It's been awhile since I posted storytelling resources. I'm betting some of you are like me, having a tough time getting outside in this weather. In the spirit of keeping our creative fires burning, here are some storytelling things you might do from the comfort of your home. Please note, some of these links were previously posted here, but this is an updated list.
- Learn something new, part 1. How about adding a traditional tale to your repertoire? If nothing else, reading some of the old stories will remind of you that people haven't changed very much in the last 10,000 years. The same things still matter to us, it's just at a more frantic pace. You might learn something about yourself or find a piece you'd like to tell or alter.
There are many great online resources full of traditional stories.
- Sur la Lune is a lovely site with detailed analysis of some familiar (and less familiar) fairy tales. Also links to a store with merchandise for folktale nerds like me.
- Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts has a fairly academic and thorough listing of hundreds of story texts.
- The Internet Sacred Text Archive includes myths and legends from around the world.
- Google books has complete texts available you can find with a simple search. Looking for fairy tales? How about Indian fairy tales? Or Hindu fairy tales? Give it shot, see what you find. You might be surprised.
- Learn something new, part 2. The internet has many wonderful other resources available for you to explore.
- Explore the resources at your local library. Most public libraries have their catalogs available online. Many will allow you to hold a book that you can pick up later, when it's warmer. Try a catalog search for storytelling with children, for example. Or some other topic that interests you. See what you can find!
- Learn about a new kind of storytelling. As I mentioned last week, it's sometimes good to tell the stories that scare you. Check out the site for an organization that does something you'd like to tell about. Do you care about marine life? Go to the Cousteau Society and see how they tell their story. How would you tell that same story? What about digital storytelling? Or stand-up comedy?
- Read an article by someone you admire. Many storytellers maintain blogs or archives of their advice. Go to their websites and poke around.
- How about telling a story in your living room, recording it and then going over the recording? What was great? What could be eliminated or fleshed out?
- Work on a new idea. Jot down some notes, call a friend and aks them to brainstorm with you.
- When was the last time you updated your webpage, resume, myspace, facebook or linkedin pages?
- Send a few emails to organizations where you'd like to tell.
- Update your basic press release.
(c)2011 Laura S. Packer