Storytelling school

Storytelling camp for young people is coming to Glenville State

GLENVILLE, W.Va (WDTV) – Glenville State University is partnering with the West Virginia Storytelling Guild to present a week-long workshop titled “Come Spin a Tale!”

The workshop is open to new students in grades 9-12 as well as recent high school graduates.

It will take place from Monday July 18 to Friday July 22 on the campus of Glenville State University.

Students will attend performances by Adam Booth and Bil Lepp, and attend workshops by Booth and Lepp with fellow storytelling legends Karen Vuranch, Bill Hairston, Judi Tarowsky, Jamie Froemel, Mike Perry and Kevin Cordi.

Campers will receive instruction in creating stories and developing characters, attracting and keeping the attention of an audience, drawing inspiration from personal stories, developing improvisation skills, using body language and inflection, storytelling, great stories, and more.

Tuition for the camp is $100 and includes meals and accommodations at the Glenville State campus.

“One of the goals of the West Virginia Storytelling Guild has always been to make storytelling in the mountains part of our popular culture. When I was offered the chance at Glenville and the Guild to offer a storytelling week for young people was a dream come true,” said Jo Ann Dadisman of the West Virginia Storytelling Guild, who is co-director of the workshop.

“I was exposed to storytelling from an early age because it goes hand in hand with the traditional music I’ve played for most of my life. Storytelling is an important part of our culture and our oral tradition, but there is so much more than that. The techniques storytellers use to connect with an audience can be applied to any situation in which a speaker needs to connect with a group,” said Dr. David O’Dell, professor of chemistry at the University of Glenville State and co-director of the workshop.

Click here for more information and to complete a camp application.

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