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March 2015
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  Workshop "Constructing Effective Stories for Telling"
  ISI Open Mic
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  Storytelling in the Snug with SHEILA ARNOLD JONES
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  Writing Stories in the Gallery with Margaret Burk
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  Warm Stories on a Cold Winters Night
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  Girl Power; Folk Tales with Anne Shimojima
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  Writing Stories in the Gallery with Margaret Burk
  Girl Power; Folk Tales with Anne Shimojima
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  Stage Left's Spoken Word Cafe
  Nature Center Maple Syrup Festival
  Japanese Folk Tales
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  Japanese Folk Tales
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  Writing Stories in the Gallery with Margaret Burk
  An Afternoon of Storytelling for Adults with Anne Shimojima
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  Spirited Girls & Wonderful Women! (at Chicago Northtown Branch)
  Spirited Girls & Wonderful Women! (at Chicago Lawn Branch)
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  Beth Horner & Kelly Bosworth at Celtic Knot
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Mar 7th, 2015 (Sat)
  Workshop "Constructing Effective Stories for Telling"

Janice Del Negro, award winning author, storyteller and educator, will discuss effective story structure and word-craft. Group and individual exercises will focus on structuring stories , the creation of potent visual language, and effective characterizations. Participants will leave having successfully completed concrete tasks related to their own working stories, as well as having acquired tools for future story-crafting. For all tellers (beginners welcome). Pre-registration with payment is required. Seats limited. Register at http://goo.gl/OsZBR7. Workshop is sponsored by Illinois Storytelling.

2:00 to 5:00 PM
Admission  $45

Dominican University, Butler Literature Center, Crown Library, Room 214, 7900 W. Division, River Forest, IL 60305

708-465-6305
margaretburk@hotmail.com
www.storytelling.org

Mar 7th, 2015 (Sat)
  ISI Open Mic

Enthusiastic tellers and eager listeners: Join Illinois Storytelling, Inc and Dominican University for OPEN MIC NIGHT. Share that story you love to tell. Debut a story you've been working on to see if it’s ready for prime time. Try out a story in progress to see how it’s working. Or just plan to come and listen. Open Mic Nights are casual and fun with both seasoned and new tellers bringing a variety of extraordinary tales from personal to traditional to historical. Please limit stories – or portions of stories – to eight minutes.

Also April 4, May 2, June 13 - 2015

Doors open 7:30 PM. Mic turned on at 8:00 PM.
Admission free – We’ll pass the hat to support this and other ISI events.

Lewis Lounge in Lewis Hall at Dominican University
7900 West Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305

Park in the parking pavilion at the north end of campus. Take elevator to ground floor. Enter back door of Lewis Hall directly across from east exit. Lewis Lounge is the first room on the right, first floor.

jdelnegro@dom.edu or margaretburk@hotmail.com
www.storytelling.org

Mar 9th, 2015 (Mon)
  Storytelling in the Snug with SHEILA ARNOLD JONES

“Sheila has performed in a myriad of ways since she was eight years old, including the role of a “Little Ray of Sunshine,” a slapstick comedy which was performed on several Army bases in Germany. She has been writing – poems, plays, fiction and songs – since she was in 7th grade, where she was encouraged by her English class to read several of her stories for her classmates. Sheila has written and directed many plays… Sheila has been doing character portrayals since 1998 where she took on the role of Ol’ Bess, an 18th-century tavern slave.”
~www.mssheila.org

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

8 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

Mar 12th, 2015 (Thu)
  Writing Stories in the Gallery with Margaret Burk

Let a work of art spark your memory, your imagination – your story! For the writer or would be-writer seeking inspiration. Surround yourself with works of art and invite a painting, a sculpture, a splash of color to lead you. We’ll explore story writing techniques such as form, setting, character, sensual imagery and tension. You may complete one story or more. Delight in the synergy of artistic cross–pollination!

Storyteller/writer Margaret Burk weaves life experiences into personal stories that crackle with warmth and wit. She has performed at storytelling Festivals and Conferences including the Chicago Celtic Festival at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Margaret is the co-author of a recently published book – “Children’s Daily Prayer” – reflections on scripture for children. She has a B.A. in Theatre and M.A. in Communication with additional study in theology and spirituality. She lives with her husband Don in Oak Park. Margaret is President of Illinois Storytelling, Inc.

