2003 StoryCon Schedule
Sept. 26-29, Palm Springs, CA
Check out this year's 2003
Conference Overview, followed by
Meeting Plenary Lectures
- Post Conference Courses
|Thurs. Sept 25
||Fri. Sept 26
||Sat Sept. 27
||Sun. Sept 28
- Sun-Mon 9/28-29
- 8:00AM-12:00 PM
- 1:30-5:30 PM
- 7-10:30 PM
- Meeting Opening:
and Storymaking Seminar
|Introduction to Story Pre-Conference
time schedule to be finalized in next 48 hours.
10:00 AM Rob
Kall opening the meeting, and Tapping the Story Well
10:30 Steve Barnes The
Enneagram of Story structure (a diagram of non-linear process)
11:00 James Bonnet Unlocking the
Power of Story Within You: What is the
source of your creativity? How can you communicate with that source and
incorporate its power into your stories? This talk will describe four
resources and six creative techniques that can help unlock the natural
storyteller which resides within you.
- 11:30 Bailey S. Barash
a New Model of Story:
The Early Days – How we nailed the stories and missed some along the
1:15 Dan Decker Creating
the Gap. Storytelling in
the second century of the art form can take new dimensions. This presents
us with an opportunity.
a Special World" The
hero must leave the ordinary world and enter a special world in order to
discover and explore who they are and their role in the world around them.
How can we use the learning space to engage people and inspire learning
will talk about rite of passage, and creating meaningful experiences that
call on young people to leave their ordinary world to explore the concept
of Who Am I? and their roles in the world.
2:15 Robin and Steve Larsen
The Depth Dimensions of the Hero's Journey
2:45 Steve and Robin Larsen Comparing
the Shaman's Journey and the Hero's Journey
3:30 Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D. Narrative
therapy: Storytelling and the third wave of psychology. In this
introductory talk, I will define narrative psychology and narrative
therapy for those who know about stories but are not familiar with their
use in psychology and in formal psychotherapy. Narrative psychology
is grounded in post-modern philosophy and represents a transition in
psychology from cognitive questions (How can I interpret this world of
which I am a part? And what am I in it?) to post-cognitive questions
(Which world is this? What is to be done in it? Which of my
selves is to do it?). Narrative psychology studies discourses, which
is what humans do in their everyday lives that involves speaking.
Speaking is not limited to language, but is about the world. Some of
the objects we talk about in the world are created by how we talk about
them. Speaking also acts to create the speaker as a subject.
Finally, speaking is coherent -- it makes sense. Narrative
psychology holds that we create discourses to help us make sense of the
world. These stories explain the world. Some of these stories
lead to results that are self-destructive, which then becomes the provence
of psychology to re-author these stories in ways that are life affirming.
4:00 Craig Webb Universal
Dream Themes as Key Story Elements
4:30 David Vanadia Story
People have devoted their
lives to Story, yet most wouldn’t know a story if they held one in their
hands. In this talk we’ll look at some of the possible answers to the
question, “What is Story?”
Gilad (evening) Re-Writing
Our Yearly Story
Pagano Stories that want and need to be Told.
It; Story Improvisation
8:20 Bruce Holland Rogers
The Cost and Value of Stories. I am a full-time writer
specializing in what is probably the least financially rewarding form of
narrative: short stories. This brief talk is a story about
story-making and the value of financial fantasy to an artist.
8:50 Glorianna Davenport The
twenty-first century: cinematic arts at a crossroad "All
things are in process; nothing stays the same" Throughout the
ages, storytelling has been a principal mode of human communication. While
the narrative act is shaped by sensory observation, cognitive
interpretation, and the desire to share our experience with others,
narrative expression becomes public and shared through technological
innovation and appropriation. Almost by definition, new expressive
technologies require a gestation period in order to gain the momentum
required if they are going to become culturally dominant. This period is
characterized by experimentation, debate and the exploration of economic
opportunity. The struggle between expression and innovation, between old
forms and new forms, between what has been and what will be, can be viewed
as a harbinger of cultural transformation. In this talk, I present a
perspective on emerging cinematic arts and practice as it appears at the
crossroads of technological innovation.
- Plenary Sessions
- This schedule is about 88% complete. We expect some
revisions. Our conferences always get last minute speaker additions,
some, real surprises, so sessions might start earlier and lecture
time slots may be a little bit shorter.
