University of Atlantia

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Taking a Story From Written to Told

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Instructor's Kingdom: Atlantia, Time Zone: EST
University Session:
CA38 May 30, 2015
Crs #:
Sat May 30
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
3 hrs
Course Category:
Arts & Sciences
Learn how to take a story from written to told by actually helping me do it. The story we will be working on is the story of Sigurd the DragonSlayer from the Volsungsaga. I have written two or three versions of this story, none of them really all that good. We will work on the point of the story, which character's point of view to use, how to adapt the story for modern listeners, the first line, last line, and outline of the story, memorizing and rehearsing the story, changing the story based on rehearsing it, rehearsing it again, changing it again, (you get the idea) and finally telling it. Participating in the process will illustrate several truths: Even Laurels produce garbage. If you work on it, garbage can become something wonderful. On the other hand, garbage can remain garbage no matter what you do. Half of art is knowing when to stop. The other half is learning how to recognize garbage and when to throw it away. It takes ten bad ideas to come up with one good one. Don't start a project without knowing what your goal is. Telling stories takes work. And hopefully other useful lessons. Handouts will include my "How to Tell Stories in the SCA", the original story from the Volsungsaga, and my latest unsatisfactory version of the story. The teacher of this class is Mistress Dervila ni Leanon, OL, a well-known storyteller who has been paid to look like a fool.