Storytelling Workshop by Nationally Acclaimed Storyteller Beth Horner For Jan. 20 at UNK

Julie Agard
assistant professor, Department of Teacher Education, 308.865.8556

UNK– Nationally acclaimed storyteller Beth Horner will present a workshop at the University of Nebraska at Kearney on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will explore techniques for approaching, learning and telling a story. The workshop will take place from 9-11 a.m. in Ockinga Seminar Center. Presentations include telling folktales, personal and family stories, and tales of historic events.

A faculty member at Dominican University in Chicago, Horner has conducted workshops nationwide for school-aged children, college and university students, and NASA engineers for 26 years. Her lively, traditional storytelling style often incorporates music, creating a unique performance. She recently received the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Oracle Award.

Her stories include a spoof on romance novels, a courageous tale created from her great grandfather’s Civil War diary, her childhood farmyard escapades and eerie folktales in her native Missouri, the Chinese folktale of Li Chi and a young female American soldier fighting in Iraq.

Timpanogos Storytelling Festival vice president of programming Debi Richan said, “Beth Horner is amazing. An accomplished teller herself, she clearly understands how to teach those concepts to others, an entirely different gift…one of the most hands-on, down-to-earth, truly useful workshops I have ever attended!”