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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10:00 AM10:00

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 wvstoryguild@gmail.com

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10:00 AM10:00

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 wvstoryguild@gmail.com

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7:00 PM19:00

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 jamesfroemel@gmail.com

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12:00 PM12:00

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 http://www.wvculture.org/vandalia/

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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7:00 PM19:00

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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 www.speakwv.org , or reserved by phoning 304-886-9481. Questions? info@speakwv.org . Speak will donate 10% of ticket sales from this concert to the West Virginia Storytelling Guild.

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10:00 AM10:00

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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9:00 AM09:00

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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