Book Chapter: How to be a Storyteller Around a Campfire.
His Thoughts: Campfire storytelling sessions are varied: they range from a casual gathering of friends or family members around a fire pit in a campground or backyard, to a more formal interpretive session for dozens of park visitors in an outdoor amphitheater, to being part of a lively night of songs, skits, and entertainment at a gathering of Scouts or children attending summer camp. For me, telling stories around a fire can be one of the most enjoyable environments for storytelling, but I have also learned there are plenty of complications when it comes to performing near a fire, complications that don’t typically arise when telling in a corporate setting or a school classroom. For example, the primary concern for a campfire session is safety, both for the storyteller and the audience. Fire, even when contained in a fire pit or fireplace, can be unpredictable, and you want your audience to remember your stories, not an accident or injury.
Tim Ereneta (www.timereneta.com) is a storyteller based in Berkeley, California, specializing in telling fairy tales to adult audiences. He has told stories at festivals, on stages, and in house concerts, and learned to tell stories around a campfire as a summer camp counselor in California. He writes about storytelling at his blog, Breaking the Eggs: Performance Storytelling in the 21st Century, at storytelling.blogspot.com