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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.

Watch for notices about a book signing event at Burkes Bookstore in September.

Elaine will be facilitating a group, “Formation For Ministry” this fall at Memphis Theological Seminary.

September 10: 2:00 Storytelling Workshop at Dove Health and Rehab in Collierville. A Creative Aging event.

Teaching a class on “Listening” at First Presbyterian Church, Sunday, September 20 at 10:00

September 13 & 20: Preaching at First Presbyterian Church in Memphis. Worship is at 11:00. The church is located at 166 Poplar Avenue, 38103

September 27: Elaine will share her own story related to being both Christian and lesbian. 6:00-7:30 pm in Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church of Memphis located at  the corner of East Parkway and Poplar. 200 East Parkway, 38112. The congregation is engaging in a series of dialogues as they consider their understanding of what it means to be an open and affirming church.

October 7,14,& 21: Leading Wednesday Evening Program for Kingsway Christian Church (7887 Poplar Ave. Germantown, TN 38138) Catered meal at 6:00 followed by program. “Listening as a Way toward Peaceful Living.”

“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, Noby Edwards, 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.

Elaine has received funding to facilitate a storytelling circle process with transgender people in Memphis. The group will begin meeting weekly on January 12 and continue to meet for 8 weeks. Elaine will write a script based on the stories shared in that circle. A cast and crew will be recruited to stage a performance on March 12 & 13, 2016. Shelby Fuller Elwood, a Memphis film-maker, will create a documentary of the group’s process and the performance.

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