BratzBasher and I are going to college. We’ve signed up for a storytelling course at UMSL and have already attended the first two of seven days. It’s been awesome. It’s taught by a few local, professional storytellers, starting with Lynn Rubright, who taught these first two days. We’ll also be instructed by Annette Harrison, Ken Wolfe, and Sue Hinkel.
We learned about the course through Sue (who teaches it every year), and then we saw it advertised on the St Louis Storytelling Festival website. Merkin thought it would be a great Mommy/Daughter activity this summer, and he was right. It’s kind of a crash course, cramming a three-credit class into seven days — and it’s an all-day thing. Time flies when you’re having fun, but BB and I are tired by the end of the afternoon.
Today was the first day we told our stories to the entire class. We’ve been learning about family folklore and personal stories, and we each had to tell a short story from our life. I told about playing Risk with my family, and BB told about being a tuba player. All the stories were really good. It was hard to believe that some of these people were telling in front of a group for the first time. We all got feedback from the professor and a chance to hear feedback from the other students — everything was very positive and encouraging. I’m looking forward to Monday and seeing what the next instructor will be like.