Listening for a Change: Oral History and Appalachian Heritage Workshop

We wanted to share an interesting event happening this summer in Elkins, WV — "Listening for a Change".

Listening for a Change: Oral History and Appalachian Heritage

June 24-June 29, 2012; Elkins, West Virginia Sun. 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Mon.-Fri. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Register by May 15: $195; Early bird discount: Register by April 15: $185

Hosted by Michael and Carrie Kline of Talking Across the Lines,

Fall in love with traditional Appalachian music and the thrill of a good tale. Open up to an Allegheny Highlands Week. These rugged mountains have nurtured a rich and vibrant culture that resonates in its songs, ballads, and oral traditions. Learn to document life stories and community experience through the art of deep listening. This course will explore techniques for seeking out and recording oral testimonials.

Learn the tools and techniques of folklife documentation. Appreciate West Virginia spoken arts.

Where possible, students should come with audio recorders and cameras. This course is open to anyone wanting to broaden their appreciation for the richness of local life by exploring the vibrancy of folklore and the oral tradition.

Listening for a Change Student Ann Green with Elkins Resident After Interview

New Skills

  • Learn new levels of listening.
  • Make connections with people from diverse cultural perspectives.
  • Develop interviewing skills to record life stories.
  • Learn technical details for producing broadcast quality field recordings.
  • Learn to recognize and experience varied flavors of regional culture.

Apply this class to coursework or professional development in fields such as Folklore,

Anthropology, Communications, English, History, American Studies, Social Work, Planning, Law, Biology, Geology, Education, Economics, Health and Healing, Hospice, Environmental Studies, Psychology, Theology, Ethnomusicology, Cultural Journalism, and Tourism.

Instructors Michael and Carrie Kline, folklorists, audio producers, singers and guitar players, met through a mutual love for the spoken word and song. Their production company, Talking Across the Lines: Worldwide Conversations, has documented both individual narratives and interwoven expression of broad communities.

The Klines are experienced at teaching deep listening, oral history and Appalachian heritage. They are seasoned audio producers and public folklorists. Their courses have attracted students from various disciplines and professionals of all kinds, including social workers and carpenters, educators, museum directors, and life-long learners.

*Educational credits may be available for students and teachers.*

Find the registration form, syllabus and course description at (Scroll down to June events.)

Lodging Options available here.

For questions, call or email the Klines at 304-636-5444,

Listening for a Change Student Darren Hacquard Interviewing Elkins Resident

Kristin Tracz

About Kristin Tracz

Kristin Tracz served MACED’s Research and Policy team from 2009-2012 working on clean energy policy, energy efficiency programs and the Appalachian Transition Initiative. She joined MACED after finishing her Master of Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She now lives and works in Washington, DC.