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Award-Winning Storyteller gives Free Workshop

Feb 19, 2016 02:00AM
If you've ever wanted to tell better stories to friends, family and others, come to award-winning storyteller/professor, Caren Neile’s free workshop in the Fernandina Beach Public Library, Saturday, March 5, 10 am to noon. "Tell Your Own Story" is a dynamic, interactive program that combines insights and tips on great storytelling with fun examples of entertaining and instructive stories.

"Storytelling is used more and more in business, health care, education and diplomacy. It involves people communicating in the most interesting way possible,” says Dr. Neile. "If you want to tell better stories, I can help you improve your skills—and you'll have a great time doing it." Many remember Neile’s stellar turn in 2014, as emcee of the First Annual Friends of the Library “Storytelling Slam” to benefit the expansion of the Fernandina Beach Branch Library. FOL is pleased to bring her back by popular demand with a grant from the Florida Humanities Council.

The first hour of “Tell Your Own Story” will include the "whats," "whys," and "hows" of good storytelling, from creating a true story to sharing it. During the second hour, participants will have a chance to engage in eye-opening and entertaining activities that help build storytelling technique.

Dr. Neile is an affiliate professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and a professional storyteller. She performs and lectures throughout the U.S. and abroad and is a co-founding editor of the academic journal Storytelling, Self, Society and former chair of the National Storytelling Network. Admission is free, but participants must register at the Library. Seating is limited, so please register as soon as possible. Call (904) 277-7365 to make a reservation or visit the library at 25 North 4th Street.

This workshop is supported by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council (FHC) and produced by the Fernandina Beach Friends of the Library (FOL). FOL, with a membership of over 400, is a non-profit group established to assist and promote the Fernandina Beach Library through fund-raising and public programming. FHC is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities which funds and coordinates statewide public humanities programs and publications that explore the people, places, and ideas that shape our state.