Thursdays 7:00 – 9:00pm
Admission Member: $100 - NonM: $140

Oak Park Art League, 720 Chicago, Oak Park, IL
708-465-6305
margaretburk@hotmail.com
http://www.oakparkartleague.org

Mar 13th, 2015 (Fri)
  Warm Stories on a Cold Winters Night

Join Resident Storyteller Mark Kater around the fire place as he continues his Warm Stories on a Cold Winters Night series for the 15th year: This family program is free and will be held 7- 8 pm on Friday's - Feb 13 - Faerie Tales: Feb 27 - Mark’s Favorite Folktales: March 13 - Seasonal stories - Changing Times.

All programs will include folktales from various around the world cultures. Music, humor and audience participation will ensue.

Parking is free. Call for reservations.

7-8 PM
Admission Free

North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski, Chicago, IL
312-744-1134
storyman.mark@gmail.com

Mar 14th, 2015 (Sat)
  Girl Power; Folk Tales with Anne Shimojima

Meet heroines from the world's oral traditions who prove that brains and courage win the day. Anne Shimojima tells stories of girls who are smart, brave, and bold.

3:00 p.m.
Admission Free

Chicago Public Library
Lincoln Belmont Branch
1659 W. Melrose Street
Chicago IL 60657

(312) 744-0166
lincolnbelmont@chipublib.org
http://www.chipublib.org/locations/68/

Mar 19th, 2015 (Thu)
  Writing Stories in the Gallery with Margaret Burk

Let a work of art spark your memory, your imagination – your story! For the writer or would be-writer seeking inspiration. Surround yourself with works of art and invite a painting, a sculpture, a splash of color to lead you. We’ll explore story writing techniques such as form, setting, character, sensual imagery and tension. You may complete one story or more. Delight in the synergy of artistic cross–pollination!

Storyteller/writer Margaret Burk weaves life experiences into personal stories that crackle with warmth and wit. She has performed at storytelling Festivals and Conferences including the Chicago Celtic Festival at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Margaret is the co-author of a recently published book – “Children’s Daily Prayer” – reflections on scripture for children. She has a B.A. in Theatre and M.A. in Communication with additional study in theology and spirituality. She lives with her husband Don in Oak Park. Margaret is President of Illinois Storytelling, Inc.

Thursdays 7:00 – 9:00pm
Admission Member: $100 - NonM: $140

Oak Park Art League, 720 Chicago, Oak Park, IL
708-465-6305
margaretburk@hotmail.com
http://www.oakparkartleague.org

Mar 19th, 2015 (Thu)
  Girl Power; Folk Tales with Anne Shimojima

Meet heroines from the world's oral traditions who prove that brains and courage win the day. Anne Shimojima tells stories of girls who are smart, brave, and bold.

6:30 p.m.
Admission  Free

Chicago Public Library
South Shore Branch
2505 E. 73rd Street
Chicago, IL 60649

312-747-5281
southshore@chipublib.org
http://www.chipublib.org/locations/74/

Mar 21st, 2015 (Sat)
  Stage Left's Spoken Word Cafe

Open mic/story and poetry slam. Host: Jim May

Bring a story or poem to read or recite. Open Mic. Just sign up when you arrive at the door.
Material can be original, traditional, or literary. 5min limit. Adults

7:00pm--9:00pm
Admission  none, donations appreciated

Stage Left of the Woodstock Opera House on Woodstock's Square
225 Cass St. 125 West Van Buren, Woodstock, Il

815-382-5264
Jim May at maystory@earthling.net
www.woodstockoperahouse.com; jimmaystoryteller.com

Mar 21st, 2015 (Sat)
  Nature Center Maple Syrup Festival

Time Flies! Spring has arrived! Come celebrate at the North Park Village Nature Center with music, food, crafts and, of course, Mark Kater's stories. Mark has been telling stories at the Nature Center for around 20 years. His program this year will include new and old tales of joy, love and excitement. Warm weather means Mark will be outside. Stories begin around 10:30 am Saturday and 11 am on Sunday. Cold weather puts Mark in the center sharing time with the Band. Check that day for storytelling times.

Let's hope for warm weather. Mark has been known to begin telling in the morning and not stopping until 2:30 in the afternoon without repeating a story.