AM Plenary Session 7:30 AM-12:30 PM
7:30 Rob Kall Opening the meeting, the community
(roll will be taken <G>)
7:50 Steve and Robin Larsen
Joseph Campbell's Muse: The Anima that Inspired Him
8:30 David SonnenSchein Improvisational
filmmaking. Case study: Tantric Twist
9:30 Merrie Lynn Ross LIVING THE STORY with What puts the
life into the story, the emotional breathe, the passion, the universality?
How can we de-privatize the writing process? When facing the blank
page, apparently alone- tune- in, invent collaborators to expand
storytelling. Playfully orchestrated, we explore the art of ‘social
10:00 Bruce Holland Rogers "Compressed and
Constrained: Limitation as a Tool for Making Stories" I'll
talk about writing to self-imposed constraints of length and subject and
how these actually free up invention. As examples, I'll talk about
writing for theme anthologies and writing fixed-form narratives called
10:40 Craig Webb Awaken the
Creative Dreamer: Harvest Dreams for Storybuilding
the Sources of story: Unconscious, dreams,
Afternoon optional workshops
Evening Plenary Session
7:30 Abby Gilad Walking
through words; Opening up prayer through story telling
Journey Curriculum: expeditionary learning
8:30 Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D. Integrating
Narrative Psychology and Quantum Physics: Which stories are real,
which matter, which inform and create reality.
S. Barash The
REAL reality TV – personal story as a social marketing tool
-Applications of Story in
health, psychology, business, education, politics, law
AM Plenary Session
8:00 Steve Barnes
Storytelling as hypnotic induction
9:00 Glorianna Davenport Sensible Cinema
9:40 James Bonnet Beyond
Theme: Understanding Story’s New Unified Field
Panel-The Future of Story: new
models, media, formats
11:10 David Vanadia Crossing
examining story-based organizations, ad campaigns, the art of
mystery, and storytelling
devices in cultic recruitment practices, this talk will attempt to
demystify story’s role in paradigm manipulation.
11:50 Dan Decker Storytelling by Omission. Deletion,
misdirection, and assumption become the filmmakers' stock in the story
on the Art and Science of Story-
-Story Structure; elements, dimensions, dynamics, building blocks.”
Panel Chair David Vanadia Answers
will be timed and it will
be very fast paced.
AM Plenary Session
8:45Whitney Quesenbery How storytelling brings
real people into the world of software design
9:05 Steve Denning Squirrel
Inc.: A Fable In Leadership And Storytelling"
Drawing from his forthcoming book of the same name to be published by
Jossey-Bass in June 2004, Steve Denning will show how a fable is used to
illustrate and teach the seven highest value forms of organizational
9:50 Cathy Pagano Beyond Apocalypse:
Freeing the Imagination from ancient visions of The End Times Our
collective psyche is geared for death and destruction in these ‘End
Times’ by the stories and myths of many cultures. Are we fated to live
out these stories or have we grown enough in consciousness to change the
10:50 Rob Kall Therapy
and personal growth as story and hero's Journey
10 Panel -The
Power of Story to catalyze change;
in individual, organizations, cultures, politics...
11:50 Closing Circle
between 12:30 and 12:45 closing of plenary session
1:00 Start of James Bonnet's Post Conference 2 day
2:00-6:00 afternoon workshops
| Afternoon Workshop
- 2:00 Cathy Pagano Creating Conscious Female Characters
- 2:00 Steve Denning Corporate Storytelling
- 2:00 Bruce Holland Rogers hands-on
invention workshop, "The Flash-Fiction Crock Pot."
- 4:00 Glorianna Davenport Co-constructing
Multiple Point-of-View Narratives
2:00 Steve Barnes Lifewriting
2:00 David Vanadia Using
the Power of Storytelling (to
your best advantage)
4:00Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D.
the Darkside: The Anti-Hero’s Journey
S. Barash Life review
- how it can increase your self awareness and your ability to
connect with the subjects of your work.
2:00 Dan Decker Creating the Gap: Exploiting Cinematic
- 4:00 Ben Callaghan "Dramaturgy
and The Teacher" The
archetype of the teacher - the creator of life stories.
Explore the various ways to achieve "Gap."
4:00 Steve and Robin Larsen The Deep Mythological Roots of
|Steve Barnes Lifewriting Connecting
the Inner and the Outer Life of the Writer
- To write well, we must resolve
the apparent conflict between plot and characterization, and see how
each is a different version of the same thing, like two sides of a
coin. Once this is understood, we can use our grasp of plot both to
structure books or scripts, and design our lives. We can use our grasp
of psychology to sculpt unforgettable characters, and simultaneously
promote our growth and healing as human beings and artists.
