Kent Creative Connect – One Day about Story Telling

A day long event for creatives : How to tell stories about your artworks to create an emotional connection with your audience.

A day long networking and learning event for creative professionals and artists with opportunities to meet with fellow creatives and to listen to a number of professionals talking about issues that matter to the creative sector. Our ultimate is to support and promote the artistic, cultural and creative sector in the county as a whole.

Theme of the day: How to tell your story

The stories you tell and how you write them will define how your audience connects with you and with your work. The more they like them, the more they will stay with you. Get the story right and you will engage with your audiences so they grow interested.

There are many ways of telling stories. During the day, attendees heard how to tell the stories behind their work so they get their audiences hooked.

  • In the morning, we heard Olivia SchlevogtTim PriceMarnie Summerfield-Smith who use stories to connect with their audience. 
  • Then, Miles Allen went through some ‘theory’ stuff and explained how to write to induce an emotional response that is inspiring and memorable. He talked about the three key commentaries that, when combined, draw the viewer into creatives’ lives and work, so to expand the meaning and inspiration behind each piece, taking them that much closer to making a purchase and becoming a fan. He also talked about ways to make stories twist and turn, rise and fall and how to show their different sides. 
  • In the afternoon, in a workshop, Miles encouraged attendees to write in your their style, working practically on their biography, artist statement and also some stories about their artwork. 

Olivia Schlevogt was born in 1970 in the south of Germany and completed a jewellery apprenticeship before moving to England in 1995.
Before becoming self-employed in 1999, she completed a degree in Silversmithing HND and Jewellery Design BA in England. She has since won many prizes for design and craftsmanship.
Now well established in a workshop in Rochester near London, she shows her work at Jewellery Fairs across the UK and selected Galleries and work to commission. 

Olivia will be talking about how she made brooches in connection with specific walks, for herself and for others. She says: “I have been thinking for some time of how important certain walks and places become in our lives. They are like smells or sounds, they shape us and trigger memories. One of my most important walks was the walk, at the begin of my career as a Jeweller from my workshop, Cornwell House in Clerkenwell, London to the Goldsmiths’ Company, Goldsmiths’ Hall. Every time I walked this walk I felt something. I wanted to honor it and designed a brooch on which I fused 22ct yellow gold wire in the shape of the walk which I took off a map and I highlighted my workshop and the Goldsmiths’Hall with a diamond.”

 

Tim Price

Fifteen years professional model maker, followed by sixteen years in a Buddhist monastic community, to then combine skills of body mind  and spirit in a creative appreciation of natures’ wonders. From high pressure business in complex workshops, to quiet contemplative time in forest meditation huts, to a simple studio at home,  finding a joyful vocation in artistic woodwork.

Tim will talk about a simple item that he makes whilst exhibiting, aimed to attract attention and entertain people hovering over his work. It’s a trick which he builds a story around. And it draws a crowd.

 

Marnie Summerfield Smith is a ghost writer and memoir mentor who has helped more than 100 authors to write their memoirs. The primal desire to have our story heard is the heart of her work. She loves working with people to explore and deepen their stories and bring them into the world, whether it’s for an author’s personal satisfaction or a wider audience.

 

Miles Allen is a writing coach, editor and author

After a 30-year career in hi-tech fighter-jet software, Miles followed his dream of becoming a fantasy author, embarking on a gruelling everything-to-lose crash programme of learning. In 2010 his first book achieved No1 ranking for epic fantasy on Amazon Kindle, heading the charts in Waterstones knocking The Hunger Games from the top slot.

Now a decade on he directs his passion for words as author, writing coach and editor with courses, talks and consulting, teaching people the Secret of Story-telling to achieve compelling results for fiction and business writing.


When: Friday 17th January from 9:30am to 4:00pm

Where: The Alexander Centre, 15 Preston Street, Faversham, ME13 8NZ