Stories Worth Telling (Adult Workshop)
Master storyteller and award-winning recording artist, Jim Weiss presents a seminar on the benefit and delight of all-in-the-family storytelling. This workshop will demonstrate how the written word can interface with the spoken word. Emphasis will be placed on how storytelling interweaves into all areas of the curriculum and interfaces with reading and writing, and just pure fun. Jim's focus is on classical literature, and he will use his own unique talents to illustrate key points as he interacts with participants. Stories used in this workshop maybe selected from the family/adult/child storytelling selections below. Requests for stories pertaining to particular conference themes are always welcome. One very popular theme is Greek Mythology.
The Heart of Education: Teaching Character and Facts Through Stories™
A truly first rate education entails more than retaining facts; the truly educated citizen knows how to apply those facts in order to lead a meaningful, fulfilling life. So how do we pass down our indispensable facts and our essential ethical lessons? The answer: every society transmits its heart-deep beliefs through its stories.In this presentation, Jim Weiss, award-winning storyteller and bestselling recording artist, shows how you can choose, and bring to life, stories that teach facts across all subjects of the curriculum while offering character-building, life-affirming lessons to your child. Join Jim to experience why past attendees have described this presentation as “… entertaining and life altering” and “… the most meaningful presentation ever.”
Teaching History with G.A. Henty and Other Great Works
Master Storyteller and Recording Artist, Jim Weiss brings the works of the prolific G.A.Henty to life as he demonstrates how to best utilize the remarkable canon of Henty's historical classics in teaching history and language arts. Having recorded several of the Henty novels, Jim will share storytelling and critical thinking techniques that parents can immediately employ in making the Henty books a beloved family experience. In addition to Henty, Jim will reference several other authors and historical/literary pieces.
Storytelling and Character Building
In this workshop, Jim will tell stories that exemplify virtues such as perseverance, charity, collaboration, piety, honor, and more. Jim will reference stores from classical literature and other literary pieces.
The Astounding Story of the Holy Temple (Performance)
There have been two holy temples in Jerusalem, each sitting upon the high Temple Mount. King Solomon built the first, the most beautiful edifice on earth in its day. But Solomon gave it more than just beauty. Jim Weiss will show you how a building could demonstrate Solomon's famous wisdom and kindness. The Second Temple, built a thousand years later, was that to which Jesus came to pray. Built by a murderer, destroyed by a man who did all he could to save it, this Temple sat at the crossroads of the Roman, Jewish and early Christian worlds. Hear the strange story o how it came to be, learn its role for Judaism, hear the dramatic story of its fall at the hands of a future Roman emperor, learn about what remains of it, and understand how its destruction changed Christianity, Judaism and Islam forever. Jim Weiss brings to this presentation all his storytelling skills and his ability to tell a complex story in a way that is clear and emotionally profound. You will envision kings, prophets, wise men-and a certain boy sitting in a courtyard and astounding the wise teachers with his understanding.
Storytelling Up Close and Personal
An exciting and interactive workshop for children and adults from master storyteller, and award-winning recording artist, Jim Weiss. Participants will learn about the art of storytelling and oral language. This workshop will focus on: setting the scene, characterization, voice technique, shaping the story, building confidence and developing ones own style. The tenor is casual and the goal is to have fun with literature. Participants should be prepared to play, laugh and discover how literature can truly come alive in the midst of a storyteller.
America the Beautiful: Giants of America History (storytelling performance)
America has been blessed with numerous heroic, extraordinary men and women who are real-life role models for our children. In this workshop, Jim Weiss presents riveting, time-honored, true stories that provide character, history and life lessons. Jim will show parents ways to make these people come to life in history and language arts lessons as well as how to offer perspective between the times in which they lived and today's world.
Real Life Heroes: Fascinating Stories of Great People (storytelling performance)
Jim contributes sparkle and inspiration to the nonfiction genre. He brings historical figures to life in his stories about the lives and times of history's most interesting people such as: Abraham Lincoln, Archimedes, Queen Elizabeth, Sir Francis Drake and Galileo. This program is guaranteed to lead the audience straight to the nonfiction bookshelves!
Famously Funny: Most Beloved Stories and Poems (storytelling performance)
Jim tells some of the most humorous stories and poems that were ever written in this delightful family program. These classic stories portray a wide array of ethics and values that are ever pertinent to life yesterday, today and tomorrow. Stories will include: The Emperor's New Clothes, Jabberwocky and Anansi amongst others.
The Art and Joy of Storytelling and Reading Aloud to Children - Adult
Who doesn‘t like to be read to? And who better to read to children than the people they love and trust most-their parents. This workshop will teach parents to make the very most of their precious read-aloud time with their children. At the heart of each story he tells, Jim Weiss‘ renowned ability to make even complex subjects comprehensible and memorable to young children is evident. This delightful and immediately useful workshop will help parents to: become even better readers; more clearly define their children‘s listening skills; facilitate the consideration of the freshness, outlook and interpretation of the stories they choose to read; and assist in using one‘s voice as an instrument with rewarding and dramatic results.
The Loving Father: The Why and How of Dads Telling Stories - Adult
In an age in which children receive many competing, confusing messages, stories are among the greatest and longest lasting gifts that a father can give his child. Long before Jim Weiss turned his passion for telling stories into a profession, he told stories to his own child. A generation before that, Jim and his brother listened to stories from their father and grandfather. The results: a lifelong love of reading; an unquenchable thirst to learn; a passionate ability to listen, and a profound sense of passing along the central beliefs of those who came before us in an entertaining, memorable form. In this timely session meant especially for dads, Jim will share his own experiences and demonstrate clear ways to transmit beliefs and credos, and to show our children how much we love them through the stories we share.
King Arthur and Other Classical Leaders - Family (storytelling performance)
Up close and personal with Jim Weiss as he presents stories that feature literary leaders such as King Arthur who exhibits character traits worth emulating. From the Knights of the Round Table to the forests of Aesop to the world of Hercules, master storyteller and award-winning recording artist, Jim Weiss, will spin his classical yarns, discuss his storytelling techniques, and answer questions from the audience.
Myth and Mystery - Family
Sit back (or perhaps on the edge of your seat!) as Master Storyteller Jim Weiss entertains children and adults with some of the greatest myths and mysteries ever told. Literature comes alive as Jim introduces Sherlock Holmes and his famous partner, Dr. Watson, Hercules, and other phenomenal classic heroes.
Storytelling: Up Close and Personal with Jim Weiss and King Arthur - Teen (storytelling performance)
An exciting and interactive workshop for teens from master storyteller and award-winning recording artist, Jim Weiss. King Arthur and his knights represent the epitome of chivalry, graciousness, and ¯doing what's right. Jim will focus on this content as he teaches the art of storytelling and oral language. Participants will learn about setting the scene, characterization, voice technique, shaping the story, building confidence, and developing one‘s own style. The tenor is casual and the goal is to have fun with literature. Everyone should be prepared to play, laugh, and discover how literature can come alive in the midst of a storyteller.
A Saint, A Criminal and a Country Priest - The Writings of GK Chesterton
Storyteller and author, Jim Weiss shares works by one of modern Catholicism's greatest and wittiest authors: G.K. Chesterton. He will bring to life the first of Chesterton's family Father Brown mysteries and tell the story of how it came to be written. He will also share some of Chesterton's profoundly witty reflections on Saint Francis of Assisi, a saint for whom Chesterton had deep affection, admiration and understanding. For adults and older children, this session offers a rollicking introduction to a beloved author's wisdom and humor.
Favorite Stories with Jim Weiss: Storytelling Performance
Gone West! The Early Exploration of America