Lifewriting is an advanced tool for writers genuinely committed to
both personal and professional advancement, a warrior path for the
- Bailey S. Barash
Life review - how it can
increase your self awareness and your ability to connect with the
subjects of your work.
come to live by two simple rules:
a journalist, a hospice volunteer and a naturally shy person, I’ve
found listening is easier than talking. But sometimes the hardest voice to hear is our own still,
small voice of instinct and awareness.
you are an executive, writer, social worker or scientist, remaining
open to unexpected ideas and personal revelations, your own or someone
else’s, is a skill that can be easily lost in everyday activities.
we will take part in exercises that will increase our awareness of
what is meaningful in our lives and how those concepts have shaped our
attitudes and actions and our approach to our work and the people we
one will be obligated to share their feelings unless they want to, but
each person will come away with a better understanding of what is
really important to you at this moment in your life and how you can
encourage others towards similar reflection.
James Bonnet Into
the Darkside: The Anti-Hero’s Journey
do Macbeth, Hannibal Lecter, Sauron, T-Rex and Hitler have in common? And
what are the forces that lure heroes like King David, Michael Corleone and
Darth Vadar into the darkside? In this workshop, we will explore the
nature of evil, the great characters it can inspire, and the lesser known,
uncharted downside of the passage. Once you understand these new patterns
and cycles, you will not only be able to create better villains, you will
understand why the struggle between good and evil is the dominant pattern
in great stories and why it is playing such a significant role in our
and The Teacher"
archetype of the teacher - the creator of life stories. We
will explore the roles of teachers in our lives. This will be reflective
and interactive. We will also explore how to create hooks and use
story in teaching.
- Co-constructing Multiple Point-of-View Narratives
- In this workshop, we will co-construct a sketch for a multiple
|Dan Decker Creating the Gap: Exploiting Cinematic
Explore the various way to achieve "Gap."
|Steve and Robin Larsen The Deep
Mythological Roots of Creativity.
|Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D.
The art of narrative therapy is to tease out the patient's story in a way
that it is recognized as story and to collaborate with the patient to
re-author this story. The re-authoring changes the negative
consequences of the story as lived. The leader will use examples
from two different areas of his current work to illustrate the destructive
power of stories and the healing power. We will hear stories from
cancer patients that are compatible with cancer disease progression and
how these stories change when the person finds healing. These are
the transformative stories of people who find medical miracles. We
will hear some stories from anorexic patients that enable them to
"disappear," and how these stories change as they
reappear. We will learn how culture and family informs and channels
the ways stories emerge. We will practice the art of creating
healing stories for situations and people with whom participants are
- Cathy Pagano
- Workshop: Creating Conscious Female Characters
- Hollywood is full of great actresses. So where are all the great
scripts for them? The success of The Hours shows that we are ready
for stories about the power and strength of women. But the old
models of the Feminine are no longer valid. How do we create vital,
conscious female characters that are relevant for women and men
today? Understanding the archetype of the new Feminine Spirit that
is emerging in the psyches of modern women is a good place to begin.
- Using the German fairy tale Allerleirauh and Jungian theory of the
Feminine, we will explore what drives the New Feminine to her truth.
- We’ll be using three movies in our discussion.
- Out of Africa
- Dangerous Beauty
- Dirty Dancing
|Bruce Holland Rogers
hands-on invention workshop, "The Flash-Fiction Crock
Pot." Participants will collaborate to invent a large number of
complete short narratives around a single theme, a theme to be determined
by the group. The crock pot metaphor refers to the stages of
collecting, evaluating, and preparing ingredients. In
collaboration, we'll gather the raw material for stories related to our
theme, identify and discover potential stories in that material using
several different strategies, and then begin the process of writing
stories to set word counts. If enough participants are willing to
follow through, this workshop will complete a collaborative symmetrina.
Indeed, my plan is to establish ground rules that will ensure that the
workshop results in a symmetrina even if everyone who participates does
not ultimately follow through.
|David Vanadia Using
the Power of Storytelling (to
your best advantage)
will explore ways in which real life situations can be used to express
value in stories. Through a guided collaboration, solutions will be
provided and results can be returned via an online connection so that
participants can follow up with one other after the workshop is over.