Gathering to learn how to share your stories, Ullus Community Centre, June 12

Breaking News! (Okay, I say this with a little bit of sarcasm.) Scientists in Australia are starting to find physical evidence that ancient Aboriginal stories, especially of massive cataclysmic events like meteors and floods, are actually true. I eye-roll because I wonder why it’s so hard for people to accept oral stories with weight and heft… I mean, why would people have kept telling them over and over. And wasn’t the bible basically a bunch of oral stories until someone wrote them down. Anyway, I digress.

Storytelling is an art form that can make you a better salesperson, politician, teacher or dinner party guest.

You don’t even need an audience for it to be of value. There’s research that has shown that storytelling to yourself, or rewriting your own “narrative”, can transform your perspective and mental health.

It’s also a way of building, creating and preserving culture and tradition. It’s a craft. And a valuable skill to have.

So a workshop gathering to celebrate storytelling and learn a few ways of doing it? Learn how to incorporate photographs or art or body movement to tell better stories?  Who wouldn’t want to do that.

Storytelling workshop

Words of Wisdom – Celebrating Storytelling

Why are we having this gathering?
• Bring together people
• Pass on information about ways to record and share stories

What is the schedule?
10:00 – 10:30 Doors open at Ull’us Culture Centre
10:30 – 11:00 Opening – introductions, prayer, story
11:00 – 12:00 “Get to know you” activity
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 Workshops in small groups
2:30 – 3:00 Closing/Thank you

What will I be asked to do?
You will be asked to::
• share happy family stories
• be part of a workshop (there are four to choose from)

Will my story be recorded?
No. The focus of the workshop is for you to learn the skills to share your own stories the way you want.

How will my story be used?
That is your decision. Everyone will decide how they will use their own story.

Code of Conduct
We asked Elders and seniors what would make them feel comfortable at a storytelling event.
They said people need to listen respectfully when someone else is talking.
This means:
• Sit still – stay in your seat
• No phones – Leave your gadgets at home
• No talking when someone else is talking

*If possible, please bring 2-4 family photos with you