Free event and free parking at this 46 acre gem in the city. Come join the fun.

Sat 10:30 am - 2:30 PM. Sunday 11 AM - 2:30 PM.
Admission Free

North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N Pulaski, Chicago, IL
312-744-1134
storyman.mark@gmail.com

Mar 21st, 2015 (Sat)
  Japanese Folk Tales

Anne Shimojima tells Japanese folk tales at the Malott Japanese Garden Spring Weekend.

1:00 p.m.
Admission to Garden: Free/Parking fee: $25 per car

1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
847-835-5440
http://www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/malott_japanese_garden_spring_weekend

Mar 22nd, 2015 (Sun)
  Japanese Folk Tales

Anne Shimojima tells Japanese folk tales at the Malott Japanese Garden Spring Weekend.

1:00 p.m.
Admission to Garden: Free/ Parking Fee: $25 per car

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
847-835-5440
http://www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/malott_japanese_garden_spring_weekend

Mar 26th, 2015 (Thu)
  Writing Stories in the Gallery with Margaret Burk

Let a work of art spark your memory, your imagination – your story! For the writer or would be-writer seeking inspiration. Surround yourself with works of art and invite a painting, a sculpture, a splash of color to lead you. We’ll explore story writing techniques such as form, setting, character, sensual imagery and tension. You may complete one story or more. Delight in the synergy of artistic cross–pollination!

Storyteller/writer Margaret Burk weaves life experiences into personal stories that crackle with warmth and wit. She has performed at storytelling Festivals and Conferences including the Chicago Celtic Festival at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Margaret is the co-author of a recently published book – “Children’s Daily Prayer” – reflections on scripture for children. She has a B.A. in Theatre and M.A. in Communication with additional study in theology and spirituality. She lives with her husband Don in Oak Park. Margaret is President of Illinois Storytelling, Inc.

Thursdays 7:00 – 9:00pm
Admission Member: $100 - NonM: $140

Oak Park Art League, 720 Chicago, Oak Park, IL
708-465-6305
margaretburk@hotmail.com
http://www.oakparkartleague.org

Mar 26th, 2015 (Thu)
  An Afternoon of Storytelling for Adults with Anne Shimojima

The Chicago Public Library's Talking Book Center celebrates Women's History Month with an afternoon of storytelling, featuring Anne Shimojima.

1:00 p.m.
Admission Free

Harold Washington Library Center
Chicago Authors Room, 7th floor
400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605

(312) 747-4300
tbc@chipublib.org
https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/

Mar 28th, 2015 (Sat)
  Spirited Girls & Wonderful Women! (at Chicago Northtown Branch)

Through story, song, interaction and fun, nationally renowned Storyteller Beth Horner will regale children aged 5 and up with folktales and myths of grand adventurers and everyday heroines from across the world. 45 minutes.

10:00 a.m.
Free of Charge

Northtown Branch
Chicago Public Library
6435 N California
Chicago, IL

312-744-2292
fruehlar@chipublib.org
old.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/northtown/p

Mar 28th, 2015 (Sat)
  Spirited Girls & Wonderful Women! (at Chicago Lawn Branch)

Through story, song, interaction and fun, nationally renowned Storyteller Beth Horner will regale children aged 5 and up with folktales and myths of grand adventurers and everyday heroines from across the world. 45 minutes.

1:00 p.m.
Free of Charge

Chicago Lawn Branch
Chicago Public Library
6120 S. Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL

312-744-2292
fruehlar@chipublib.org
old.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/northtown/p

Mar 29th, 2015 (Sun)
  Beth Horner & Kelly Bosworth at Celtic Knot


An evening of joy and reflection with Singer-Songwriter Kelly Bosworth of Portland, Oregon and her special guest, nationally renowned Storyteller Beth Horner.
For more information on these remarkable performers, see www.KellyBosworth.com and www.BethHorner.com.

Come early and have a delicious meal with friends in the dining room before the show and then retire with your drinks to the Snug for the performance! Free parking across the street just east of the Library.

Reservations for dinner and storytelling OR for storytelling on it's own are recommended. 847-864-1679.

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
No Cover Charge/Pass the Hat

Celtic Knot Public House
626 Church Street Evanston, IL

847-864-1679 or 847-420-8476
BethHorner@earthlink.net
www.celticknotpub.com