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The documentary, “Inside Story,” about Elaine Blanchard’s storytelling work with women inside the Shelby County Jail has won a regional Emmy Award. The film was created by Craig Leake and a talented group of film students at the University of Memphis. If you would like to see the documentary, contact Elaine to schedule a showing and a workshop for your church, school, civic organization or conference.

Upcoming Events:
Maggie Scott's Head Got Stuck
Elaine’s new book, Maggie Scott’s Head Got Stuck, is Illustrated by Robby McElhaney. The picture book is based on a true story about a little girl who knew how to do everything right. Purchase it here.

November 1: Elaine will preach at Buntyn Presbyterian Church, 561 Prescott St 38111. Worship service is at 11:00.

“The Profound Plan”: Elaine is facilitating a storytelling project with the clients at Planned Parenthood of Memphis. After listening to the stories over three months, Elaine will write a script based on the stories she has heard.  The performance of “The Profound Plan,” will be staged on Saturday evening, November 7 at 8:00. The talented Kell Christie will direct an amazing cast: Leslie Reddick, Claire Kolheim, Jaclyn Suffel, Miranda Fisher, Ashley Brown and Leah Nichols. Steve Lockwood will accompany the performance with his guitar music. Performance location is at Freedom’s Chapel Christian Church, 961 Getwell Road, 38111. Just south of the intersection of Park Avenue and Getwell Rd. Suggested donation of $10.00 to help support more of Elaine’s storytelling work in the community.

November 11: Elaine will sign and read her book, Maggie Scott’s Head Got Stuck, at Burkes Books on Cooper Street, 5:30-6:30pm. Reading will be at 6:00.

November 25, 3:00, Storytelling at Trezevant Allen Morgan Nursing Home. A Creative Aging Event.

Elaine will meet with a group of transgender and nonbinary people for 8 weeks, listening to each other and building a circle of trust. The group will meet 6:00-8:00pm on January 13, January 19, January 26,February 2, February 9, February 16, February 23 and March 1. Elaine will write a script based on the stories shared in those meetings and a cast of professional performers will stage “Tran-Send” at TheatreSouth (1000 South Cooper, 38104) on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13. Shelby Fuller Elwood, a Memphis film-maker, will create a documentary of the group’s process and the performance. Participants in this project need to register with Elaine by sending an email to Elaine@ElaineBlanchard.Com

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