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In this email: 
1. Next WVSG StorySwap
2. Barbara Seels Recommends
3. NEST Online Storytelling Classes
4. NEST Online Storytelling Guild
5. Upcoming WVSG Member Events & Appearances

1. Next WVSG StorySwap

The next West Virginia Storytelling Guild story swap will take place at the La Vale Library in La Vale, MD (815  National Hwy, La Vale, MD 21502] on September 28, 2019. Click here for the poster. La Vale is midway between Frostburg, MD and Cumberland, MD.  More specific directions will follow.  The event will be in conjunction with the Allegany County Public Library System. The story swap will begin at 10:00AM and run until 12:00.  This is when we storytellers can get together and try out the stories that we're working on. Each tale should be 10 or 15 minutes in length. This is the time when we can critique each other's work.

Around noon we will drive to a local restaurant which is about five minutes away by car. There we can just have a time of fellowship with our storytelling friends.

At 2 o'clock those of us storytellers who wish to tell a tale will have the opportunity to share a 10 minute story with people from the community. This will be an excellent opportunity to showcase our work to the local folks.  The Allegany County Public Library has been doing an excellent job of publicizing this event by passing out flyers and possibly having an article in the newspaper. Under separate cover I will forward these flyers. This should be a fun event, one where we can learn from each other and educate our listeners about the art of storytelling.

I hope you will be able to attend. Please let me know if you plan to be there so I will know about the afternoon lineup. Thanks.
 Katie Ross 304-738-2338 or 240-522-8668

2. Barbara Seels Recommends

This is a recommendation for WVSG members who may not have heard of this book. This is a wonderful book and podcast, especially for young girls, teen and preteen, even 7 and 8 year olds. "Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls" 100 Stories of Girls and Women who did exceptional things. Many countries are represented.

3. NEST Online Storytelling Class
Northeast Storytelling is presenting an online class on EcoStorytelling. Click here for the jpg poster

4. NEST World Virtual Storytelling Guild
from Hope Lewis:

I would like to invite all the WV storytellers to join the Worldwide Virtual Storytelling Guild. We meet 2x a month via ZOOM video conference to share storytelling, discussion, and community. If you have any distant or elderly members who find it difficult to participate in the guild events, the VSG is a way to share stories around the world from the comfort of home.

Below is some information about the group.

Worldwide Storytelling Guild Info, links, time zones, invites, contacts, ZOOM tips, etc.

Facebook Group:

Emails for the coordinators:

The next Worldwide Virtual Storytelling Guild meeting is:

Thursday, September 5th: 12:00PM (New York time)

Challenge topic: Stories to Teach and Tell Children

Please go to the Facebook Group page for the link to attend, or email Hope to be added to our mailing list.  


Board President, Northeast Storytelling 

5. Upcoming West Virginia Storytelling Guild Member Appearances and Events
(these will also be listed on our web calendar soon)

STORYSWAPS: Come to as many as possible! Share tales, get feedback and grow!

September 28:  Storyswap! LaVale Public Library. 10:00-3:30. Swapping time, lunch and then free concert in library. 


September 7, 2:00pmJane Gilchrist Memorial Concert. Folklife Center. Guild-hosted reception at 3:30. Tellers: Mikalena Zuckett, Jason Burns, Katie Ross, June Riffle, Jo Ann Dadisman, Ilene Evans and Bill Hairston. Telling will end at 3:30, followed by reception (hosted by us!) 

September 19: Grand Vue Storytelling Festival, Grand Vue Park, Moundsville. 9:00am. Barbara Seels, Mike Perry, Rich Knoblich, Fred Powers, Thomas Burnett, Susanna Holstein and Andrea Keller.


April 25, 2020. Annual WVSG meeting and more. Folklife Center.


What a busy group we are! Need a story fix? Come support a teller near you! If you need more information about a listed event, please contact the guild member who is listed or send a question to Jo Ann at

September-November Storytelling by our Members


Sept. 19: Grand Vue Storytelling Festival, Grand Vue Park, Moundsville. 9:00am. Barbara Seels, Mike Perry, Rich Knoblich, Fred Powers, Thomas Burnett, Susanna Holstein and Andrea Keller.

Sept. 21: Ghost Tales. Ellwood City Storytelling Festival (PA). 7:00pm. Judi Tarowsky.

Sept. 21:  Appalachian Festival, Frostburg State University, chapel on campus. 12:30-3:00. Adam Booth, Katie and Otto Ross, Mikalena Zuckett, Ilene Evans and Jo Ann Dadisman.

Sept. 23:  Stories from our Garden. Morgantown Garden Club. 12:00pm. Jo Ann Dadisman

Sept. 27: Adam Booth and Diane Macklin at Shepherd University for SU Appalachian Heritage Week. 7:30 PM

Sept. 28: StorySwap (see above!)


Oct. 4: Brown Bagging Through History, Campus Martius Museum, Marietta, OH. "Ghosting Down the River."  Susanna Holstein.

Oct. 4: Stories at the Firepit. Wilson Lodge Firepit, Oglebay Park, Wheeling (Oglebayfest). 7:00pm. Judi Tarowsky and Rich Knoblich.

Oct. 5: Appalachian Ghost Stories and Ballads, WV Book Festival, Charleston, WV 9:00am. Susanna Holstein.

Oct. 11-12: Do You Believe? Ripley Ghost Walk, Time TBA. Susanna Holstein.

Oct. 12: Dark Tales Under an October Moon: Preston County Tellers Share Area Tales. 6:30 Supper, 7:00 Stories. Ilene Evans, June Riffle and Jo Ann Dadisman.

Oct. 19:  Spooky Tales for Everyone. Old Stone House Museum, Slippery Rock University (PA). Times TBA. Jo Ann Dadisman.

Oct. 19: Adam Booth at the Flying Camel, Hagerstown, MD 8:15 pm

Oct. 24: Adam Booth at the Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Library. Spooky Stories. Not for children. 6:00

Oct. 25: Tales by the Firepit. WV Botanical Gardens, Morgantown. 6:30. Judith Clister and Jo Ann Dadisman.

Oct. 26: Ghost Tales at the Falls. Blackwater Falls State Park. Time TBA. Jo Ann Dadisman.

Oct. 28: Peters Creek Historical Society., Venetia, PA. 7:30pm. Barbara Seels.

Oct. 28: Ghost Tales. Mannington Public Library, Mannington. 5:30. Jo Ann Dadisman.


Nov 2: Tellebration! at WVU. WVU Mountaineer Week. E Moore Hall. 3:00pm. Judi Tarowsky, Jo Ann Dadisman,

Nov. 15-16 KSA Conference. Harlan, KY. Going Home: Workshop. Jo Ann Dadisman.
Nov. 15-16 KSA Conferece. Adam Booth will headline.

November 23: Tellebration! Murrysville, PA. 7:30pm. Barbara Seels.

Nov. 24: Children’s Day at the Mansion Museum, Oglebay. 10:00am-3:00pm. Judi Tarowsky.