Amateur storytellers to show skills
Published 12:00 am Monday, July 11, 2016
LaGRANGE — The public will have some opportunities this week to see storytelling by participants in a workshop hosted by frequent Azalea Storytelling Festival participant Donald Davis.
The events are part of a weeklong workshop for 21 participants from five states who will be staying at LaGrange College. They will show the skills they’ve learned at three free events:
• “Porch talks” in the LaGrange College chapel, main campus on Springdale Drive side, Wednesday at 11 a.m.
• “Porch talks” at Bellevue, 204 Ben Hill St., Thursday at 1:15 p.m.
• A storytelling concert at LaGrange College’s West Side Recital Hall, 301 Forrest Ave., Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Davis has annually led similar workshops in Utah, Connecticut and his home town of Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. This will be the first held in LaGrange.
Davis is an award winning, nationally recognized storyteller who has written books and recorded more than 25 albums featuring his stories. He is a frequently featured storyteller in the annual Azalea Storytelling Festival hosted by LaGrange College, Azalea Storytelling Festival Committee and the Lafayette Society for Performing Arts each March.
For the weeklong workshop, set today through Saturday, participants will stay at the LaGrange College dorms.
“Each day we will work together at learning to explore our own messy attics of personal memories and gradually learn to organize what we find into potential story material,” states a release from the ASF committe.
Participants will spend four to five hours each day doing “normal work,” states the ASF committee release. Otherwise, participants will spend time in group activities including meals, going to museums, dancing, boating, storytelling opportunities and exploring some personal free time.
The workshop is hosted by the Azalea Storytelling Festival Committee and the Lafayette Society for Performing Arts.