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Feb
15
Wed
Explore the Landscapes of Story & Telling in 4 Virtual Sessions @ Zoom
Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This winter Connie is excited to offer an online learning opportunity to grow your storytelling voice and creativity!

Join her online on Wednesday afternoons, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (EST check your timezone) on February 15, 22, March 1, and 8, 2023 to explore “The Landscapes of Story and Telling.” These four story-work sessions with a weekly format allows for skills to grow over time while encouraging a consistency in discovering, revisiting and refining your stories.
During these weekly sessions participants are invited to:

  • Draw on memories & traditional stories in developing and growing your stories
  • Work with partners and in small groups to illuminate new viewpoints
  • Expand practice of deep listening and appreciative feedback
  • Increase confidence in giving voice to your stories
  • Cultivate your skills and delight in telling stories

These virtual storytelling workshop classes can benefit writers, teachers, sales professionals, poets, grandparents, storytellers, youth workers, ministers, students, attorneys, presenters, & all those curious. All are welcome. If you know of others who might enjoy and benefit from the classes, your help in spreading the word is always appreciated! To register and check out all the details, visit the workshop page.

What Workshop Participants are saying:

I appreciate all the heartwarming take-aways. I am leaving with a more open heart and mind. It has transcended not only my role as a teller and listener, but also my role as a friend, neighbor, community member, teacher, and so on.

Even though we live on opposite coasts, doing coaching with Connie R-B has been invaluable! I’ve worked with her in person and over the phone. I am always grateful for her guidance. Connie has presence, wisdom and powerful directorial sensibilities.

Feb
22
Wed
Explore the Landscapes of Story & Telling in 4 Virtual Sessions @ Zoom
Feb 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This winter Connie is excited to offer an online learning opportunity to grow your storytelling voice and creativity!

Join her online on Wednesday afternoons, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (EST check your timezone) on February 15, 22, March 1, and 8, 2023 to explore “The Landscapes of Story and Telling.” These four story-work sessions with a weekly format allows for skills to grow over time while encouraging a consistency in discovering, revisiting and refining your stories.
During these weekly sessions participants are invited to:

  • Draw on memories & traditional stories in developing and growing your stories
  • Work with partners and in small groups to illuminate new viewpoints
  • Expand practice of deep listening and appreciative feedback
  • Increase confidence in giving voice to your stories
  • Cultivate your skills and delight in telling stories

These virtual storytelling workshop classes can benefit writers, teachers, sales professionals, poets, grandparents, storytellers, youth workers, ministers, students, attorneys, presenters, & all those curious. All are welcome. If you know of others who might enjoy and benefit from the classes, your help in spreading the word is always appreciated! To register and check out all the details, visit the workshop page.

What Workshop Participants are saying:

I appreciate all the heartwarming take-aways. I am leaving with a more open heart and mind. It has transcended not only my role as a teller and listener, but also my role as a friend, neighbor, community member, teacher, and so on.

Even though we live on opposite coasts, doing coaching with Connie R-B has been invaluable! I’ve worked with her in person and over the phone. I am always grateful for her guidance. Connie has presence, wisdom and powerful directorial sensibilities.

Mar
1
Wed
Explore the Landscapes of Story & Telling in 4 Virtual Sessions @ Zoom
Mar 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This winter Connie is excited to offer an online learning opportunity to grow your storytelling voice and creativity!

Join her online on Wednesday afternoons, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (EST check your timezone) on February 15, 22, March 1, and 8, 2023 to explore “The Landscapes of Story and Telling.” These four story-work sessions with a weekly format allows for skills to grow over time while encouraging a consistency in discovering, revisiting and refining your stories.
During these weekly sessions participants are invited to:

  • Draw on memories & traditional stories in developing and growing your stories
  • Work with partners and in small groups to illuminate new viewpoints
  • Expand practice of deep listening and appreciative feedback
  • Increase confidence in giving voice to your stories
  • Cultivate your skills and delight in telling stories

These virtual storytelling workshop classes can benefit writers, teachers, sales professionals, poets, grandparents, storytellers, youth workers, ministers, students, attorneys, presenters, & all those curious. All are welcome. If you know of others who might enjoy and benefit from the classes, your help in spreading the word is always appreciated! To register and check out all the details, visit the workshop page.

