May 24 – 28th, at the Tigh-na-mara resort, Parksville, British Columbia on beautiful Vancouver Island
Loren joins Elizabeth Ellis to teach a “Difficult Stories” Master Class and a workshop of the interconnected dynamic of “Plot/ Point of View” for the Storytellers of Canada’s National Conference on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, May 24-29th.
- Loren Niemi & Elizabeth Ellis present a “Difficult Stories” Master Class on May 25
- Loren Niemi’s “Double Helix: Plot and Voice in Narratives” workshop on May 28
- Evening Concert with Noa Baum, Elizabeth Ellis, Loren Niemi and Rubena Sinha on May 28
by Loren Niemi – June 30, 2021
John Barth (an author not much read outside of Academic enclaves these days) said: “The story of your life is not your life; it’s your story.”
I am in agreement with him on that point. The stories of my life are usually more interesting, and perhaps more meaningful, than the life that gave rise to them. I can tell over 400 stories about my life from age 5 through last week. Each of them is a mix of memory, emotion, fact and (for the sake of honesty) craft, that makes the story as Elizabeth Ellis and I often say in the Difficult Stories workshop: “truthful and artful.”
But let me elaborate on this point in relation to difficult stories in general and the Difficult Stories workshop in particular.