translations of poetry have appeared in numerous journals
and anthologies both in the U.S. and abroad. Translations
of his English translations from the Japanese have appeared
in several other languages of the world
“Thank you for once again sharing portions of
your vast storytelling expertise with Kentucky Storytelling
Association conference participates. Your session on
incorporating poetry was very well received. We are fortunate
to be able to benefit from your talent, enthusiasm, expertise
and your ability to teach others.”
Betsy Fleischer, Board President
R.E.A.C.H. 2012 Participant Evaluations:
Harold and Jonatha displayeda comprehensive knowledgeof their subject. They are very animated, have excellent interactive displays, show a lifetime of knowledge, I loved it.
Things participants learned: Non verbal cues/cultural context, significance of little gestures, how to think differently about writing, types of characters and how to differentiate between the, easy ways to communicate and express oneself, how to describe movements in words, how to incorporate both verbal and visual cues to develop characters, howe motions help a story, how different viewers view the same subject differently, how to use the whole body and not just wordsto tell stories and convey meanings, character identification and expressive writing, how to consider over-exaggerated physical characteristics to develop character.
The Gesture handouts were very helpful. It was fun, and there was great group participation. Everyone could gain from this. Keep doing what you are doing, you two are fantastic!
The Wrights have taught storytelling in many
area colleges. They do workshops all over the US and in Kyoto
on storytelling techniques and skills. Professionally they
belong to the state storytelling groups of Ohio, Kentucky and
Florida ( OOPS! , KSA and FSA) the National Storytelling Network,
and the Miami Valley Storytellers.
They have presented many workshops on cross
cultural and bilingual storytelling, and taught “The World
of Storytelling” at Antioch College, and The Art of Storytelling
at Antioch University’s McGregor School (weekend college).
“Love, Honor and Cherish That
Story, an Introduction to Storytelling” Here
is a program to help your group get started. It has all the
storytelling basics couched in a format that helps you see
what stories are for you, and how to tell them with sensitivity
and do them justice. As an extended program you delve into
numerous styles and techniques. You will get extensive information
on finding stories, and making them your own to tell. (One
to eight hours)
“One Plus One Equals Two, Telling
in Tandem” From our Lucky Thirteen Essentials
of Tandem Telling to exciting full-blown examples of style,
participants will observe and practice a variety of techniques
for telling with a partner (s).
“Our Stories Honor and Reveal
Our Heritage: Telling YOUR Stories” Are you
wanting skills in expressing yourself through your own stories?
Do you want advice on taking something personal and developing
it into a story others will enjoy, perhaps learn from? See
and hear how this can be done in this hands-on workshop.
“Creating Bridges: Cross-Cultural
Storytelling” Most of us want to tell stories
from other cultures, other lands. Let us help you do this with
accuracy and cultural sensitivity. We will discuss and try
out differences in body language, gesture and facial expressions.
We will work on putting our stories into the proper time and
place. We consider the pitfalls of cultural appropriation.
“Prose, Rhythm and Rhyme: Using
Poetry to Spice Up Your Storytelling” From story
poems to catchy refrain, perfect beginnings to memorable endings;
adding poetry to your performance adds delight and variety.
You may even decide to recite ballads at your next performance!
“Samurai, Ghosts and Cranes:
The Oral Tradition in Japan.” Come and immerse
yourself in the ancient, two-thousand year old, continuous
culture of Japan. This is your opportunity to gain an understanding
of this rich genre of story, traditional types of tellers,
context of these stories and an historical look at their development
through various performing arts in Japan, from the ribald to
Are you looking for some topic in a longer
An all day seminar
A several week series of classes
A residency of two to five days
We can provide you with an in-depth look at
a storytelling topic. These are interactive sessions, full of
hands-on activities, group and individual exercises. each class
provides a packet of printed materials to augment the verbal
lesson and allow participants to study the topic further on their