9:00 AM09:00

By the Heart from the Heart: Biblical Storytelling for the 21st Century.

By the Heart from the Heart: Biblical Storytelling for the 21st Century. Hosted by Shepherd’s Spring, Outdoor Ministry Center, 16869 Taylor’s Landing Rd., Sharpsburg, MD 21782. 9:00-3:00. Presenter: Rev. Robert Alley, Church of the Brethren minister. $50 registration  includes lunch. Information: Judith Clister: jclister@frontiernet.net or 304-223-8193.

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7:00 PM19:00

Stories for an October Night

Stories from guild members around the state: Stas from Shepherdstown, Katie from Ridgely, Jason from Morgantown, June from Fairmont, and Jo Ann from Independence. Location: Arthurdale (Preston County) Center Hall, 6PM. Some youth telling to follow in Open Mic. Please come out and support our tellers! $10/adult; $7/student. Questions? Contact Jo Ann at 304.216.3273 or joanndadisman@gmail.com.

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10:00 AM10:00


Ridgeley, WV

WVSG-sponsored free event. All level of tellers (and listeners) welcome. This event will be held at the home of Katie and Otto Ross; lunch will be Subway or brownbag. Contact her for more information. okross40@gmail.com

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1:00 PM13:00

Workshop: The Business of Storytelling

Fayetteville, WV

This workshop will be lead by Karen Vuranch as the 3rd in a series of workshops supported by the National Storytelling Network and the WVSG. Following sessions on learning how to support your telling, participants will be invited the opportunity to perform in an evening concert. Cost is $40. Consult our Workshops page for more information.

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7:00 PM19:00

Stories and Music in Kingwood

A special night of music and stories will be held in historic Kingwood (Preston Co) at the Community Arts Center on July 27. Doors open at 6:45 and the performance begins at 7:00 with the music of the New Diesel Trio, a blues/folksy local band of talented friends. They will weave their magic and prepare for some lying tales of WV (James is our member and a multiple winner of Vandalia's Big Liars) and PA (Kate is also a member of our guild and an award-winning liar of the 3-Rivers Storytelling Festival in Pittsburgh). Please support this late July event in at least one of these ways:

1. Attend the night by ordering a couple of tickets ($10/seat) from Jo Ann, either for yourself or for friends who deserve a gift from you.

2. Share this information with neighbors and family who love storytelling and road trips. Kingwood is just about 20 minutes from the interstate and has much to offer the walker who wants to eat at the historic Inn or stop by Monroe's for an early dinner.

3. Share this information on your social media in a condensed form.

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to Jun 23

West Virginia State Folk Festival

The WVSG & friends will tell at the storytelling tent on Friday and Saturday.

12:00     Susanna Holstein
1:00     Kirk Judd
2:00     Judi Tarowsky
3:00     Katie and Otto Ross
4:00     OPEN MIC
Come sit a spell in the Oral Traditions Tent with seasoned teller Jo Ann Dadisman. Share a true tale, a bit of a yarn, a kernel for a story or a bit of writing you have been doing. All are welcome to listen and to share.

12:30     Natalie Sypolt

1:30      Janet Smart
2:30      Adam Booth
3:30      Sherrell Wigal


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10:00 AM10:00

Annual Meeting & Story Swap

June 2 is a special day for the Guild. We will meet at 10:00 at the Burnsville Library (middle of the state, very near to Flatwoods) for a storyswap. From 10:00-12:00 we will meet privately to discuss our stories, tell with an opportunity for brainstorming and feedback, and work through bumps and bubbles in our story or performance. 

At noon we will break for a quick lunch. Bring a bag lunch or something to share. You may bring in drinks if they are in closed containers.

At 12:30 we will have an open telling, with folks having a chance to tell to librarians and the public. If we get enough who want to tell, we will put names in a hat. We will finish up at 2:00 or a bit later.

Following a short break, we will drive to Weston for an early dinner and annual guild meeting. We will be eating at Giovanni‘s restaurant: 451 US-33, Weston, WV 26452.  At this time we will award the McWhorter Clock, and conduct the business for the year.

Please let Jo Ann know at joanndadisman@gmail.com if you will be coming for the swap. We want everyone there!!!

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11:00 AM11:00

Vandalia Gathering

Vandalia 2018 at the Capitol Grounds in Charleston, WV !

Saturday May 26, 2018

This year's Vandalia Storytelling crew:

Fred Powers

Mikalena Zuckett

Bill Hairston

James Froemel

JoAnn Dadisman

Jacob Hall


11:00 JoAnn Dadisman

11:30 James Froemel

12:00 JoAnn Dadisman

12:30 James Froemel

1:00 Bill Hairston

1:30 Fred Powers

2:00 Bill Hairston

2:30 Fred Powers

3:00 Jacob Hall

3:30 Mikalena Zuckett

4:00 Jacob Hall

4:30 Mikalena Zuckett

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1:00 PM13:00

Workshop: The Business of Storytelling

Workshop Presenter: Karen Vuranch
Date: Saturday April 28, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM plus a concert beginning at 7:30 PM
Location: Historic Fayette Theater in Fayetteville, WV

Now that you have mastered the art of storytelling and begun to develop a repertoire, how to you take care of the business of storytelling?  Karen Vuranch has made a living for over 30 years telling stories.  This workshop will help you understand how to develop programs for libraries, schools and other venues and how to market to those sites. Karen will share some accounting methods and ways to promote and publicize you as a storyteller. 

Cost: $40.00 Make check payable to West Virginia Storytelling Guild

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