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June 2016
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  Illinois Storytelling's Open Mic
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  Storytelling in the Snug with Laura Simms
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  Summer Writing/Storytelling Retreat With Jim May
  Laugh Lines: A Storytelling Workshop for Older Adults
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  Stage Left presents Spoken Word Cafe with Jim May
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Jun 4th, 2016 (Sat)
  Illinois Storytelling's Open Mic

Try a new story, tell for the first time,
update an old story and tell it again,
or just come to listen and enjoy.
For adults and young people over 12.
Presented by Illinois Storytelling Inc and Dominican University School of Library and Information Sciences.

7:00 PM, Doors open at 6:30 PM
Admission Free, Donations Accepted

Dominican University, Lewis Hall, Lewis Lounge
7900 West Division, River Forest

708-465-6305
margaret@margaretburk.com or jdelnegro@dom.edu
www.storytelling.org

Jun 7th, 2016 (Tue)
  Storytelling in the Snug with Laura Simms

LAURA SIMMS has a lifetime of experience and study in the restorative joy of engagement, and the healing power of story telling. She is a myth teller, a poet of spoken and written word, a master teacher and meditation instructor, and a humanitarian developing projects, for youth and adults, using narrative as compassionate action, worldwide. Her groundbreaking performances conjure the wisdom of myth, fairytale and folklore combined with a revelation of the mythic in our every day lives.

There will be NO COVER CHARGE for this wonderful event, but we will "pass the hat" for Laura that evening.

**PLEASE NOTE** Seating in the Snug is very limited. Come early to reserve your seats, have a meal in our dining room, and then retire with your drinks to the coziness of the Snug for storytelling!!

Reservations for dinner and storytelling or for storytelling alone are strongly recommended.

7 pm
Admission  No Cover, Pass the Hat

The Celtic Knot Public House
626 Church Street
Evanston IL 60201

847-864-1679
celticknotpub@sbcglobal.net
www.CelticKnotPub.com

Jun 11th, 2016 (Sat) -- Jun 12th, 2016 (Sun)
  Summer Writing/Storytelling Retreat With Jim May

This year’s storytelling/writing retreat at our home in Harvard, Sat and Sun, June 11th and 12th will focus on moving spoken word stories onto the page. As I have spent the better part of the last two years working on my new book: Trail Guide For a Crooked Heart, I have become more interested in further exploring the writing process.

We will spend time working with writing props, quiet individual and small group writing and feedback sessions, and examining the best publications on writing such as Gail Sher’s One Continuous Mistake, The Four Noble Truths of Writing and Ray Bradbury’s The Zen Of Writing.

According to Sher, the four noble truths of writing are:
1.    Writers write
2.    Writing is a practice
3.    You don’t know what you are writing until you’re done.
4.    If writing is a practice, the only way to fail is not to write.

Bradbury's love song to his craft."--Los Angeles Times

I have reduced the workshop price to $200, including four simple but healthy meals and dorm-type lodging (private room available for $50 additional.

The workshop will begin at 10am on Saturday morning and convene through 3pm on Sunday afternoon. The workshop site is located in Alden, Illinois, near Harvard. The setting is a completely restored 1840’s timber barn located on 25 acres of stream, woodland and prairie—ideal for hiking and solitude
Give yourself a break, and the quiet and luxury of letting your creative spirit explore. The atmosphere is supportive and relaxed. No experience necessary.

Admission $200 includes food and dormstyle/shared bath lodging. $50 additonal for private room, shared bath.

Contact for address, Harvard, Illinois 60033

815-648-2039 venue location; 815-382-5264 Jim's cell
maystory@earthlink.net
jimmaystoryteller.com

Jun 11th, 2016 (Sat)
  Laugh Lines: A Storytelling Workshop for Older Adults

Join us for a storytelling workshop led by award-winning professional storyteller Olga Loya of Stagebridge, the nation’s oldest and most renowned theatre company of older adults. The workshop will will introduce older adults to the idea of storytelling and help them cultivate their own stories. A small group of workshop participants will be selected to compete in a friendly storytelling competition which will take place on June 25th at Chicago's Hoover-Leppen Theatre.

Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Admission Free with registration

Hoover-Leppen Theatre at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL
202 729 4294
Brainhealth@ogilvy.com
www.LaughLinesWorkshop.com

Jun 18th, 2016 (Sat)
  Stage Left presents Spoken Word Cafe with Jim May

Jim will tell stories from his new book: TRAIL GUIDE FOR A CROOKED HEART, Stories and Reflections for Life's Journeys. Book signing to follow.

Stage Left Cafe is on Woodstock's historic Square. Come in the afternoon and enjoy outdoor dining at the historic Old Court House' Public House. Browse at Woodstock's independent bookstore, READ BETWEEN THE LYNES. You can have delicious chocolate there or go next door to the confectionery--check their chocolate/liquor combo menu!

Orson Wells, who went to school in Woodstock and started his acting career at our Oera House where he met two professional actors from Dublin, wrote (in 1934): "Like a wax flower under a bell of glass, in the paisley and gingham country of McHenry is Woodstock, grand capital of Victorianism in the Mid-West. Towering over a Square full of Civil War monuments, a bandstand and a spring house is the edifice in the picture. This very rustic and rusticated thing is a municipal office building, a public library, a fire department and, what is more to our purpose, an honest-to-horsehair Opera House."

7:00--8:30
No Cover

225 Van Buren, next to the Opera House, Woodstock, IL

815-382-5264
maystory@earthlink.net
woodstockoperahouse.com

Jun 25th, 2016 (Sat)
  Laugh Lines: A Storytelling Event about the Experience of Getting Older

Join us for friendly competition between storytellers and an afternoon of humorous and authentic stories about growing older. The event will be kicked of by award-winning professional storyteller Olga Loya of Stagebridge, the nation’s oldest and most renowned theatre company of older adults. Registration is free and more information is available at www.LaughLinesEvent.com.

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Admission Free with registration

Hoover-Leppen Theatre at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL
202 729 4294
BrainHealth.gov
www.LaughLinesEvent.com