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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:

Facilitating ongoing weekly groups: Spirituality Group and Sister Stories Group at Friends For Life, a nonprofit service agency for people living with HIV and AIDS

“Listening, Learning and Telling at the Library, “ March 24- May 31: Elaine will be facilitating a storytelling circle at the Benjamin Hooks Public Library where 12-15 library patrons will meet weekly and share their stories. From the stories shared in that circle, Elaine will write a script and professional actors will perform the stories at the library on Sunday afternoon, May 31 at 2:00. The performance on May 31 is free and all are welcome. It is a chance to gather, listen and learn about our neighbors. Listening to each other is a way to increase hope in our community.

“Listening to Others as a Way to Increase Peace,” March 27-28: Elaine will lead a two-day retreat at Quan Am Buddhist Monastery and Temple. 3500 S. Goodlett St. Memphis, TN 38118. The retreat will begin at 6:00 on Friday night with a group meditation.

Teaching "Creativity & Nonviolence" at Memphis College of Art in the Spring/2015

The art students in this class will learn how to use their creative potential to increase peace in themselves and in the world around them. The students will learn about the power of deep listening and they will take three field trips: Binghamton, Frasyer and Orange Mound, where they will listen to residents of those communities as the residents talk about their lives. While the media illustrates these three communities as lost to poverty, violence and crime, the students will listen for a different story, ordinary stories of people caring for one another and living decent lives. Then the students will make art to illustrate what they have heard. And they will retell the stories on Saturday, April 25, reclaiming the three communities for peace. The Orange Mound performance will be at 10:00 at the Orange Mound Community Center on Park Ave; the Binghamton performance will be at 11:30 at Caritas Village, 2509 Harvard Ave and the Frayser performance will be the Frayser Community Development Corporation on Watkins at 1:00. FREE

“Going for the Gold: A Weekend of Storytelling” with Elaine Blanchard at Eureka Springs, Arkansas. March 6-8, 2015

The retreat will begin on Friday evening with introductions and getting acquainted. Saturday will be devoted to discovering the power of your own story and preparing to tell it. Sunday morning will be spent in rehearsal. Sunday afternoon will be performance time for a loving audience in a fun and casual space. Don’t miss this opportunity to use your imagination and play with words and stories! Registration fee : $150.00 Registration Deadline: February 28. Contact Linda Caldwell at 479-253-7444 or email Linda at Director@WritersColony.Org  View Flyer

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