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For Idaho Storytellers, Helping to bring Storytelling to all of Idaho. 

Location: Idaho, USA.
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Latest Activity: Oct 28, 2012

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Big Show in Boise.

Classical violinist Jennifer Dunn and Daniel Bishop, The Storyteller share the stage for an evening of ghostly entertainment. Be mesmerized as ghosts, devils and specters of the night materialize in…Continue

Started by Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller Oct 20, 2012.

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Comment by Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller on October 28, 2012 at 5:18pm
Great News. Utah Public Radio is playing me (Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller) telling Ghost Stories on Halloween Night. Tune in to UPR at 8:30 for a half hour of spooky stories. Here is where you can tune in: Full Power Stations, 91.5 KUSU-...
FM Logan,  89.5 KUSR Logan,  88.5 KUSK Vernal,  89.3 KUSL Richfield,  88.7 KUST Moab. Translators Stations, Bear Lake 89.3,  Brigham City 92.1,  Bryce Canyon National Park 103.1,  Capitol Reef National Park 107.1,  Cedar City 97.3,  Delta 89.5,  Emery County 90.9,  Escalante 93.5,  Fillmore 106.9,  Green River 101.1,  Hanksville 91.9,  Levan 91.9,  Milford 90.7,  Montpelier, ID 95.7,  Ogden 89.5,  Price 91.5,  Provo 88.7,  Randolph/Woodruff 91.1,  Richfield 91.5,  Roosevelt 100.1,  Saint George 90.9,  Soda Springs, ID 90.5,  Tabiona 106.5,  Teasdale 94.5,  Vernal 91.5,  Vernal 89.7,  Washington County 89.1,  Zion National Park 90.7. OR you can go to
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Comment by Mark Scott on October 22, 2012 at 2:47pm

Thanks Daniel.  I have a couple of ideas for themes that I would like to build a series of short (about 3-5 minutes as Teresa suggested) stories that are all connected to the theme.  

Comment by Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller on October 20, 2012 at 3:16pm


I agree with Teresa. I would like to add, as you find the stories you liked as a child and the stories you like now, think about if you want to be a Fairytale teller, or a History teller, or a Ghost Storyteller, or if you to be a personal narrative storyteller or you want to tell everything. Start there. Find out what kind of storyteller you are. That will make the search easier.

Comment by Mark Scott on October 19, 2012 at 5:46pm

Thanks Teresa, it does help tremendously.  

Comment by Teresa Clark on October 19, 2012 at 8:43am



Free stages at Fairs tend to be death zones for storytellers. Fair attendees are grazing. They're grazing for entertainment, food, and displays. Unless something grabs their attention instantly they'll move on to the next bright shiny object down the path. They are not prepared to sit and listen for long. So a series of quick 3 to 5 mins. stories is best.  However, if you can schedule a show and get a solid block of supportive friends in the audience - it's a great way to be seen! Seed them with your business cards and commit them to working the audience to maximize the potential of the moment.

Finding stories - there's a couple of ways to do this. First, sit down and make a list of the stories you loved as a child, as a teen, and as an adult. Think about what is compelling to you about the stories. That may give you a direction to move from there. The folklore section of the library is also great place to start. You may even consider starting in the children's section - find picture story books of folktales you like - then look for their root sources in the folklore collections. I personally love newspaper archives such as:  The old stories, news, and ads can really jumpstart the imagination. Sometimes you can just lift a headline and create your own story from there.

Copyright - you need to be looking at stuff that is at least 75 to 150 years old for it to be in the public domain. Look for numerous versions of a folktale and trace it's genealogy back. That's your best bet. If it's published...check for original sources, then go back to them. 

Hope this micro-tutorial helps!

Teresa Clark

Comment by Mark Scott on October 18, 2012 at 10:17pm

One idea I had for storytelling in Idaho.  The Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot has a free stage every year, has anyone ever checked into doing a storytelling show there?

Comment by Mark Scott on October 18, 2012 at 10:08pm

Hey there, hi there, ho there everyone.  Two quick questions 1) I know you veteran storytellers are tired of answering this but how is the best way to gather stories?  I would like to start gathering and building my library to start storytelling as soon as possible.  2) How do you tell if a story is copyrighted or if it is in the public domain?

Thanks in advance for your answers. 

Comment by Teresa Clark on October 16, 2012 at 12:01pm

I'm in! Idaho - I know you're out there - join us!

Comment by Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller on October 15, 2012 at 10:14pm

Come on Idaho, show us what you got!

Comment by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on October 15, 2012 at 10:03pm
Yea! This is just what I was hoping for... I want every state to have their own group. Fantastic! Tell all your friends, network, use it to grow your state group.

Have a great day


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