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Date
Session / Presenter
Location / Time
Jun 07
Sun - 2020
Topical Songwriting Using Traditional and Regional Styles
Jez Lowe
TBD
10:10am to 11:40am
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Presenter: Jez Lowe

Musician and songwriter Jez Lowe has found much of his inspiration during his 40 year performing career within the folk music of his native North Eastern England, an area rich in industrial history and with its own unique style in both folk song and dance music – a blend of Irish, Scots, Scandinavian and English traditions. As he has instinctively embraced the benefits of such strong inspiration, Jez has nevertheless endeavoured to cast a contemporary and modern outlook across all his work, striving to confront the issues of today while acknowledging the struggles and triumphs of the past. This is an approach that has readily been adopted by many of his more celebrated fellow-travellers, and one which Jez will be encouraging his audience to try for themselves, by tapping into their own regional and musical heritage, and relishing the results.

Jun 07
Sun - 2020
Storytelling for Writers: Turning Prose on the Page to Stories on the Stage
Jamie Brickhouse
TBD
1:10pm to 2:40pm
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Presenter: Jamie Brickhouse

Deeply personal, honest, funny true stories can be therapeutic and cathartic for the storyteller, but the storyteller’s catharsis isn’t the point. By performing a story for an audience, the storyteller must create an emotional experience in the audience. Jamie Brickhouse—a nationally recognized (PBS-TV), 4-time Moth champion, National Storytelling Network Grand Slam champion, New York Times published memoirist, and award-winning solo show performer—reveals how it’s done. In this introduction to personal narrative storytelling, he demonstrates how to adapt stories from your memoirs and personal essays that are dynamic, compelling, engaging, funny, suspenseful, moving, and ultimately universal and cathartic. He adapted his memoir Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex and My Mother into a multi-award-winning show that he continues to tour across the country. His second solo show, I Favor My Daddy, is based on his memoir-in-progress and is also multi-award-winning. Using examples from his own work, that of other stellar tellers and tools taken from writing his memoirs, he reveals the art and craft to unlocking and adaptive personal narrative prose into stories that are entertaining, profound, funny and moving. Participants should come with one chapter, story, or personal essay they want to workshop for performance and will leave the class with the tools for a stage-ready story.