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Speak Presents Adam Booth

Tickets: $12 at the door
Reynolds Hall on the campus of Shepherd University
109 N. King Street, Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Adam Booth's original stories blend traditional mountain folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. He has been featured at the International Storytelling Center, the National Storytelling Festival, the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, the National Storytelling Conference, and has been a Spoken Word Resident at the Banff Centre. His recordings have received two Parents’ Choice Silver Honors and four Storytelling World Awards and Honors. He is a four-time champion of the West Virginia Liars' Contest.


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Workshop #1. Thinking Beyond the Festival: Creating a Storytelling Series

Thinking Beyond the Festival: Creating a Storytelling Series, Adam Booth, facilitator. Griselle House, Moundsville. Saturday, December 2. 10:00am-4:00pm. $40.

Interested in starting an arts series or increasing arts programming in your community?
This hands-on workshop will engage participants in the methodology of creating a storytelling or other arts series. The workshop will be 60% lecture/discussion and 40% audience participation. Participants will leave the workshop with a set of reasons for starting a story/arts series as well as considerations and experiences to help guide them should they choose to do so. They will see possibilities for financial and social viability (compared to a larger festival) and have ideas for generating local interest and community engagement. They will also have practical advice about advertising, funding, and development from a person who has made a successful endeavor into such a series. Schedule includes workshop, meal/social time, and a demonstration storytelling/arts concert during which participants may take part. 

Saturday December 2, 2017
10 AM - 4 PM
Grisell House
805 5th Street, Moundsville, WV
Cost: $40
Make check payable to West Virginia Storytelling Guild
Professional Development available in some counties. 
Inquire for more information!
Registration is requested. Please email or phone (304) 886-9481. 

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WVSG presents StorySwap!

Join us in our new series of relaxed story-sharing gatherings, StorySwap! November's event will take place at the home of Jo Ann Dadisman in Gladesville, WV (Preston County). 10-4pm. (Bring a covered dish). Free. 
For more information or to participate, email

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WVSG StorySwap!

Join us in our new series of relaxed story-sharing gatherings, StorySwap! September's event will take place at the home of Otto and Katie Ross in Ridegely, WV (Mineral County). 10-4pm. (Lunch will be ordered). Free. 
For more information, or to participate, email

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Tales From Three Liars

Three of West Virginia's Biggest Liars join forces for a night of larger than life tales at the West Virginia Folklife Center in Fairmont. James Froemel of Morgantown (Biggest Liar 2017 and 2015, and WVSG member), Jacob Hall of Charleston (Biggest Liar 2016), and Ian Nolte of Huntington (Bigger Liar 2017, 2016, and 2015) will take the stage at 7:00pm on Friday August 25th to share stories of deep fryer time machines, cannon ball contests with the devil and more. The program is family friendly and admission is $10 for adults. Kids under 12 and Fairmont State students are free with student ID. For more information contact James Froemel at

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West Virginia State Folk Festival

WVSG Members will share stories at the WV State Folk Festival in Glenville ! The festival is June 15 - 18  Won't you join us? Here is the storytelling lineup:

Friday June 16
12:00 (noon): Bill Hairston will kick us off with his irreplaceable tales of growing up nearby

1:00: Stories by the Score (that's Katie and Otto Ross) will share stories woven together with string music

2:00: Fred Powers will share his first-hand experiences of a coal miner in southern WV

3:00: Larry Staats will bring an array of artifacts (some musical, some not) to support his unique storytelling style

4:00: OPEN MIC (we will encourage everyone to be present to try out a new short tale, urge the audience to share a joke or memory, and even get our children relating stories that they love).

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to May 28

Vandalia Gathering

Join the WVSG for two days of storytelling at the 41st Vandalia Gathering on the grounds of the WV State Capitol!  More info at

Saturday May 27, 2017

12:00 - 12:30 Adam Booth

12:30 - 1:00 Mikalena Zuckett

2:00 - 2:30 Adam Booth

2:30 - 3:00 Fred Powers

3:00 - 3:30Sue Atkinson

3:30 - 4:00 Fred Powers

Sunday, May 28, 2017

12:00 - 12:30 Mikalena Zuckett

12:30 - 1:00 James Fromel

 2:00 - 2:30 Sue Atkinson

2:30 - 3:00 James Fromel

3:00 - 3:30 Sue Atkinson

3:30 - 4:00 Fred Powers

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Speak presents a juried show of West Virginia Storytellers! Fred M. Powers is a walking repository of West Virginia and Appalachian History. A former school teacher as well as a miner, he has given a voice and a face to the stories of miners and their place in our nation’s history. A teller of short stories and tall tales (some true),  Jo Ann Dadisman is a native West Virginian whose passion for her state and her people guide her storytelling. She will be offering a program called "The Trouble with Men and Women.”

Speak will take place on Tuesday December 13 at 7:30 PM in the Community Club War Memorial Building, Shepherdstown, WV. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at Four Seasons Books, reserved at , or reserved by phoning 304-886-9481. Questions? . Speak will donate 10% of ticket sales from this concert to the West Virginia Storytelling Guild.

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Guild Gathering

As we finish out our November events and look ahead to December, please remember to mark your calendars!! Dec 10 we have the Morgantown Public Library (Spruce St) reserved for a time to try out new stories, get feedback and brainstorm. We will begin at 10:00, break for lunch and walk to High St (next door), and then come back to work again.
If you have a story kernel that needs developed, a story that needs a good audience, or a need to get together with fellow guilders, come on down/over/up!!
If weather turns foul on Friday, we will postpone. Stay tuned via emails and this site.

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Storytelling Festival at Grandvue Park.

Our annual Spring storytelling celebration! This year's featured tellers include Bizzie Vunderink, Jo Ann Dadisman, Bill Hairston, Joanna Demarest, Judi Tarowski, James Froemmel, and Rich Knoblich. Along with the tellers we will also have representatives from the Grave Creek Mound State Archaeological Park, and Marshall Co. Historical Society. Times TBA

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to Apr 30

Guild Meeting and Workshop with Lyn Ford

All events will be held at the Frank and Jane Gabor Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University in Fairmont, WV

Friday Night concert at 7:30 PM with Lyn Ford, James Froemmel, and Stas´ Ziolkowski of the WVSG.
Saturday at 9:00 AM: TELL IT! Developing Language Arts Skills through Interactive Wordplay And Storytelling Experiences with Lynette Ford
Storytelling, as oral communication in a social narrative format, is the foundation for skills in and appreciation of language arts; these skills are essential across curricular studies, as well as for success in lifelong learning and career pursuits. Through interactive story models, group interactions and wordplay, reflection and discussion (as time permits), we will play with the work of nurturing, reinforcing, and creative utilizing effective language arts skills in the classroom. West Virginia Storytelling Guild member Mikalena Zuckett will give a presentation on the Youth, Educators, and Storytellers workshop she attended at the 2015 National Storytelling Network Conference.
See official brochure here!
Download Registration Form Here!

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