2014 Workshops

Talk Story, Write Story Upward Bound College Prep Program

June 24 – July 3, 2014 at the UAF Campus, Fairbanks, Alaska

This workshop at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Campus was facilitated by Talk Story, Write Story co-directors Tad Bartimus and Dean Wariner. More about the workshop, including student participant evaluations, HERE.

 

Talk Story, Write Story Teacher Workshop

May 1 – 4, 2014, Homer, Alaska  (Flyer)

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Participants at Talk Story, Write Story Teachers Workshop in Homer, May 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This workshop at Land’s End Resort was facilitated by Talk Story, Write Story co-directors Tad Bartimus and Dean Wariner. Workshop participants included Shannon O’Brien, Sean Campbell, Jennifer Swander, James Harris, Laura Niemczyk, Kyle Cater, and Falon Tardiff.

 

Talk Story, Write Story Teacher Workshop

April 24 – 27, 2014, Juneau, Alaska  (Flyer)

  • Participants at Talk Story, Write Story Teacher Workshop in Juneau, April 2014

This workshop at the Juneau Hotel was facilitated by Talk Story, Write Story co-directors Tad Bartimus and Dean Wariner. Workshop participants included Jeanne Campbell, Barbara Conant, Janice Kaiser, Emily Moody, Karina Reyes, Valorie Ringle, Leslie Theurer, and Betsy Whicker.

About Talk Story, Write Story Teacher Workshops

Talk Story, Write Story is a writing workshop created to inspire and instruct students to believe they can do anything by crafting the best personal essays being written by high school seniors anywhere. They use those essays to gain college admittance, scholarships and jobs.

Alaska teachers who participate in Talk Story, Write Story workshops can smoothly integrate this writing program into their curriculum to benefit students throughout rural Alaska. Teachers who have attended past workshops in Ketchikan, Metlakatla, Chevak, Juneau, Homer and Bethel were excited to practice new skills and hone existing ones. Alaska’s students — tomorrow’s leaders — will benefit from these enhanced storytelling skills via broadband to perpetuate their own, their elders’, and their ancestors’ stories through multi-generational partnerships. This will further enrich Alaska Native cultures and the heritage of all Alaskans.

Workshop Objectives

Show teachers how to talk their own stories so they can write their own stories and teach others how to do it.

Share techniques to help workshop participants reveal their individual character through storytelling in the context of personal hardships, opportunities, and responses to daily as well as extreme life experiences.

Help participants look within for their creativity; persistence; service to others; intellectual curiosity; achievements in daily life; motivation; personal experience in managing or overcoming significant obstacles or challenges; understand their choices and what was gained as a result of those choices.

Guide participants in transferring their oral stories into written form while preserving their unique “voice” as they transition from TELLING to SHOWING.

Outcomes and Opportunities

Participants emerge from Talk Story, Write Story workshops with enhanced self-confidence: are better able to communicate their personal values, goals and gifts: are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with others, and have heightened leadership abilities

Talk Story, Write Story students learn storytelling techniques that will guide them in their personal and professional lives

Provides professional enrichment credits (through University of Alaska system)

Plans are being made to expand Talk Story, Write Story workshops in Alaska next school year to work with more teachers and directly with students.