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For information or to inquire about Professional Development Workshops for Teachers, or workshops for homeschooling groups, email Carol at: carol@incitetowrite.com or call 505-216-0750.

Fee is generally $1,300 for a one day workshop plus travel and hotel accommodations. A Workshop can be spread over 2 days for the same fee. Feel free to contact Carol for more information or to talk about your particular needs.

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WINTER TALES 2018

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I remember going to Norway in the winter for my honeymoon. My husband and I arrived at this little town not far from a glacier, and there were beautiful woven Norwegian sweaters for sale at the village store. Lots of them. That's because most of the villagers knit all winter long, when they were snowbound and could do little else.

Winter was also a traditional time for storytelling in most countries. The crops had been harvested, and there was nothing to do but wait for the spring to come. People gathered around the home fire and told stories.

We're a long way from those days, but we still do occasionally get snowbound. And winter is still a time to "go inside" energetically-speaking. Winter also affords an opportunity for quality family time: our need to communicate and connect with each other is greater than ever in a world of constant texting.

So how do we tell stories in the 21st Century? I suggest making up your own. Story cubes (found on Amazon) are a great way to get the ball rolling. Story cubes are like dice with pictures on each side. Throw the dice and the picture suggests the character, problem, or solution to the story. Take turns, making it a group story. This is great for all ages, and fun for everyone. Why? Because you get to use your imagination and critical thinking skills. And you get to collaborate and be surprised by what another member of your family comes up with. You get to know each other a little better.

Believe it or not, we're all great at telling stories. We love to use our minds and create; we love to imagine. It's our human nature. Winter is a great time to discover and strengthen that creative muscle. (For more about creativity, see my 5-part blog.) To cap off your storytelling session, enjoy a homemade pie, or toast marshmallows. Some traditions just never die!

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Visit my new program, Storytellers & Writers, an after school dual language program that combines the Incite to Write strategies with storytelling.

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