Tag Archives: Traditional Stories

Breathing Life into Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales should be anything but dry! Join Cooper as we explore how to approach the “freeze dried soup” of classic fairy tales. How to bring them to life, take them apart, rebuild them, and have some plain old fun telling fairy tales.

  • Taught by Cooper Braun-Enos
  • Thursdays, March 16, 23, and 30
  • 7pm Central Time
  • 90-minute Zoom sessions
  • Tickets $120

 

Cooper Braun was raised by granola eating coyotes in Boulder Colorado. In 2013, he took to the storytelling stage for the first time. Cooper was featured at the Exchange Place at the National Storytelling Festival in 2017. He was awarded the 2018 JJ Reneaux Emerging Artist Award and the 2022 Regional Excellence Award by the National Storytelling Network.

Cooper’s stories remind us that fairy tales were never just for children. That traditional stories can be funny, dark, poignant, and anything but dry.

Since the beginning of the pandemic Stories with Spirit, his company with Rachel Ann Harding, has become one of the leading producers of virtual storytelling shows. Their series Fairy Tale Variations has proved wildly successful, regularly attracting audiences of over 200 from around the world.


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Introduction to Storytelling

The fundamentals of storytelling: what is a story, how to craft it, and how to tell it. We begin by looking at both personal and traditional stories to learn genres and the narrative forms, then begin making decisions about the particular narrative form you want to use, beginnings/ endings, point of view, the emotional arc of a story, and then practice telling it.

  • Taught by the Founder, Loren Niemi
  • Thursdays, February 9, 16, and 23
  • 7pm Central Time
  • 90-minute Zoom sessions
  • $100 (includes one hour of individual coaching)

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The Briar

@ The Briar with Richard Rosseau

February 8th – Richard Rousseau joins Loren Niemi @The Briar

Doors at 6:30 PM, Performance at 7:00 PM Central, Tickets $10 at the door
The Briar 1231 Washington Street Northeast, Minneapolis, MN

 

For over 30 years Richard Rousseau has been entertaining audiences as a storyteller. Richard’s repertoire ranges from stories based on the life experiences of an outsider to historical tales. He has appeared on various stages locally and nationally, performed in ten MN Fringe shows, and is a regular with Cheap Theater. He hosted a monthly winter storytelling series at Coffee Bene in St. Paul. Rousseau was named to the North Dakota State University (Mayville) Performing Arts Hall of Fame and received a NSN Oracle Regional Excellence Award for Creativity.

 

Loren Niemi is a poet, author, innovative storyteller and the founder of the American School of Storytelling. He received a Lifetime Achievement award from the National Storytelling Network in 2016 and a 2020 Midwest Book Award for his story collection, “What Haunts Us”. A new poetry memoir “A Breviary for the Lost” is available now. www.lorenNiemistories.com

 

Intermediate storytelling

Moving beyond the basics of an  introduction to Storytelling (where do you start, where do you end, who is telling the story) this three session ZOOM class is a deeper dive into the use of plot, character and detailing to shape the story. The 90-minute sessions are highly interactive and applicable to both traditional and personal stories.

7:00-8:30pm on Mondays, Dec 5, 12, and 19th


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The Briar

@ The Briar with Rose McGee

Storyteller and community activist Rose McGee joins the Founder for an evening of traditional, personal and holiday tales. Krampus is coming!

Rose McGee

Rose McGee is Founder of the internationally recognized non-profit Sweet Potato Comfort Pie®

Locally and nationally, she is a well-known speaker, storyteller, and activist who is recognized as one of Minnesota’s 50 Over 50, a member of Women Who Really Cook, the Golden Valley and the Minnesota League of Women Voters, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

She is featured in the national PBS documentary, A Few Good Pie Places, author of the books, Story Circle Stories, Kumbayah The Juneteenth Story, and has a TEDx Talk on The Power of Pie. In November, Rose’s children’s book, Can’t Nobody Make a Sweet Potato Pie like Our Mama, will be released by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Loren Niemi is a poet, author, innovative storyteller and the founder of the American School of Storytelling. He received a Lifetime Achievement award from the National Storytelling Network in 2016 and a 2020 Midwest Book Award for his story collection, “What Haunts Us”. A new poetry memoir “A Breviary for the Lost” is available now. www.lorenNiemistories.com

Doors at 6:30; 7pm Show
Tickets $10 online or at the door


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Introduction to Storytelling

The fundamentals of storytelling: what is a story, how to craft it, and how to tell it. We begin by looking at both personal and traditional stories to learn genres and the narrative forms, then begin making decisions about the particular narrative form you want to use, beginnings/ endings, point of view, the emotional arc of a story, and then practice telling it.

This is a three session class on Zoom, Thursdays, November 3rd, 10th and 17th.

 


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Fairy Tale as Life Story

Join Laura Packer for a three-session exploration into using fairy tales as structure and form for stories out of your life. This class is ideal for telling those stories you still need to keep secret, for using symbolic language, for political play, and for the great fun of retelling the tale. Reveal the heroes, helpers, and villains, celebrate wit and wisdom, and use rich symbols to tell your own tale, a story from your family (immigration stories are always fun to retell as fairy tales), or a story of modern events (Emperor’s New Clothes, anyone?). Storytellers, poets, and trouble makers all welcome. 

$75 for all three sessions, Tuesdays, September 6, 13, and 20 at 7-8:30pm Central.

Introduction to Traditional Stories

This is a five session introduction to finding, learning and confidently telling traditional folk, cultural, and fairytales.

Iin July and August the American School of Storytelling will offer a 5 session Introduction to Traditional Stories. Taught by Loren Niemi and Diane Edgecomb, it will include how to find, learn and confidently tell traditional stories. It will also explore creating contemporary or braided variations and the necessary cautions of cultural appropriation.

Online (Zoom) Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:30 PM Central time July 13, 20, 27, August 3 and 10th. Priced at $100 for all five sessions, this will be both informative and fun, whether you want to tell a lighthearted Goldilocks and the 3 Bears or the darker shadow of the Brothers Grimm’s Bearskin.

Reimagining Traditional Stories

by Loren Niemi – March 27, 2022

What do you remember about your favorite fairy tale? The major characters? Three pigs, a wolf… The basic plot? They build houses, the wolf blows the first two down but can’t shake the third. What else? The setting? Where were the pig’s houses? The time of year? Springtime or was it Summer? Who is telling the story?

Ahh, now there’s the first question that needs be asked about traditional tales, and personal tales as well. While most traditional tales are told in the third person (they/them), there is an argument to be made that when told in the first person (I/we) the story has more “energy” and greater emotional engagement. What is the story when told from one of the pigs or the wolf’s point of view?

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