Tag Archives: Performing

Girl Scout Presentation!

On Saturday, Aug 19, I read my book, Rosa and the Red Apron to a group of Girl Scouts at the Lowe’s Food in Monkey Junction in Wilmington, NC (Lowe’s obtained permission to use photo on FB) . Thank you, Alexandra , for inviting me!
It was a fun way to spend a morning.
We had such a good time! The girls enjoyed acting out the book with me as I read it. We did not have time to talk much about writing–Lowe’s had arranged a wonderful cookie decorating session for them–yummy!
I am available to speak to scout groups on writing, on cooking, on story performance and speaking! I have some dates left before the end of the year. More open in January and February!
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Summer in a Bowl

Chrissy, the manager of Hickman Crossroads Library invited me to read Summer in a Bowl at a

img_2570 lunch meeting with soup (the soup from the book). I did and also explained about he making of the book and all about the real Aunt Mary.

They also were interested in Rosa and the Red Apron and my other work–what a lovely day!

Friends of the library made treats and more than twenty –in fact, almost thirty, area folks came to hear about the books. Thank you everyone!!!

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Never Done

A writer’s work is never done!

I am busy working on PR, blog hops etc for Summer in a Bowl and also at the same time working on poems, my usual quota of articles, and coordinating with my publisher on revisions in the texts of the NEXT TWO Rosa books–Rosa and the Red Apron and Rosa’s Shell

 

Heather Zeissler of THEAQLLC has been wonderful to work with.

If you want me to come to your school to talk about the process of writing picture books or  to talk to your group about how I got started writing picture books, just email me at joanleotta@atmc.net

 

 

 

I’m a Guest

http://www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com/2016/03/historical-fashion-with-guest-author.html

The blog is on costuming–applies to writers and tellers

first few sentences here–for the rest, go to Lois’ blog!

 

HISTORICAL #FASHION WITH GUEST AUTHOR JOAN LEOTTA

Joan Leotta has been playing with words since childhood. She is a poet, essayist, journalist, playwright, and author of several books both, fiction and nonfiction for children and adults. She is also a performer and gives one-woman shows on historic figures and spoken word folklore shows and teaches writing and storytelling. Learn more about Joan and her books at her website.

Storytelling—An excuse to play dress-up!

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Joan Leotta performs at 2012 Southport NC Dickens Festival

Civil War Costuming

As a professional performer and writer, I have the excuse to wear “costumes.” When I perform shows from the US Civil or Revolutionary War eras or other historical periods, I find that costumes help reinforce the verbal and storyline cues. Moreover, wearing the clothes of a person of that era, allows you as performer to literally “walk in the shoes” of the characters you have created

New Year, New Blog Goals

Hoping to better serve all of you by changing my goal to do just that! Will try to write a blog on the writing and performing process at least once a month. I have found blogs that discuss the creative process for a particular piece to be helpful and will apply that here in IMG_3029the hope that what I do may encourage you. These will happen around the third week of the month. I hope that like the picture of a hidden corner in an alley in Rome, these pieces will offer a platform for delving into your own hidden, unexplored creative corners.

At least once a month, starting in February, I will host someone , again on teh creative process, who will provide a different perspective.

Whenever, I find them, I will post market opportunities and or performance and writing links that I have found useful to share them with all of you!

May 2015 be healthy and full of work satisfaction for all of us!

Joan

Worth repeating

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My review of the book, Teaching with Story is worth repeating–so I will, this time with a view to being read by parents, not just those who are homeschooling!

adding the cover photo too–

Renovations–Need your help

Hi! We’re doing some household renovations and I will be offline for a while and off the blog for a longer. I’d like to make good use of this time for writing and posting as well as for having the joy of a lighter load in the house (we will use the renovation as a time to clear out things as well as put in the new. I’m not asking you to come and clean out the house or help lay the new floors. What I’d like is for you to use the comment section to tell me what you would like to see in Family Creativity, Food posts and writing and performing posts. Do you want to guest? Let me know. When I start up again, I’ll try to fill your wish lists as best I can. The purpose of my blog is to serve you while putting forth my ideas and books. How can I deepen our relationship and broaden the appeal and utility (to others) of the blog? Thanks. 

