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Listening for a Change: Oral History and Appalachian Heritage
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5/29/2014 to 6/6/2014
When: 5/29/2014
Where: Elkins, West Virginia 
United States

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Register by April 16: $309; Early bird discount: Register by March 19: $296
Includes tuition and first evening's supper. Meals and lodging are on your own. See for housing options.

Workshop opens Thursday night 5:00 PM -9:30 PM and runs 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Fri. May 29 -Fri. June 6

Hosted by Michael and Carrie Kline of Talking Across the Lines,

Open up to eight days of intensive listening and learning in the Allegheny Highlands. These rugged mountains have nurtured a rich and vibrant culture that resonates in its oral traditions. 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, along with steps to developing, sharing and archiving oral history projects.

Learn the tools and techniques of folklife documentation. Appreciate West Virginia spoken arts. Delve into your own story line. This eight-day intensive class incorporates one-on-one student interviews, group discussion, field trips, group interviews with local tellers and tradition bearers and community interviews in teams. 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 to yourself and others. Make connections with people from diverse cultural perspectives. Develop interviewing skills to record life stories. Learn technical details for producing broadcast-quality field recordings. Learn to recognize and experience varied flavors of regional culture.

Apply this class to coursework or professional development in fields such as Folklore, Anthropology, Communications, English, History, American Studies, Social Work, Planning, Law, Criminal Justice, 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. See and click on "Workshops and Concerts" and then "Upcoming Events" to print a registration form.

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