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Virginia Storytelling Gathering

2004

August 12, 2003

Dear VASA Member:

The Virginia Storytelling Gathering 2004 Committee has been busy working out plans for the third Virginia Gathering to be sponsored by our statewide organization for storytellers, the Virginia Storytelling Alliance, on April 2-4, 2004.

We are pleased to announce big changes this year. We want to cultivate a closer storytelling community, which is not easy to do in our large state. But we thought that it might help if we could hold the Virginia Storytelling Gathering in a conference center where people can drive in, park, stay, sleep, eat, and celebrate S T O R Y together! And furthermore--it won't cost an arm and a leg!

To that end, we have reserved the Massanetta Springs Conference Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia for the weekend of April 2-4, from Friday evening to Sunday noon.

We also want to focus more on state and regional storytellers, not only as tellers but also as workshop presenters. In the past, if one wanted to tell at one of our concerts, they were expected to present a workshop also.

We're changing that! We are giving you the opportunity to both tell and present a workshop or tell only or present only. We will choose four tellers and five workshop presenters. Each will receive registration, lodging and meals plus a $100 honorarium.

Please read the guidelines closely. Decide if you want to join us in making our state-wide organization one of the most talented, energetic, vibrant storytelling alliances in the whole U.S.A. Send your proposals, postmarked no later than September 30, 2003, to the Virginia Storytelling Gathering Committee for evaluation and selection. We'll let you know of the selections by early December.

And remember, even if you don't get selected, we strongly encourage you to come and make up the storytelling community of listeners, learners, and sharers. Your participation as storyteller, workshop presenter, or audience member is vital to the growth and perpetuation of storytelling in Virginia. We look forward to hearing from you and joining you at the Virginia Storytelling Gathering 2004.

Very truly yours,

Mimi Rockwell, Chair
Virginia Storytelling Gathering 2004 Committee


CALL FOR STORYTELLERS

VASA will present a Saturday evening concert on April 3, 2004 which will feature Dovie Thomason-Sickles and 4 regional storytellers who will be selected by audition. This concert is open to the general public for a nominal admission charge.

We invite and encourage you to submit a performance proposal for this annual concert. Regional storytellers must be members of VASA but do not have to be a Virginia resident.

Each storyteller should be prepared to tell a 12-15 minute story at the Saturday night concert. For this each will receive a $100 Honorarium. VASA will also pay the cost of the conference, two-nights' lodging at Massanetta Springs on April 2 and 3, and four meals (three on Sat. and breakfast on Sun. morning) in the Conference Center's dining hall.

Any story sharing at the storyswaps and Sunday morning's Inspirational telling will be optional and receive no additional compensation.

The performance proposal must include a CD or an audio-tape of the story you wish to tell on April 3. It must be appropriate for a family audience, not exclusively for children. If your recording has more than one story on it, please indicate clearly on the accompanying proposal exactly which story you want to audition and cue your audition tape to the audition selection. In addition, please fill out the following to be submitted with the recording. Members of the Virginia Storytelling Gathering Committee will evaluate Performance Proposals.

PROPOSAL FORMAT:

  1. Presenter's name, address, phone, Fax, e-mail on the first page. Your name should appear at the top of each additional page you submit.
  2. Name of Story you are auditioning and if there is more than one story on the recording, exactly where it can be found.
  3. Types of stories you usually tell and types of audiences for whom you usually tell.
  4. A 50-word biography appropriate for press releases, parts of which may be used by the concert M.C. in your introduction and in the Storytelling Gathering brochure.
  5. Your storytelling resume and supporting promotional material, i.e. your brochure, photo, etc.

Send 1 copy of the audition cassette or CD and the performance proposal postmarked by September 30, 2003 to Mimi Rockwell, Virginia Storytelling Gathering Committee Chair, 15301 Castle Yonder Lane, Bristol, VA 24201-4670 (Questions? her phone is 276-669-8358 and e-mail is appalachianstory@aol.com.) Include a SASE for response to your performance proposal. If you want your recordings returned, please include an additional self-addressed mailer with appropriate postage included.


CALL FOR WORKSHOP PRESENTERS

Five workshop presenters will be selected. Workshops for the 2004 Gathering will take place on both Saturday and Sunday, April 3 and 4. Presenters should submit proposals for a 75-minute workshop that would be given two times during the weekend. Each presenter will be given a $100 Honorarium. Additionally, VASA will pay the cost of the conference, two-nights' lodging at Massanetta Springs on April 2 and 3, and four meals (three on Sat. and breakfast on Sun. morning) in the Conference Center's dining hall.

All workshop presenters must be members of VASA, but do not have to be a Virginia resident. Proposals will be evaluated by members of the Gathering Committee and must be postmarked no later than September 30.

We encourage variety in presentations to appeal to all levels of experience. For instance, How To Get Started, Storytelling for Experienced Tellers; Crafting Personal Stories; Storytelling Activities for Children; Developing Historical Characters; Marketing; Voice and Movement Activities are just samples. Panel discussions, and showcases of your work are also encouraged.

PROPOSAL FORMAT:

  1. Presenter's name, address, phone, Fax, e-mail on the first page, and your name should appear at the top of each additional page you submit.
  2. Workshop title and brief workshop description (maximum 50 words). Please include the following:
    1. Learning Goals and Objectives
    2. Format (Lecture, Discussion, Experiential, Etc.)
    3. Space, audio-visual, other equipment needs (flipchart, chalkboard, etc.)
  3. A 50-word biography appropriate for press releases, parts of which may also be used in the Storytelling Gathering brochure. If applicable, include where and when you presented this workshop before.
  4. In addition, please include a storytelling resume and supporting promotional material, i.e. your brochure, photo, etc.

Send 3 copies of the workshop proposal postmarked by September 30, 2003 to Mimi Rockwell, Virginia Storytelling Alliance Gathering 2004 Committee Chair, 15301 Castle Yonder Lane, Bristol, VA 24201-4670 (Questions? her phone is 276-669-8358 and e-mail is appalachianstory@aol.com.)

Include a SASE for response to your performance proposal. If you want any of your materials returned, please include an additional self-addressed mailer with appropriate postage included.