Raising Voices: Working with Youth Storytellers

by Judy Sima There is no greater joy than seeing a child’s face shine in the light of your words as you tell a story. There is no greater satisfaction than watching your passion for storytelling grow in the lives of young people as they experience magic for themselves and share it with others.  In …

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The Enchanted Song of the Magical Bird

Told by Ina Buckner-Barnette Listen to story I fell in love with this story because it reminds us to be teachable and to value the child inside.  Both ideas play a big part of my core belief system. About Ina Ina Buckner-Barnette, The Sunshine Storyteller weaves international tales, movement and song to create her interactive …

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Marketing – It’s Not a Myth!

by Karen Chace Storytellers share wonderful tales and offer amazingly creative shows, but do they have great marketing behind them? We lament the lack of attendance at venues, yet many times I receive an e-mail publicizing an event that is taking place the very next day. Often that e-mail was the only marketing tool used …

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Be Thoughtful and Real: The Keys to a Successful Interview

By Syd Lieberman A good interview begins with making your interviewee comfortable. Let him pick the place where the interview will take place and where he wants to sit.  Some people feel nervous about being interviewed.  If so, have your interviewee do an activity, such as cooking.  Not looking at you helps relieve some people’s …

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Vancouver Island Inuit Storyteller Inspired by Kids

The Victoria Times Colonist (Victoria, BC, Canada) , November 12, 2011 Summary: Before books, or even reading, should come the story, says Inuit storyteller and children’s author Michael Kusugak. It should be told in person, with lots of repetition, facial expressions and feedback from listeners, he says. “You can take these stories and write them …

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Puppet Play: Engaging children’s imaginations

by Mary Jo Huff The storyteller has arrived and the children are getting ready for a special treat.  Sitting on the floor with their legs twisted like a pretzel, eyes wide and fidgety fingers the pre-schoolers are all ready for storytime.  Enter the storyteller dressed for the occasion.  As a visiting storyteller I wear a …

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