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What does storytelling look like?

It was about four years ago that I became particularly grumpy over the use of the word "storytelling" by those who do not actually tell stories. Writers and singers and actors had always described themselves as storytellers, but suddenly in business articles and on Twitter and in the blogosphere suddenly everyone from advertisers to life coaches to film editors to game designers were calling what they did storytelling.

And I'll admit it's an imprecise word.

But I decided to do…


Added by Tim E on April 29, 2015 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

MAMA RUE: A CELEBRATORY AND EMPOWERMENT EXPERIENCE  book is available at Amazon. It is written in stoetry (a format of poetry and narrative) and has 18 color pictures illustrated by myself. It celebr…

MAMA RUE: A CELEBRATORY AND EMPOWERMENT EXPERIENCE  book is available at Amazon. It is written in stoetry (a format of poetry and narrative) and has 18 color pictures illustrated by myself. It celebrates those babysitters, especially of yesterday that would not let the children in their care be 'just mediocre.' Mama Rue was a real live babysitter in my community (her name changed) who was happy to be part of the village that helped raise the chid. A CD will be available soon that…


Added by Ife-Gail Young on March 10, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

Over 60 million child laborers in India!

India, an IT giant and the world's second-fastest growing major economy, has millions of Rajus: all under 14 years of age, some as young as 4 or 5, and all toiling hard just to get a square meal to keep body and soul from parting company. Child labor is a  dagger through India's soul. The country has the dubious distinction of being home to the largest child labor force in the world, with an estimated 30 percent of the world's working kids living…


Added by Anjali Rajan Dileep on February 18, 2015 at 11:49pm — No Comments

karen maries sheep gate house

karen maries sheep gate house

Added by karen marie schalk on February 2, 2015 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Happy New Year...

...for anyone who visits the site & clicks on this post. May 2015 be a time of tales told well and often.

- Old Father William

Added by George Allen Williams on January 1, 2015 at 6:12pm — 1 Comment

Twelfth Night in Santa Fe, NM

So…just finished a two day run – yes, two day – as Sir Toby Belch in William Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was a roller coaster ride…about three weeks to get it ready, cast members from both Albuquerque and Santa Fe, rehearsals in both cities, too, and we didn’t get to walk the performance space until the day before the performance. Recipe for disaster, right? Wrong. It was a blast. The people gathered for this adventure were top-notch, and really, really good at…


Added by George Allen Williams on December 16, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

In Memory of Mark Lewis

Yesterday the world of storytelling lost another wonderful voice with the passing of Mark Lewis. For decades he entertained friends and family with his magical ability to weave awe and joy into the gift of tale. I will miss him.

Added by Carl Harvey on December 8, 2014 at 9:22pm — No Comments

Inhospitable Goat People: A Scottsdale Ghost Story

We lived on property near the north west corner of Shea and Scottsdale, back when gray-green waves of virgin desert roiled towards Scottsdale Road, chasing it all the way to Cave Creek, a town fifteen miles further north.  Just two houses sat on the lot. Ours was long and flat, built…


Added by Misty Kiwak Jacobs on October 31, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Ukrainian Soul Food, Werewolves and Amazons


Ukrainian Soul Stories at the Library

Compared to shoplifting live turkeys in your bloomers and erotic games in the village bath, immigrant life is beyond boring. So firebrand Baba (Grandma) is brewing up Old Country customs in her new neighbourhood.

Hear Raisa Stone tell outrageous stories she's collected from Ukrainian people, including a true murder confession from her neighbour. She kept the secret until…


Added by Reisa Stone on September 6, 2014 at 1:18am — No Comments

My play

I've spent nearly two years working on a play about the friendship between a sheriff and the man he ultimately hangs for murder. It's based on true events from 1891-92. It's been fascinating to research. About a year ago I told the story as an oral tale in a storytelling concert. Gosh, I wish I had taped it! It went really well, but I'll never remember what I said. Last August two actors helped me present the play as a staged reading. It got great response but it's not done, not by a long…


Added by Leslie Slape on June 21, 2014 at 12:30am — 5 Comments

new book out July 7, pre-orders being taken now

Have you ever wanted to explore other ways to build a story beyond going to a desk and writing it down. Have you consider playing vocally with the story? This is the premise of my new book. I invite you to check it out. Order with the link below.

