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NCC Humanities Presents “What’s Your Story?”

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

NCC Humanities Department Presents: “What’s Your Story?” in collaboration with We Rise Storytelling Collective and the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville College. Our inaugural event on Thursday, September 27 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. is a night of good food, fun, and true stories that will be told live, by students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends in the Culinary Arts Dining Room.

Stories have the power to connect us, to move us, to make us laugh and make us cry.  Through stories we see that we are not alone in our foibles, traumas, and celebrations.  The theme for the evening’s stories will be “Back to School:  Lessons learned in the classroom and elsewhere.”  We’ve all got a story or two about a time we were taught a good lesson – come share yours!

Stories will be five to six minutes long, told without notes if possible, and be in the first person so that the speaker is the protagonist of the story.  Anyone who would like to tell a story but isn’t sure of their ability, can get some free advice and coaching from Professor Renae Edge, who has told stories for The Moth, Speak Up, We Rise Storytelling Collective, and The TMI Project.    As well, a list of helpful links and tips is at the bottom of this e-mail.

Come, encourage students to come, bring your friends, share your story, or just enjoy listening to others, and enjoy a free, fabulous meal prepared and served by our Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management students.

Please RSVP to Renae Edge at redge@norwalk.edu by September 18 and indicate whether you definitely want to tell a story; are thinking about telling a story and will definitely be there; or will definitely be there to eat and enjoy listening but will not be telling a story.

Also, please contact Renae if you are interested in developing a storytelling component for your event or wish to help organize such events. Links to good storytelling sites and articles on storytelling:
The Moth — https://themoth.org/   The Moth airs on NPR on Saturdays at 2:00 and at 7:00.  All stories aired are available on the website.  A good list of stories for the classroom can be found under “Education” then “Resources”.

Speak Up —  (http://speakupstorytelling.com/  Speak Up’s podcasts features one story per episode with a critique afterwards. You can hear Renae’s story, “Heard It in a Love Song”, that she first told at NCC’s first storytelling festival in 2016, in Episode #14 of the Speak Up podcast.  http://speakupstorytelling.libsyn.com/renae-edge-heard-it-in-a-love-song

The TMI Project — http://www.tmiproject.org/   These stories are very personal and emotional, often involving traumatic moments.  The storytellers are required to read their stories.




September 27
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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