Theres only one place in the world where experts in all the different worlds of story come together, and thats StoryCon, the summit meeting on the art, science and application of story.
It is not a writers conference. It is not a storytelling weekend of entertainment. It is a meeting where experts in all the different worlds of story come together to explore story from different perspectives.
Imagine science ignoring some aspect of life as omnipresent as air or water, breathing or walking. There would be a huge blind spot in the body of science. Thats whats the story with STORY. There is no science of story-- no agreed upon terminology or concepts. The StoryCon Summit Meeting attempts to change that situation. It brings together a gathering of experts from all the worlds of story . They discuss the art, science and application of story, sharing their wisdom, knowledge and experience.
The meeting is being held in Palm Springs California, February 3rd and 4th, 2006,
The Storycon meeting is an incredible exemplification of the story of the blind wise men.
A group of blind wise sages were put in a room with something and had to figure out what it was.One said "Its a rope."- Advertisement -
Another disagreed, saying, "No. Its a big snake."
Another laughed, saying, "Its obviously a tree trunk."
Others said it was a piece of rug, or a spear.
Finally one, lying on his back, reaching up, says, "It's a cow."
The fact is they were each touching different parts of the same animal-- an elephant-- the tail, trunk, leg, ear, tusk or belly.
And so it is at StoryCon, when a shaman and psychologist get together with a screenwriter, a corporate consultant, a mythologist and a neuroscientist. The come to the meeting to share and cross pollinate ideas, to better understand what makes stories tick, what makes them more powerful, what grabs people so they cant go to sleep until they finish the novel or movie that has captured their attention.
This year, some top screenwriting experts, a shaman who is also a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a business consultant, a neuroscientist, an expert on dreams and a political consultant are among the presenters. The attendees include writers, screenwriters, psychotherapists, teachers, social workers, corporate consultants and others who use story in their work.
During the first StoryCon meeting (this year's is the 5th annual meeting) a storyteller from the UK closed the meeting with this story, which says a lot about the power of story as it relates to the truth.
Truth walked into a village. The local inhabitants started cursing at him. Spewing epithets, they chased him out of the village.