What Workshop Participants are saying:

I appreciate all the heartwarming take-aways. I am leaving with a more open heart and mind. It has transcended not only my role as a teller and listener, but also my role as a friend, neighbor, community member, teacher, and so on.

Even though we live on opposite coasts, doing coaching with Connie R-B has been invaluable! I’ve worked with her in person and over the phone. I am always grateful for her guidance. Connie has presence, wisdom and powerful directorial sensibilities.

Mar
8
Wed
Explore the Landscapes of Story & Telling in 4 Virtual Sessions @ Zoom
Mar 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This winter Connie is excited to offer an online learning opportunity to grow your storytelling voice and creativity!

Join her online on Wednesday afternoons, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (EST check your timezone) on February 15, 22, March 1, and 8, 2023 to explore “The Landscapes of Story and Telling.” These four story-work sessions with a weekly format allows for skills to grow over time while encouraging a consistency in discovering, revisiting and refining your stories.
During these weekly sessions participants are invited to:

  • Draw on memories & traditional stories in developing and growing your stories
  • Work with partners and in small groups to illuminate new viewpoints
  • Expand practice of deep listening and appreciative feedback
  • Increase confidence in giving voice to your stories
  • Cultivate your skills and delight in telling stories

These virtual storytelling workshop classes can benefit writers, teachers, sales professionals, poets, grandparents, storytellers, youth workers, ministers, students, attorneys, presenters, & all those curious. All are welcome. If you know of others who might enjoy and benefit from the classes, your help in spreading the word is always appreciated! To register and check out all the details, visit the workshop page.

What Workshop Participants are saying:

I appreciate all the heartwarming take-aways. I am leaving with a more open heart and mind. It has transcended not only my role as a teller and listener, but also my role as a friend, neighbor, community member, teacher, and so on.

Even though we live on opposite coasts, doing coaching with Connie R-B has been invaluable! I’ve worked with her in person and over the phone. I am always grateful for her guidance. Connie has presence, wisdom and powerful directorial sensibilities.

Mar
14
Tue
In Person – Speak Story Series @ Sheperdstown, WV
Mar 14 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Connie Regan-Blake is telling stories for two, back to back, in-person, live concerts in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. One evening she is performing “From Another Time: Celebrating the Legacy of Ray Hicks.” In this new piece, Connie interweaves tales of her own storytelling journey along with personal stories of her mentor and dear friend, Ray Hicks.  Ray was a respected and revered traditional Appalachian Mountain storyteller who became the face of the American Storytelling Revival.  Connie is part of the 10th season of ‘Speak Stories’ Series.

In early 2013, a few friends sat around a red wooden table chatting about art in the community. “I wonder if we could get people to come to a storytelling event in Shepherdstown?”

Founder, Adam Booth says:
Would anyone show up? Would tellers want to come to West Virginia? Would an anti-festival model work?”

Calls were made to story artists, tickets were printed, fliers posted, and the community showed up to listen and to work. Over time, the series grew.

In the course of nine seasons, Speak has presented sixty-eight storytellers (sharing stories in sixteen languages) in over eighty concerts for adults, provided dozens of school and community-outreach shows, crowned two youth tellers as story champions, and worked together with over a dozen local organizations. During the fifth season, we moved from our loving original home in the Shepherdstown Community Club across the street to Reynolds Hall, a larger venue with sloped seating for better visibility. We became a program of Shepherd University under the Appalachian Studies Program, and a volunteer community committee began to steer Speak into its future. In our eighth season we faced new challenges relating to the coronavirus pandemic, but we rededicated ourselves to presenting quality storytelling programming to the world. We moved out of our home at the Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities and have become our own 501c3 nonprofit organization. Our ninth season was presented entirely online and our audience grew to include people from three continents around the world. Join us as we continue to grow!