1) WHAT TO DO YOU MEAN WITH “STORYTELLING”?
Every participant (schools, individuals) will have 5 minutes time to tell his own definition / vision about the word “storytelling” – a word that has been subject to a consistent change of meaning from the original English one. It’s a call for who want to deliver his own definition of this concept: it will be a personal one, critical, negative, positive – and so on.
At the end of their speech, the participants will summarize each definition in a sentence. We will put the sentences on a tableau (like in the football world championship), and the audience will vote the definition one “against” the other. The most voted sentence will go to the next level, fighting with another winning sentence coming from the opposite part of the tableau, until the “final challenge” for both definitions. So at the end we will have the most voted definition of storytelling voted by the majority of the EACWP Conference participants. It will be “our” definition of the storytelling concept.
The participation will be open to all the participants.
2) CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS
There will be six different workshops running in parallel.
Three workshops will run in the morning (9:30 – 11:00) and three in the afternoon (14:45 – 16:15) from the 23rd to the 25th September, for a total of 4 hours and 30 minutes for each workshop.
Three workshops will be held by Holden teachers, three workshops by EACWP organizations.
The Story Regions workshop (24th September) will show the final results of a European project based on storytelling methodologies. For more information please visit the website of the project.
3) CONFERENCES: SHORT TRACK
Duration & Structure: three sessions with three different topics, every session will last two hours. During each session, every participants will have ten minutes for the speech / lecture, plus five minutes of questions from the audience.
a) Back to the Roots;
b) Taste It.
– Back to the Roots
In these years of multiple writing choices, of social networks and new ways of telling and writing stories, we need to stop for a moment and think about our roots, mainly the way we create stories – the stories roots. Let’s take a moment and focus on them. Where do we come from, where do our stories come from, what are the techniques we still use and how did they change in these years of digital devices and fast world changings? What are the roots of teaching creative writing? What has changed from the past? What are the roots that are still there and represent the core of teaching writing?
– Taste It
Imagine to have just 10 minutes to present the idea of a new monographic course. Maybe something that you want to develop in a 6 – 7 lesson course, maybe more: you just have the main idea, and you want to share with others how to develop this course. You will have to present your idea during this session, explaining why it is interesting for you, what is the core of the idea you want to discuss, what could be the possible outcomes.
At the end of the session, people will be able to sign in order to attend a one hour class lesson in the afternoon – a sort of “first” pilot lesson of your course – and then you can imagine with the participants what could be the natural development of this course. It’s a way to “test” your idea of course, and to imagine with the audience what could be the continuation of your course (the second lesson, the third lesson, etc).
4) OPEN MIC
The classical conference: one session of open lectures and speeches outside of the Short Track topics. Each lecture can last 25 minutes plus 5 minutes of questions.
5) EUROPE, THE SEQUEL
How could it happen that, in over half a century, we didn’t manage to build up great tales that could resonate throughout the continent? Why weren’t we able to uphold the narrative power of the ideals Europe was founded upon? Why can’t we find a story that the European people can identify with?
In other words, is it possible to imagine a plot twist? A sudden turning point that can change things and help Europe out of the dead end in its story?
This is an invitation – but also a defiance, a challenge – to answer this question. We would love it if you could give a contribution with a story of your own, that you can deliver by filming a video, by writing a tale, by giving an interview or in any other way that comes to your mind and that you are comfortable with.