From STAFF REPORTS
Storyteller Beth Horner has worked with organizations like NASA and National Geographic to build big stories out of individual experiences. Soon, as the guest of the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, she’ll lead a workshop to help participants do the same for their institutions.
Her Thursday, Sept. 27 workshop, “Stories to Create Positive Change,” will focus on ways that organizations can use storytelling to create internal cohesion and communicate messages to outside audiences. Horner will teach techniques that include putting aside PowerPoint presentations for stories that can be found, developed, and used in institutional settings. Space is limited and advance registration is strongly recommended.
For those who aren’t ready to work with stories just yet, Horner will offer a series of entertaining storytelling concerts. The matinee shows will be Tuesday through Saturday, September 25 – 29, starting each day at 2 p.m. Advance purchase is recommended, but not required.
Horner’s weeklong appearance is part of the Storytelling Live! series,. As an entertainer, Horner is known for her deft mix of personal stories and traditional tales. “Embedding a concise, insightful folk tale into a story about my life experience brings a depth to the piece,” she said. “It grounds the story, and it helps you realize that life situations such as these have been occurring for centuries.”
Her repertoire runs the gamut from high literature (think Edgar Allan Poe) to dark war stories. Even her most serious stories are delivered with a light touch. “Every life situation can be humorous, no matter how trying or difficult it might be,” she said. “That’s how we get through it.”
It’s a technique that works just as well for a character in one of her silly romance stories as it does for a real live astronaut dealing with a problem in the depths of outer space.
Tickets for Horner’s matinee shows are $12 for adults, and $11 for seniors, students, and anyone under 18. For more information about Storytelling Live! or to make a group reservation, call (800) 952-8392 ext. 222 or (423) 913-1276.