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2003 StoryCon Schedule


Sept. 26-29, Palm Springs, CA


Check out this year's 2003 Speakers

Conference Overview, followed by detailed schedules

Pre- Conference Course Main 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:
James Bonnet's
The Quintessential Screenwriting
and Storymaking Seminar
Introduction to Story Pre-Conference Course

time schedule to be finalized in next 48 hours.

Registration 9-10:00

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 Birthing a New Model of Story:  CNN: The Early Days – How we nailed the stories and missed some along the way.

12:00 Lunch

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.

1:45 Ben Callaghan "Creating 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 journeys? I 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

3:15 break

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 Cycles  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?”

5:00 Dinner

Thursday Evening

7:00 Abby Gilad (evening) Re-Writing Our Yearly Story

7:20 Cathy Pagano Stories that want and need to be Told.

7:50 David Sonnenschein Winging 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.

Friday AM Plenary Session 7:30 AM-12:30 PM

7:00 Registration

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

9:10 break

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 writers’. 

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 symmetrinas

10:30 Break

10:40 Craig Webb Awaken the Creative Dreamer: Harvest Dreams for Storybuilding

11:30 Panel -tapping the Sources of story: Unconscious, dreams, etc. 

12:30 Lunch Break

2:00-6:00 Afternoon optional workshops

Friday Evening Plenary Session

7:30 Abby Gilad Walking through words; Opening up prayer through story telling

7:50 Ben Callaghan Hero's 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.

9:10 Bailey S. Barash The REAL reality TV – personal story as a social marketing tool

9:40  Panel -Applications of Story in health, psychology, business, education, politics, law

Saturday AM Plenary Session


8:00 Steve Barnes    Storytelling as hypnotic induction

8:50 Break

9:00 Glorianna Davenport Sensible Cinema

9:40 James Bonnet Beyond Theme: Understanding Story’s New Unified Field

10:20 Panel-The Future of Story: new models, media, formats

11:00 Break

11:10 David Vanadia  Crossing to Unconsciousness By 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 trade.

12:30 “Questions 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.

1:10 Lunch

2:30- 6:30 Afternoon workshops

Sunday 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 storytelling.

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 story?

10:40 Break

10:50 Rob Kall Therapy and personal growth as story and hero's Journey

11: 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 workshop.

2:00-6:00 afternoon workshops


 Afternoon Workshop schedule
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
4:00 Ben Callaghan  "Dramaturgy and The Teacher" The archetype of the teacher - the creator of life stories.
2:00 Steve Barnes  Lifewriting
2:00 David Vanadia  Using the Power of Storytelling (to your best advantage)
4:00Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D.  Therapeutic narratives
4:00 James Bonnet   Into the Darkside: The Anti-Hero’s Journey
4:00 Bailey 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 Narrative
Explore the various ways to achieve "Gap."
4:00 Steve and Robin Larsen The Deep Mythological Roots of Creativity.
Workshop Descriptions
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 word-wizard.
Bailey S. Barash  Life review  - how it can increase your self awareness and your ability to connect with the subjects of your work. 
I’ve come to live by two simple rules:
Trust your instincts
Never assume anything
As 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.
Whether 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.
Together 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 encounter. 
No 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

 What 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 lives.

Ben Callaghan
 "Dramaturgy and The Teacher"
The 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.
Glorianna Davenport
Co-constructing Multiple Point-of-View Narratives
In this workshop, we will co-construct a sketch for a multiple point-of-view narrative
Dan Decker Creating the Gap: Exploiting Cinematic Narrative
Explore the various way to achieve "Gap."
Steve and Robin Larsen The Deep Mythological Roots of Creativity.
Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D.  Therapeutic narratives
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 familiar.
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)


Participants 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.

Craig Webb