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Science behind a story comes alive at conference

Annual storytellers conference takes place April 21-23 in Golden

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Storytelling is the oldest form of communication.

“Everyone wants to know how to tell a good story, because stories are what we remember,” said Kate Lutz, board member of Rocky Mountain Storytelling. “And a well-told story will leave a listener wanting more and more.”

Rocky Mountain Storytelling, a nonprofit organization, is bringing its annual conference to Golden April 21-23 at the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St.

The conference will attract about 100 people, Lutz said, and will offer each person something they will enjoy — from folk tales to personal stories.

“Some will be serious, and some will be playful,” Lutz said. “And some will be a combination of the two.”

The conference dates back to the 1970s when a college professor started it at Auraria Campus in Denver. It has been at the American Mountaineering Center for about five years, Lutz said.

This year, the conference will host workshops, a storytelling concert, keynote addresses and a storytelling slam. The event is family-friendly, but it is recommended that children are at least 10 years of age, as the event is geared to provide a fun storytelling experience for adults. The general public will especially enjoy the Friday night storytelling concert and Saturday night’s story slam, Lutz said.

The story slam on Saturday night is themed “Once Upon a time…,” and everybody is welcome to participate, Lutz said.

Friday night’s storytelling concert will feature Janice Del Negro, a storyteller and author known for traditional folk and fairy tales; and Matthew Taylor, a storyteller, actor, teacher and author who does mostly personal narrative.

“I love the science behind stories — how they work and why they work,” Taylor said. “It’s how we connect as humans.”

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