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Organising structures

I am constantly exploring which is the best way to help children organise their thoughts when it comes to the stories they make. I have previously used storyboards as a standard way of helping children slot in their ideas and their drawings within an organising structure for their stories. However some days ago, a colleague suggested using maps from recognised fictional characters, as a way to get children within a pre-organised structure. Children could chose, the map, and invent around the… Continue

Added by Virginia Cano on January 16, 2009 at 12:15pm — No Comments

New story on Aztec god Tezcatlipoca

I have recently updated the Digistory blog with a story on the Aztec God Tezcatlipoca. I am constantly on the trawl for these stories as they are difficult to find in English. I found these and other stories written by Lorna Dills . Her website is really interesting particularly as she suggests lesson plans for primary scholl children researching the… Continue

Added by Virginia Cano on January 16, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

What are you doing for World Storytelling Day?

Do you have an event planned for World Storytelling Day, March 20, 2009? Or an event in March which COULD be a WSD event?

The theme for 2009 is "Neighbours"

The website is at

The facebook group is at

and the logo… Continue

Added by Dale Jarvis on January 12, 2009 at 6:20pm — 5 Comments

Take a listen to Elizabeth Ellis – Storytelling and the Development of Ethical Behavior.

Hey Folks

Just posted my most recent show #070 on the Art of Storytelling with Children with Elizabeth Ellis talking about Storytelling and the Development of Ethical Behavior.

Elizabeth Ellis storyteller kissing a frog while storytelling for children.

Please take a listen - I think this show is required listening for all serious professional tellers - the show is saved in a lower quality to make it accesable to… Continue

Added by Brother Wolf on December 29, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

FYI - Kentucky Storytelling including Buck Creacy; Wednesday, December 17, 2008



Read a great article on storytelling in Kentucky. Our own Buck Creacy was interviewed for this article as was the wonderful Mary Hamilton!


Dianne de Las Casas

Founder of Professional Storyteller

Author of The Story Biz Handbook (Libraries Unlimited 2008)

The… Continue

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on December 17, 2008 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Connie Reagen-Blake Interview Invitation.

On December 17th at 8 PM ET - I will be interviewing Connie Reagen-Blake on the Art of Storytelling We will be talking about a history of the National Storytelling Festival. If your interested in Joining the call please sign up to the alert list by Monday at 9 AM.

The Art of Storytelling with Children Show Alert List

Thanks for your Interest...

Eric Wolf

Added by Brother Wolf on December 9, 2008 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

FFHL Blog--"Trek (6 of 7): 'Battling Out' Story Project Priorities"--posted by Rachel Hedman

I must decide which priorities are most important for the premiere.

This is six of seven posts relating to my info-gathering trek to BYU on October 21, 2008.

Ideally all of the following options would be available, but I may need to drop one or… Continue

Added by Rachel Hedman on November 24, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

FFHL Blog--"Trek (5 of 7): 'Oh Glorious' Paperwork for Theatre"--posted by Rachel Hedman

Whether or not the university is conservative or has religious connections, there is a guarantee there… Continue

Added by Rachel Hedman on November 22, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

FYI: News Bulletin from the National Storytelling Network; Friday, November 14, 2008

From the National Storytelling Network

November 14, 2009

New officers for 2009 were elected at the October Board Meeting:

Chair Sherry Norfolk (GA)

Vice Chair Judy Sima (MI)

Secretary Roger Armstrong (AR)

Finance Chair M.L. Barron (PA)

At-Large Margaret Meyers (KS)

So much news to report! What follows here is a summary – you’ll find the full stories on the Board Blog… Continue

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on November 16, 2008 at 2:31pm — No Comments

FFHL Blog--"Trek (2 of 7): Meeting Professor of a Like-Mind"--posted by Rachel Hedman

When I introduce myself as a professional storyteller, usually I must explain what I mean by "storytelling".

Then you meet rare individuals who know exactly what you are talking about like David C. Dollahite, Brigham Young University… Continue

Added by Rachel Hedman on November 10, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Brigadoon Reborn Ch. 3f: Cool Down (Layne Gneiting)



"Stop." My amble down the center of Main Street slowed considerably. "Stop." The impression hit me stronger. So I stopped. All weekend long these impressions had led me to new friends, and a journey into myself. "Look around." Did I have to stay in the middle of the street? There’s a bench right over there. I’ll just sit there and drink in this experience. "Stay here. If you move, you’ll lose the experience." Unwilling to offend this silent guide who had led… Continue

Added by Layne Gneiting on November 6, 2008 at 9:18am — 2 Comments

Brigadoon Reborn Ch. 3d: Performance of Antiquity (Layne Gneiting)

Toby Keith's declaration has been echoed with deafening tones in the storytelling world. "I wanna talk about me!" I remember sitting with a revered teller, seeking his advice, and seeing him shudder. "Why does an audience need to hear about my life? Why on earth would they want to hear about little old me? I'm a classicist, Layne. I want to tell them a story, not a life sketch."

