Pre-Festival Workshops

Kim Weitkamp

Tuesday, September 29

9:30 am – noon · $75

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Presented live on Zoom

A Happy Ending: 8 Steps to Story Impact for Business and Non-Profits

The greatest advertisement for our business or organization is word of mouth, and the mouths that are talking belong to our customers, patrons, and clients. One of the most overlooked tools in business is the ability to communicate your story to the people who are talking. Story is an easy, effective, and low-cost tool that can be utilized at all levels. It should always be at the ready! Learn why, how, and when to use it. Many topics covered in this workshop are also applicable to manager-staff interactions and are perfect for business and non-profits alike. 

Weitkamp, owner of Profitable Story and a recipient of the Leadership and Communication Award from Toastmasters, has coached business leaders and non-profit directors across the country.

Noa Baum

Tuesday, September 29

1 – 4 pm · $75

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Presented live on Zoom

Beyond Labels: Bridging Differences through Storytelling

Discover how storytelling can break through stereotypes and labels, lead to compassion and change, and be an effective tool to open dialogue and foster peace and tolerance in our communities. You’ll learn techniques to deepen listening skills, build community, and make connections with others. Especially appropriate for those in non-profits and business, ministry, and educators.

Israeli-born Noa Baum is an award-winning storyteller, educator and international speaker whose diverse audiences include the World Bank, Smithsonian Associates, AARP and The Mayo Clinic.

Lyn Ford

Wednesday, September 30

9:30 am – Noon · $75

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Presented live on Zoom

Feelings: Storytelling to Support Emotional Intelligence in Children

Lyn Ford presents easy-to-replicate stories and activities, discussion prompts, tips and resources in her story-based toolkit, geared especially for second and third graders. This session will emphasize ways to support children’s social and emotional development, shared in fun, thought-provoking ways that avoid moralizing or judgement. Geared toward parents, teachers, and educational professionals in curriculum support roles.

Ford’s work has been showcased on the PTO Today website and is included in story anthologies and resources for educators. Her professional development workshops are geared to benchmarks of academic content standards and 21st century learning skills.

Elizabeth Ellis

Wednesday, September 30

1 – 4 pm · $75

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Presented live on Zoom

Sitting In the Shade of Your Family Tree: Collecting and Preserving Your Family’s Stories

Master Storyteller Elizabeth Ellis will take a look at the kinds of stories most families tell and then help you determine the best ways of collecting the tales of your tribe. Topics will include special issues like privacy and point-of-view, and explore different ways of preserving and sharing what’s both unique and universal about your family’s stories. You can swing from the branches, but you gotta’ dig for the roots! Engaging and informative for any and all skill levels.

Designated an American Masterpiece Touring Artist by the NEA, Elizabeth Ellis is a versatile and riveting teller of Appalachian tales and stories of heroic American women, though her personal stories are arguably her best. An award-winning author, she is a recipient of the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence and Lifetime Achievement awards.

Join us in Jonesborough, Tennessee for the 2021 National Storytelling Festival.