Workshops, - Coaching - Keynotes
offer techniques to help you or your group share stories with greater skill and depth, and insight into how stories and storytelling enrich our lives.
"Guilford Community College has been privileged to have Steven Henegar as its Visiting Artist. His talents include a strong teaching ability in addition to performing. He has given numerous workshops for teachers, parents and others who are interested in storytelling and the importance of family stories."
William M. Guill, Visiting Artist Coordinator - GTCC, NC
Workshops also support curriculum standards in language arts and drama, and enhance listening, writing and organizational skills in all areas. Steven creates a casual, interactive atmosphere that invites
willing participation from both students and adults.
“Your teaching by demonstration was superb! You created a pleasant,
joyful atmosphere with both your manner and your selection of
stories. The teachers commented that Mr. Henegar's lesson
beautifully reemphasized their own."
Fanchonette Davis, Media Coordinator
Page High School, NC
Individual and small group coaching provides the opportunity for one-on-one attention. Develop your own work and style in a relaxed
and supportive environment.
"Steven Henegar has visited my writing workshops (Advanced Fiction) twice—and my students have come away with a deeper understanding of the origins of the oral traditions of storytelling as they apply to fiction writing. He provided many insights
into a creative process that is often difficult for the students to grasp."
Prof. Steven Sher
Dept. of English, U of NC Wilmington
Just the Basics—Beginning Storytelling
Make every story your very own! An introduction to the basics of shaping a dynamic and inviting oral story with an emphasis on structure and sequence, creating environmental details, character development, and performance techniques. Discover a process that lets you distill a story to its essentials, so that you can manage all the details without getting lost in them. Lively discussion and fun small group work interspersed with examples of Steven’s storytelling.
Recommended for teachers, beginning performers, and anyone starting to use storytelling in their work.
Supports the communication curriculum, including listening, language development, and writing skills as well as standards in speech and drama. Available for students 4th grade and up.
Stories in Our Lives: Finding and Sharing Family Stories
Stories create a common memory that strengthens families and communities.
Rediscover personal and family stories within a comfortable, interactive atmosphere. Learn techniques for exploring memory, elements of a well-crafted story, and simple, effective performance tools to fit your storytelling style. Group discussion and small group work interspersed with examples of Steven’s storytelling.
Available in a short introductory format, or a longer form that allows time to further explore sources and begin developing individual stories. Recommended for teachers and other adults in community, senior and parent groups.
Performing the Image:
Balancing Text, Voice, Gesture and Movement
A deeper dive into the building blocks of our performance and writing for more experienced performers and writers. Discover how to distill the elements of a character, action or environment to its essentials. Identify the simple performance tools that grow out of the interaction between text, voice, gesture and movement. Explore how the interplay of simple elements creates complex characters or a nuanced environment. An accessible approach to open, inviting images modeled on traditional tales, but applicable to personal, family and original fiction. Create a world in an image.
Recommended for writing, speech and drama students from middle school through university, as well as teachers, librarians, more advanced performers and others who use storytelling in their work.
Urban Legends: Truth and Lies from a Friend of a Friend
Everyone knows and tells these informal stories about the real ingredients in that hamburger or the poodle in the microwave. None of them happened to us, but we heard about it from a friend, who heard about it from a friend. They’re funny and scary and gross, and are probably modern legends.
We hear them at reunions, hanging out with friends, and over the Internet. They reflect legitimate anxieties, offer practical lessons, but also traffic in rumor and stereotype.
A thoughtful, fun and participatory session of performance and discussion that helps to spot these stories, as well as ask why we tell them and what we are saying about each other, while Steven invites audiences to share the versions that they have heard.
Recommended for middle, high and university students as well as adults.