Forgive my own bits of self-indulgence. When re-reading these dissertation entries I've cringed, wondering… Continue

Added by Layne Gneiting on October 27, 2008 at 12:41am — No Comments

I am still laughing... I am curious has this ever happened to you?

I don't even know where to start. But I am dying to tell it and I am dying to read your reactions Last Friday night, I had a storytelling concert at the Family Resource Center in Warsaw, KY. This is my first visit to Warsaw and though I have talked in the past with both the local Public Library and the Family Resouce Center and finally our calendars opened up and the stars aligned and it was going to work out.

We signed our Contracts and I was careful to get the phone number… Continue

Added by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on September 15, 2008 at 6:48pm — 4 Comments

Review of FEST: Federation for European Storytelling Symposium, Oslo, August 2008

Earlier this year, an email arrived in my inbox from Mats Rehnman, a Swedish storyteller and one of the founding members of World Storytelling Day. For the past few years, storytellers in Newfoundland have been part of the annual event, which takes place on the first day of spring as a global celebration of the tradition of oral storytelling.

Through that email,… Continue

Added by Dale Jarvis on September 10, 2008 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

What a year! Now how about next year?!

That's right it is time to turn my attention to 2009. I think you should too. I have already started looking at the holidays... where are they in relationship to the weekends? Thanks to our Congress almost every "one day" holiday is jammed into a Monday. I am compiling my festival list and deciding which ones I want to court and remind myself of which ones are courting me. Where do I want to go again, and which projects do I want to attempt this next year.

So what do I want for… Continue

Added by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on September 10, 2008 at 5:10am — 3 Comments

Storytelling on Film

What do you think? Can a story translate to film?

I’m trying to see by using the scientific method to find out, but I would like the opinion of storytellers. On I have three live recordings of myself telling stories. Rachel Hedman told me she likes the story better when she hears it live but can a story still come through on a recording? I have heard Bill Harley perform live and on CD. I liked the performance better when I was there, but I can’t say if the… Continue

Added by Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller on September 4, 2008 at 2:46pm — 1 Comment

Ct. Storytelling Festival

Wow! What a whirlwind weekend. I just couldnt do just the festival but on Friday night started my weekend with a 15 minute show as part of the Tolland Senior Center Variety Show ( Ct. ). I was so impressed they had a large audience and using the new Tolland high school ,the stage, lights and sound system were all brand new and state of the art. What a treat! For my part I went on and was calm and focused and delivered my best performance to date! I did 3 stories in the 15 minutes I was hired… Continue

Added by Carolyn Stearns on April 29, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

World Wide List of Storytelling Courses

I took over maintaining the World Wide List of Storytelling Courses from Eric Miller when I was a student at ETSU. It is currently posted on my wiki page and on the SHE SIG wiki page ( It is also on the NSN page under resources (minus the two courses I just added a few minutes ago). I have received a couple more courses to add just since joining this group. If you know of other courses in oral storytelling, please send me the information… Continue

Added by Millie Jackson on April 27, 2008 at 7:19pm — 1 Comment

FYI - 2008 NAPPA Children's Products Awards Now Accepting Entries

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For 18 years, the National Parenting Publications Awards has connected moms and dads with the best toys and products for today's kids. Will your products be among them?

The 2008 NAPPA Children's Products competition is now accepting entries for all categories. For 18 years, NAPPA has directed parents to the best children's:

• Toys: Indoor, Outdoor, Electronic and Board Games - deadline June 30, 2008

•… Continue

Added by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on April 24, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Ah.. the weekend is here...

Northern Kentucky Storytelling Festival

Lots of good fun tonight starting at 7:00 pm Octavia Sexton and Bill Harley

Saturday at 11:00 a.m. till about 4:00 pm Lots of great Kentucky tellers and they are even going to let me tell. Bill Watson, Octavia Sexton, & Cynthia Changaris. Come on out it will be lots of fun.

XM Satellite Radio Channel 171, 8:00 a.m. EST

I am hoping you will join me by radio or internet to listen to me tell stories to a lot of… Continue

Added by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on April 18, 2008 at 9:13am — No Comments

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