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Listening for a Change: Oral History and Appalachian Heritage
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6/16/2013 to 6/21/2013
When: 6/16/2013
Where: Elkins, West Virginia 
United States
Contact: Michael and Carrie Kline

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Listening for a Change: Oral History and Appalachian Heritage
June 16-June 21, 2013; Elkins, West Virginia
Sun. 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Mon.-Fri. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Register by May 15: $195; Early bird discount: Register by April 15: $185
Workshop opens Sunday night 5:00 PM and runs 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Mon.-Fri.
Hosted by Michael and Carrie Kline of Talking Across the Lines

Learn to document life stories and community experience through the art of deep listening. This course will explore techniques for seeking out and recording oral testimonials. Where possible, students should come with audio recorders and cameras. This course is open to anyone wanting to broaden their appreciation for the richness of local life by exploring the vibrancy of folklore and the oral tradition.

New Skills:
Learn new levels of listening.
Develop interviewing skills to record life stories.
Learn technical details for producing and preserving broadcast quality field recordings.

Apply this class to coursework or professional development in fields such as Folklore, Anthropology, Communications, English, History, American Studies, Social Work, Planning, Law, Biology, Geology, Education, Economics, Health and Healing, Hospice, Environmental Studies, Psychology, Theology, Ethnomusicology, Cultural Journalism, and Tourism.

Instructors Michael and Carrie Kline, folklorists, audio producers, singers and guitar players, met through a mutual love for the spoken word and song. Their production company, Talking Across the Lines: Worldwide Conversations, has documented both individual narratives and interwoven expression of broad communities.

The Klines are experienced at teaching deep listening, oral history and Appalachian heritage. They are seasoned audio producers and public folklorists. Their courses have attracted students from various disciplines and professionals of all kinds, including social workers and carpenters, educators, museum directors, and life-long learners. For questions, call or email the Klines Mon.-Fri. at 304-636-5444 or

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