Oral History Workshop Applications Due 4/1

Lunch at Spooney's
Last year’s workshop participants enjoying lunch at Spooney’s Bar-Be-Que in Greenwood, MS.

Applications for our 2014 Oral History Workshop are due soon. April 1, to be exact. If you’re not sure of this week-long immersion in foodways fieldwork is for you, consider this from one of last year’s participants, Tamie Cook:

Not only did I learn techniques for interviewing, technical skills for recording, documenting and editing stories, but along the way I met real people who’s stories touched my heart.  We visited long forgotten places that changed the way I looked at myself and others and I walked away knowing that the work the SFA does is vital to our connection, not only with our Southern roots but to each other.  If you’re a journalist or writer or a curious seeker of people, the workshop will help you hone your craft and make you a better storyteller, better listener and frankly a better person.  I know it did me.

Here’s a recap of last year’s workshop from SFA staffer, Emilie Dayan Hill. You can also see some of the work that workshop participants created by visiting our page at Cowbird, the digital storytelling site.

And then visit our Workshop page for information on how to apply. This year, in addition to welcoming students from across the country, we’re offering two spots to current SFA members. All applications are due by Tuesday, April 1.