Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival Schedule June 7-8

Our festival spotlight tellers will tell prior to the Tim Tingle concert on both nights.
Friday night’s Oklahoma spotlight tellers are: Liz Parker, Teresa Black and Fred Peters.
Saturday night tellers will be Jeanette Harjo, Greg Rodges and Tony Hardman

Friday, June 7
1:00 p.m. Registration and Silent Auction begins
1:30 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. Greg Rodger’s workshop – Coloring with words
4:00-5:00 p.m. General Membership meeting
6:30 p.m. Pre-Concert Music, Gary Parent
7:00 p.m. Spotlight Story Concert: Tim Tingle, Teresa Black, Liz Parker, and Fred Peters
9:30 p.m. Ghost Tales with Tim Tingle, Kareth Bodman Moore, Nancy Lenhart Matthews, Kathryn Thurman, and emcee Paulette Geeslin
Saturday, June 8
8:30 a.m. Registration
9:45-10:45 am. Table-Telling 9:45-10:45 a.m. Mini Concert
11:00-Noon Story Swap and Mini Concert
Noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch and Vendor Area
1:45-2:45 p.m. Table-Telling and Story Concert
3:00 p.m. Silent Auction ends
3:00-4:00 p.m. Story Swap and Mini Concert
4:00-5:00 p.m. Social Hour with refreshments
6:30 p.m. Kathryn Thurman’s World Music Pre-Concert
7:00 p.m. Spotlight Story Concert: Tim Tingle, Tony Hardman, Jeanette Harjo, and Greg Rodgers
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Enhancing Storyteller Development


An ongoing issue in learning to be a storyteller is identifying benchmarks in skill development. What makes one a ‘master teller’? When are you no longer a ‘beginning storyteller?’ Do you self-describe or wait for others to label your level of achievement?

Authors Kendall Haven and Mary Gay Ducey in their book CRASH COURSE IN STORYTELLING (Libraries Unlimited, 2007) provide a useful and valuable trio of labels. Termed the “Three Levels of Storytelling” they are “Level 1: The Informal Storyteller” (the kitchen table, with friends, etc.); “Level 2: The Community Storyteller” (often used in the course of a career – library, community, church, classroom, courtroom, etc.);”Level 3: The Professional Storyteller” (high level of professional, highly polished and rehearsed delivery, thematically linked content, often larger than life and formally staged (pg. 5-6).

These labels also offer an exciting opportunity to begin to more intentionally develop not only the storyteller but to develop new voices. They also offer the opportunity for broadening the understanding of competency, style and audience.

It is possible to be a highly skilled and competent Informal storyteller or a community storyteller. It is ‘okay’ to not be a ‘professional’. Becoming the best artisan for the type of storytelling which excites and engages the teller is the goal rather than an artificial single lane fast track to acceptance as a ‘storyteller’.

Of course, this is only one small part of a very easy to use resource for anyone who wants to help others (students and adults) to become storytellers. Content includes “The Place of Storytelling in Your Library” (but it is highly applicable to other settings); “Why Tell It? The Power of Storytelling”; “Okay, But Can I Really Do It?” Making storytelling practical and doable” ; “Choosing Stories That Will Work for You”; “Learning to Tell?”; “First Aid”; “Storytelling Extras” (Costumes, puppets, Audience Participation, etc.); “Let the Stories roll!” (Program  ideas and advice, etc.).

Perfect for a guild to study together and practice the methods and skills discussed. Highly recommended.

Jan 25, 2013 Winter Retreat Workshop Friday Night


We will meet at Western Hills on Friday for workshops and more, here is one workshop to entice you!

Carved in Stone:  The Hidden Meaning of Gravestone Graphics  

If you’ve visited Arlington Cemetery, the Pyramids, Gettysburg or Greyfriars Kirkyard, you entered a world where a secret language tells the story of the dead…and the living.  Gravestones and cemeteries are rich in a language of symbols, a language the translation of which changes over time making it difficult to interpret the original meaning.  Graveyard customs also change over time.  By studying the symbols on grave markers and cemetery customs, especially those in Oklahoma, you’ll learn more than the person’s name and dates.  You’ll walk away with histories, biography and genealogy, including social membership and occupations.  You can also learn science, art and historic architecture.

Marketing Yourself, Social Media, and Storytelling

Story artisan Karen Chace presented as part of a panel at the National Storytelling Network Conference.  The theme of the topic was the business of story, the ethics of the story business, and marketing yourself and your stories.  Others on the panel included Elizabeth Ellis and Linda Gorham.  Her notes are now on her blog and well worth reading and studying them for implementation into your story life.  See them at “Catch the Story Bug.”