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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7:30 PM19:30

Speak Story Series Presents Motoko

7:30 Reynolds Hall, $12
from Massachusetts
The recipient of the National Storytelling Network's 2017 Circle of Excellence Award, Motoko has performed professionally across the U.S. since 1993. She trained with master mime Tony Montanaro (1927-2002) and renowned Appalachian storyteller Elizabeth Ellis. Motoko's repertoire includes Asian folktales, Rakugo and Zen tales, mime vignettes, as well as personal stories from her childhood in Osaka and her life as an immigrant in the U.S. A dedicated teaching artist, Motoko is the author of A Year in Japan: Folktales, Songs and Art for the Classroom. For more info, check www.folktales.net

Tuesday's program is RAKUGO: Comical Tales from Japan
Award-winning storyteller Motoko regales with hilarious tales from the 17th century Japan. An evening filled with humor, charm, and elegance will bring a fresh pleasure to American audiences.

For more details, visit www.speakstoryseries.com

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10:00 AM10:00

Workshop: Helping Fledgling Storytellers Soar

Interested in learning the skills of storytelling?
In this fun, interactive workshop, award-winning storyteller Katie Ross will share helpful hints that she wishes someone had shared with her when she was just beginning. Special focus will be on creating and sharing memorable plot-driven stories. The intended workshop audience includes story enthusiasts ages 15-100, beginning or intermediate storytellers, teachers, librarians, preachers, therapists, students, and historians.

Saturday March 24, 2018
10 AM - 4 PM Workshop
4 PM - 5 PM Story Concert Hampshire County Public Library 153 West Main Street, Romney, 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 wvstoryguild@gmail.com or phone (304) 738 - 2338.

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7:30 PM19:30

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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10:00 AM10:00

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 wvstoryguild@gmail.com or phone (304) 886-9481. 

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