Imaginative Children’s Author Robert L. Forbes to Speak at Storytelling Conference

Children's author Robert L. Forbes will headline "The Art of Storytelling: Word, Image, Movement," a two-day conference. Robert L. Forbes, the author of whimsical, rhyming children’s books, will headline “The Art of Storytelling: Word, Image, Movement,” a two-day conference on campus.

The conference Oct. 11 and 12 explores the creation and expression of stories in various media by those building from a biblical Christian foundation. English professor Dr. Carl Miller will begin the conference with “Children’s Literature: An Introduction” 7 p.m. Friday in the DeSantis Family Chapel, 300 Okeechobee Blvd. Forbes’ presentation, “Storytelling with Books for Children and Their Keepers,” follows.

Forbes, the longtime vice president of Forbes Media, now devotes his time to writing children’s books. He has published three children’s books of poetry, all illustrated by late master artist Ronald Searles.

The conference continues Saturday with two sessions. Journalism professor and former TV reporter Dr. J. Israel Balderas will lead the first session, “Solutions-Driven Journalism as Redemptive Storytelling.” Dr. Thom Parham will lead the subsequent session, “The Redemption Preemption: Reaching a Culture that Believes It’s OK.”

Navy veteran and Azusa Pacific University Professor Dr. Thom Parham will speak about “The Redemption Preemption: Reaching a Culture that Believes It’s OK” at “The Art of Storytelling: Word, Image, Movement,” a two-day conference on campus.Parham, a Navy veteran turned Azusa Pacific University professor, previously wrote for the long-running CBS drama “JAG” and served as an on-location writers’ assistant for a season of “Touched by an Angel.”

The PBA Dance Ensemble will conclude the morning’s sessions with “Telling Stories: How Dancers Influence and Inspire Through Movement.”

On Saturday afternoon, guests can attend breakout workshops on photojournalism with Dr. Ron Hilliard, fiction writing with Professor David Athey or narrative art. The conference concludes with a matinee performance of “The Wizard Oz,” followed by a talkback session led by theatre professor Kyle Schnack '10.

Registration is $10, with lunch available for an additional $10. Tickets for the theatre performance and talkback session are $15. For more details, or to register for the conference, please visit https://go.pba.edu/storytelling.

Photo 1: Children's author Robert L. Forbes will headline "The Art of Storytelling: Word, Image, Movement," a two-day conference.

Photo 2: Navy veteran and Azusa Pacific University Professor Dr. Thom Parham will speak about “The Redemption Preemption: Reaching a Culture that Believes It’s OK” at “The Art of Storytelling: Word, Image, Movement,” a two-day conference on campus.