Order at …


Added by Kevin Cordi on June 17, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Sign up for the Word Dancing Challenge for FREE

Take the Word Dancing Challenge!



I would like to invite writers, teachers, storytellers, and people from all walks of life to take the "Word Dancing Challenge." People can sign up between now and June 30. During this time they will be provided spoken exercises and/or videos demonstrating what I call "Word Dancing." This will help build a st…


Added by Kevin Cordi on June 17, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

A to Z, Puppets Are Easy!

I just posted a blog about the Great Lakes Regional Puppet Festival at my personal blog, Storytelling + Research = LoiS, about the workshop I'll be doing (along with information on other workshops).  It may help others decide to come to the Detroit area, July 24 to 27.  Yes, that's opposite the National Storytelling Network conference,…


Added by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on June 5, 2014 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Marketing Webinar Saturday 4/26. Ask now!

Ask me anything- a free webinar on Saturday the 26th. Talking marketing for working performing artists...come even if you don't send in a question....details at

Added by K. Sean Buvala on April 25, 2014 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Texas Library Association Conference

Say hi if you are at TLA.  I'm doing a workshop Tuesday 1-5  (April 8)and telling at the Stories Under the Stars concert Thursday evening  (April 10).

Added by Margaret Read MacDonald on April 5, 2014 at 6:38pm — No Comments

Through The Rainbow - N. Ireland's Pot of Gold?

April 2014 marks the inauguration of  'Through the Rainbow' - N.Ireland's (and Ireland's) first storytelling festival for children, performed by children.  It has been an exciting journey developing N.Ireland's greatest resource - its children.  True to form, the workshops with the children have had the goosebumps moments, as well as the 'Why am I doing this again?' moments, but it will all be worth it when the children finally deliver the stories they have been preparing.  It has certainly…


Added by Raquel McKee on March 28, 2014 at 3:58pm — 1 Comment

Fred LEBLANC Conteur

Fred Leblanc a découvert le monde du conte

au détour d’une librairie blottie au coeur

granitique de Cherbourg il y a de nombreuses


Là, il y fait ses premières armes. Depuis, il en a

fait son chemin de vie.

Formé auprès de grands noms du conte

(Michel Hindenoch, Mimi Barthélémy, Jihad

Darwich...), il fréquente pendant plusieurs

années le CLiO (Conservatoire Contemporain

de Littérature Orale) de Vendôme.

Il approfondit son savoir,…


Added by LEBLANC on March 28, 2014 at 10:14am — No Comments

Sorry Charleycakes

Sorry Charleycakes. You can't go down that street anymore.

We are poor now, lucky to eat a meal a day.

These are tight times. So settle down, junior, strap in, and enjoy the ride. 

Added by Annie Breault Darling on March 22, 2014 at 9:58pm — No Comments

In Memorium

It was 5 years ago today that the Professional Storyteller Society lost a wonderful orator with the passing of Dave Ponkey. He was a wonderful, giving storyteller who entertained thousands, if not millions of people with his performances both on and off stage. He will be missed, by friends and family alike. I am sure he is up there on that great stage in the sky, continuing in his great tradition. Luv ya Dave!

Added by Carl Harvey on March 18, 2014 at 11:46am — 1 Comment

Any Penguin Stories Out There?

Hello- Penguins are my favorite animals. So, I thought: I should build a collection of "Penguin Stories" ! Does anyone tell a really good penguin tale? 


Added by David Stone on March 16, 2014 at 11:26am — 2 Comments

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