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“Springboards for Stories"

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“Springboards for Stories"

Time: January 30, 2009 at 5pm to February 2, 2009 at 1pm
Location: "Naulakha" Ruyard Kipling's historic Brattleboro VT home
City/Town: Dummerston, Vermont
Website or Map: http://www.landmarktrustusa.o…
Phone: 508-295-0886
Event Type: workshop
Organized By: Jackson Gillman
Latest Activity: Dec 6, 2008

Event Description

Are you sitting on some great stories that you might want to put out there…?

For the third year, Jackson Gillman will offer “Springboards for Stories" on January 30 - February 2, 2009 in one of New England's most inspiring settings: Ruyard Kipling's historic Brattleboro VT home, "Naulakha" ("jewel without price").

Over the past 27 years, I have presented workshops annually at the New England Storytelling Conference, rotating 8 different ones. Springboards is my favorite. The goal is to help individuals develop stories by doing some exploratory mining of personal experiences, and consider ways to refine, polish and share those nuggets. "Listener as co-creator" and peer coaching are also promoted in this workshop. Each session is open to 4-7 people who’d like to dive into some new material with a communal spirit, and opportunities for group critique and personal coaching. Participants with any range of experience are welcome including people who don’t consider themselves performers at all.

I fell in love with Kipling’s wonderful home eight years ago when I started my semiannual portrayal of Rudyard-in-Residence. Just being at "Naulakha" is inspiring and coupled with collective synergy, participants have invariably come away enriched, fired up with many new personal story ideas to work on.

Three nights lodging (bedrooms with twin beds), meal fixings, and one catered meal on each of the four days, communal zeal and inspiration, all for $475. More details are available by emailing Sneak previews of the property and where you too can play pool on the same table as Ruddy and his buddy Sir Arthur Conan Doyle can be seen on photo gallery.

In addition to a few performing artists, participants in earlier sessions included:
a college dean, a college communications professor, a psychologist, a master electrician, a woodworker, counselor/social worker, a glass artist, an author, and an architect.

“Thanks again for the wonderful workshop. It was a weekend full of magical inspiration. What an amazing group of people! (It really is rare to find such a kind group... No one dominating; and everyone doing their best to help each other.) With your free-flowing, ‘organic’ style, everyone felt engaged, honored, and challenged. Naulahka of course was lovely, and the catering was perfect. And I loved your breakfasts!” - Motoko

“I was so surprised at how much work I got done…” – Libby

“…entirely the proper use of my precious time... The food was wonderful, the setting magical and the company intimate and relaxed.” – Mark

"Jackson helped me find the rhythms that sustained my piece through voice and movement... He’s that rare coach – a generous artist who nurtures the unique art of others.” – Jo

“I can not fully express how fortunate I am to have participated in your workshop this past week. It truly was a Springboard storytelling boot camp. I learned to bring forth gallons of story ideas to a dry river bed. Ideas and friendships began flowing the very moment we shared introductions. The coaching by my peers and the direction and coaching by your self shaped and polished my skills beyond my expectation. It is said we arrive were we are going on the shoulders of giants. However sometimes we need a springboard to gain the altitude.” – Vernon

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Grand Prize for South Shore Grand Slam Story Slam generously donated by Nicolette Heavey and Stories In The Streets (A Maine Get Away)

Stories in the Streets in an outreach literacy program that focuses on families in at-risk areas and fosters community engagement in storytelling by: 1) Creating opportunities for public storytelling wherever families gather — a farmer’s market, laundromat, or food line; and, 2) Offering storytelling workshops that raise family engagement in literacy, cultural awareness and community understanding.  The program is currently active in Lawrence, Brockton and Randolph.


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