories of our lives is vastly under utilized! This most personal of our expressive tools needs training and a gentle awakening to be transparent to the images, feelings and intentions inside of us. Diane’s workshop helps us reinvigorate our voice with exercises developed over years of spoken and sung performance and training, opening the voice to its creative possibilities and potential. Special emphasis is placed on going beyond habitual usages and restrictions to find your natural and true voice, increasing its range and resonance. Surprise yourself with the riches you can discover when your imagination is linked creatively to your voice.
About Diane: Winner of the first national Oracle Award for Storytelling Excellence in the Northeast, Diane is known for her evocative narratives, unique characterizations and for the passion and depth of her work, whether myth, fairytale or personal story. Featured at the National Storytelling Festival and on NPR, Diane has been called “…a virtuoso of the spoken word” by Publisher’s Weekly. Her extensive work with voice and its potential has encompassed over thirty years and includes the ground-breaking approach of the Polish Laboratory Theatre. She draws from this training in her workshops as well as from her own innovative work as a professional storyteller and spoken word artist.
Diane will be leading this interactive storytelling workshop at the Newton After School Association Conference in Newton, MA. In this workshop students will learn how to tell a folktale in their own words! Diane will lead workshop participants in group exercises that will develop everyone’s expressive abilities. Participants will explore their voice’s potential and learn how to create a character using Diane’s method of Voice and Body signatures. Skills learned from this workshop can be applied to storytelling, story-reading, and to public speaking venues. There will also be an overview of storytelling games and a chance to play them. Experience the power of story!
This workshop is only open to the Newton After School Association (NASA) Conference participants. For more information on how to join the NASA conference, check the NASA website: http://naaweb.org/
Diane will be the Keynote Speaker as well as the featured Storyteller at the New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance’s (NHSA) Granite State Story SWAP! The festival will take place at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH.
Festival Registration coming soon!
The mission of the NHSA is to promote the oral tradition of storytelling in the community in all its forms: traditional, creative, educational, cultural, personal, and therapeutic. Nurture family, community, and professional storytelling throughout New Hampshire.