Review and Results

Sometimes we need to take a minute to review our accomplishments and plan for the future. Over the past three days I have been impressed with the realization of how short my time is here on earth. I haven’t written a blockbuster. Haven’t won bigtime awards.

Have been able to send my work into homes and hearts of many through newspapers, articles, performances in schools, libraries and museums. My husband reminded me tho, that it is the encouraging of people I did on a one on one that is probably the most lasting. No one knows about that work. No one knows how my larger work affected individuals. No one but God. So, a reminder to do my work for him, to thebest of my ability, with whatever time I have left here and leave the results, the impact to Him.

A Little Help from My Friends

Today I would like to celebrate the role of Facebook in my work and recommend it to you.

My FB friends include family and folks I have known for a long time. My list also includes professional contacts, some of whom have become real friends as well as contacts.

Two among these and whose websites, posts and FB friending I highly recommend, are Alice Osborn and Karen Chace.

Alice is a poet, speaker, and marketing maven based here in NC. She has inspired me to send my poetry out. Her poetry has provided me with enjoyable reading and lessons in writing. Her marketing tips are superb. Today her post sent me to a songwriting website that gave tips on arranging a tour and things to avoid when writing.

Songwriters/poets/short stories/ plays/ novels–all benefit from these tips.

Karen Chace is a superb story performer and gives to the art and her fellow performers through a wonderful blog on telling–her most recent super helpful piece—a list of gingerbreadman  crafts/poems/fingerplays.

She is a model of giving to other performers in one’s own profession.

Thank you both!

Do you have any FB friends who inspire, inform your art?

Share! Post their names in comments, here.

Do you share your experiences, knowledge, thoughts with others on these topics? Share here.

Posting Difficulties

Not sure how I did it, but I posted the last item four times! Sorry about that.

Enjoy this review of Linda Goodman’s Newest CD

Bobby Pins
A CD by Linda Goodman
Review by Joan Leotta
            This is the chocolate fudge sundae of storytelling CDs, except that it is even better than my favorite forbidden treat. You can listen to it without guilt. No added fat, just food for thought.
Linda shares stories from her heart, and her western Virginia mountain roots.
            Three of these stories were new to me. “Pearl” is adapted from one of the stories in Linda’s book, Daughters of the Appalachians. The three personal tales delve deeply into Linda’s own childhood. She says they are recalled “through the dim smoky haze of my mind’s eye.”
“Nickels and Dimes” explores the relationship with a younger sister. Mustard Seed shows us the truth of the great powers of faith as Linda lived it in her childhood in the mountains. The last, “Bobby Pins” shows us Linda and her own mother in a relationship and leaves us on the positive thought of the positive effect that the little things we do have on others, especially those we love.
            Linda’s lilting presentation is flavored expertly with the cadence and laconic rhythms of her mountain origins. She delivers each tale through the ears directly to the listener’s soul. Linda is as fine a writer as she is a teller. The arc of each tale flawlessly rolls to a fully satisfying end bolstered by superb choices of word dialect and the use of classic literary devices such as repetition, and parallelism.
            Listen to it for the pure pleasure of the experience or use it to teach yourself about story, Appalachia, people, families, dialect. This tape is appropriate for all ages and for men as well as women. Use it in schools if you want to tell of life in Appalachia or just explore family relationships.
            At the finish, I was tempted to shake the CD case to see if more stories would fall out. I suppose I will have to wait for Linda to open more of her heart to us.
Joan Leotta is a published author and an accomplished storyteller in her own right. Her new ebook, Guilia Goes to War, will be available in July.