Story the Bear

UTSA hosts storytelling festival March 4

By Adi Pavlovic
Student Writer, College of Liberal and Fine Arts

(Feb. 28, 2006)--The UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching hosts the second annual UTSA storytelling festival from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 4 at the Main Building ground floor, 1604 Campus.

The festival is free and open to the public, with the exception of workshops from 1 to 3 p.m. The workshops are $25, $15 for UTSA students.

The event will include professional storytellers and workshops that discuss how to select stories, how to tell stories and how to use stories to foster learning.

Sign-in is at 8:45 a.m., followed by a keynote address from 9 to 10 a.m., which will include discussion of the importance and influence of a good story.

From 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., participants can choose from 10 professional storytellers who will discuss different storytelling methods. Afterwards, there will be food for sale at Sombrilla Plaza and the opportunity to informally share stories.

From 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Scholastic Books will conduct a book fair with a large variety of children's literature for sale. Profits will benefit the storytelling festival.

Storytelling workshops will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Workshop admission is $25, $15 for UTSA students. To register, send or take a check (payable to UTSA ILT Department) to the UTSA Academy for Teacher Excellence, Main Building Room 0.312, 6900 N. Loop 1604 W., San Antonio, TX 78249.

With registration information, include name, UTSACard number or school district, and e-mail address. Additionally, rank your workshop preference of the following workshops (if first choice is full, you will be assigned to another workshop):

  • "Unleashing Your Inner Storyteller: Developing the Art of Teaching Through Storytelling"
  • "… And They Lived Happily Ever After: Classroom Storytelling and Culture Values"
  • "Crafting Oral Stories: Bringing the Elements of a Story to Life"

For more information, contact the Academy for Teacher Excellence at (210) 458-6175, or Susan Keehn at (210) 458-5402.

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