The New Hampshire Literacy Institutes:Narrative Workshop
The Power of Narrative Workshop
July 16-18 (3 days, non-credit)
The story – from Rumpelstiltskin to War and Peace – is one of the basic tools invented by the human mind for the purpose of understanding. There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories. (Ursula Le Guin)
Let’s face it. We are often embarrassed by our affection for narratives. We imagine we should be more logical or rational–yet we are drawn to the emotional and explanatory power of story. Too often we treat narrative writing as an early (and easy) form that gives way to the more serious forms of academic writing in later grades.
Well, there is good news. Cognitive research has shown what we all expected–that we are wired to understand ourselves and our world through narrative. In this session three leading educators will explore with the power of narrative in all subject areas, and all genres, including academic writing. We will show how students can be taught to tap this powerful mode of understanding to build coherence and reader interest. We have “minds made for stories”–and we need to learn how to use them.
Tom Newkirk, Penny Kittle, and Kelly Gallagher (see Keynote Speakers for individual bio)
For more information, click on Payment, Permission and Campus Info
Department of English | phone (603) 862-1313 | fax (603) 862-3563
Hamilton Smith Hall | 95 Main Street | Durham, NH 03824