The West Virginia Storytelling Guild has received a grant from the National Storytelling Network to help fund a series of storytelling workshops from late 2017 - 2018. 

Check back often to see the updated information including descriptions, workshops leaders, dates, and registration information. 

Workshop 4
Thawing the Frozen Form: Telling (from) a Written Tale to YOUR Audience

Jo Ann Dadisman

Jo Ann Dadisman

Workshop Presenter: Jo Ann Dadisman
Date: Saturday November 3, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Fairmont, WV

This workshop is designed to assist storytellers in moving a story from the written tradition into a performance in the oral tradition. Together, we will explore how the body, voice, and word choices can bring a story to life by identifying the purpose and audience, re-viewing the storyline, and stepping away from the page. Teachers, Sunday School teachers, ministers, motivational speakers, librarians, both emerging and experienced storytellers and anyone in the business of communicating can benefit from this close look at ways to thaw a tale.

The frozen forms we will consider are from four distinct groups: sacred tales; stories written by the teller for a reading audience; historical documents that preserved a special event, place, or person; and published folktales in the public domain. 

During the workshop we will examine ways to bring a story to life through lecture,  brainstorming, small group activities, and an opportunity to share with the entire group.

Cost: $40.00 Make check payable to West Virginia Storytelling Guild
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We're sorry you missed the following past events:

Workshop 1
Thinking Beyond the Festival: Starting a Storytelling (or arts) Series

Adam Booth

Adam Booth

Workshop Presenter: Adam Booth
Date: Saturday December 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Grisell House, Moundsville, WV

Interested in starting a concert series? 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. 

Cost: $40 Make check payable to West Virginia Storytelling Guild

Workshop 2
Helping Fledgling Storytellers Soar

Katie Ross

Katie Ross

Workshop Presenter: Katie Ross
Date: Saturday March 24, 2018
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm plus a concert from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Hampshire County Public Library in Romney, WV

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 workshop intended audience will be: Story enthusiasts ages 15-100, beginning or intermediate storytellers, teachers, librarians, preachers, therapists, students, and historians.

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

Workshop 3
The Business of Storytelling **POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER**

Karen Vuranch

Karen Vuranch

Workshop Presenter: Karen Vuranch
NEW DATE: Saturday September 22, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM plus a concert beginning at 7:30 PM
Location: Historic Fayette Theater in Fayetteville, WV

The storytelling workshop The Business of Storytelling, scheduled for Saturday, April 28 has been rescheduled for September 22, 2018. This event, co-sponsored by the West Virginia Storytelling Guild and the Historic Fayette Theater, features a half day workshop by storyteller Karen Vuranch and an evening concert of storytelling.  The workshop, which will take place from 1 - 6 pm at the theater in Fayetteville, West Virginia, will discuss practical realities of being a professional storyteller. This includes how to manage and keep track of finances and run a business as well as marketing techniques and how to build a repertoire that is marketable to libraries, schools and other venues.  The last hour of the workshop will include a Story Swap with all participants. The evening program, billed as Storytelling with Karen Vuranch and Friends, will offer an opportunity to some of the workshop participants to perform in the concert.  The fee for the half-day workshop is $40, payable to the West Virginia Storytelling Guild.  For more information or to register for the workshop, contact the WV Storytelling Guild at or call (304) 574-4840. 

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