Storytelling Class at Metro State:
First and most urgently, check out the course Loren Niemi and I teach together at Metropolitan State University. Our fall class starts in August and enrollment is open right now. We get a mix of absolute beginners to pretty experienced folks. The principles we teach are the same regardless and the application varies depending on what each person is working on. One of my favorite things about the class is how widely mixed in age, background and life experience the students are. Makes for a great bunch of stories and students learn as much from each other's work as they do from their own.
If you are interested, register NOW. Sometimes we fill and you might end up on a waiting list, and occasionally we don't have enough and the class gets cancelled. We want it to go and we want you in it!
IF you are interested in individual story coaching or hosting a small group workshop or weekend intensive, check out the coaching page on my website. Yes, it is still promoting a birthday sale on coaching time running from March 14-28. It's been a wacky spring/summer and I haven't updated it in a little while. The bonus for you is that the links for the birthday sale prices are still active. You can give yourself (or someone else) the gift of time and attention on your art and craft.
One of the coolest projects I've worked on in the last few years is the Artist Initiative grant I received to explore the uses of digital storytelling for social change. Here is one of the stories I created during my grant period for use in my sexual violence awareness/prevention work. I highly recommend workshops taught by the Center for Digital Storytelling. They are based in the Bay Area in California but lead workshops around the country. Even if you don't think you'll take a workshop from them, check out their website to see the expansive way they think about personal narrative impacting change in the world. And to find your way to experiencing some amazing short digital stories of an intimacy and impact that bowled me over when I first was introduced to this particular art form.
This is a particular project of the Center for Digital Storytelling (CDS). A presentation on Story Speaks by Amy Hill of the CDS at a conference in Minneapolis on Storytelling and Healing back in 2005 was my first introduction to digital storytelling. Silence Speaks fosters amazing work. You can see some of the stories at its website and there are also a couple compilation DVDs available.
That Thing I'll Be Doing Any Day Now
What I most want to promote doesn't quite exist yet but I'm going to promote it anyway to help make me make it happen. Sometime yet in 2014, I will launch a blog where I translate my one-woman show The Road to Shameless into written form in posts that will eventually come together to be a book. Drafting it first as blog posts will allow me to get feedback as I go along and break it into small (hopefully) manageable chunks for writing. However, I'm in that painful stage of completely revamping my website and the platform it is on and I want the blog to integrate with the new version so I don't have it up yet.
IF that is a blog you would really like to read, shoot me an email at Nancy@NancyDonoval.com or Nancy@Stories2StopRape.com and when I have it up and running I'll let you know.
IF you are wiz at functional website and blog design on Word Press, AND you would like to do an internship or trade your expertise for story coaching, get in touch with me and let's talk.
IF you would like to help make an honest, insightful -- and, yes, even funny -- book about the journey of healing from the trauma of sexual assault a reality - give a holler. I could really use some help designing and implementing an IndieGoGo or Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the book project.
I'm sure there are tons of other things I could be suggesting you check out. I will leave you with links to two writer/performers I discovered in the last few years whose work invigorates, inspires, and delights me.
I met Steve when we were both performing at a festival in 2008 in Oklahoma. A singer/songwriter, Steve’s songs (and the intros) are stories—goofy, dark, moving, hilarious stories--some fictional, some autobiographical. I have an enormous talent crush on him. Steve's presence on stage is so fearless and openhearted that whenever I followed him on stage, the emotional space he'd created called out better work from me. We batted around the idea of me opening a show for him sometime when he tours through the Midwest. Talk about out of my comfort zone, opening for a rock musician. I have no idea if or when we'll make it happen but in the meantime his CDs remain the ones I listen to most on long drives. Unraveling is probably my favorite along with the live album Tales from the Tavern that comes with a DVD of the show.
S. Bear Bergman
Seems 2008 was a good year for me for discovering artists. A week after I met Steve in Oklahoma, I saw a one-person show in Minneapolis called Monday Night in Westerbork by S. Bear Bergman, a transgender author/storyteller/educator descended from a long line of Jewish storytellers. A funny, complex story about the holocaust, identity and who gets to make the list of who is acceptable in society and who is not, it is some of the best storytelling I have ever experienced. How affirming to hear Bear use humor to make hard subjects bearable right when I was getting some pushback from people who couldn't see how I could be presenting a show about date rape that had laughter of any kind in it. How do we traverse the darkness if we don’t bring light with us? I wished I still produced a festival so I could get it in front of other people. I wanted every student I'd ever had or ever would have to see the way Bear negotiates the territory between storytelling and theater. Mostly I just want to see more of Bear's work myself!
Thanks so much to Allison Broeren for inviting me to be one of her resident bloggers this summer and to her intern Mollie Lacy for her endless patience and good nature in nudging me to actually get the posts done and to her.