Report from “An Evening of Stories”

~ from Debbie Weston From ~

On Friday, February 1st, the Sautee Nacoochee Center ( in North Georgia, welcomed National Storyteller Elizabeth Ellis, and regional storytellers, Gail Hogan, Rosann Kent, Hannah From & Debbie Weston From for an Evening of Stories! It was a packed theater and a wonderful evening of live storytelling!

The Georgia Appalachian Studies Center at the University of North Georgia invited Elizabeth Ellis to talk with Appalachian Studies students and faculty on January 31st. So while Ellis was in town, she also told stories with Hannah From and Debbie Weston From at White County Intermediate School and then later on that evening at the Sautee Nacoochee Center!

Elizabeth’s visit to North Georgia successfully demonstrated how important and valuable live storytelling is as an art form.

Report from “Tell it in the Mountains”

~ from Janice Butt ~

Just out of Young Harris, in the beautiful North Georgia mountains, nine storytellers gathered for four days to work on story with Elizabeth Ellis at the Brasstown Valley Resort. The first, hopefully annual, Tell It In the Mountains retreat and workshop afforded these tellers the opportunity to work on a story of their choice in depth, using the methods outlined in From Plot to Narrative, Elizabeth Ellis’ new book. Participants were challenged to look at every aspect of the story they chose, including characterization, viewpoint, and conflict.

Taking a break from that work on Tuesday, participants invited the community to a story swap and shared five-minute stories in the Track Rock Theatre inside the resort. Mary Apps wrote, “What a wonderful experience it was to spend time with all of you great storytellers. The facilities were great and the staff couldn’t have been more accommodating. Thank you, Elizabeth, for stimulating our creative juices. You are indeed, an American Treasure. An unforgettable experience. Thanks to SOS for arranging it for us all.” Jo Sanders added, “Elizabeth gave us such wonderful examples and words of encouragement for creating and building our stories. Now I have another story in my “Story Bag.”

Elizabeth advised us: “As you get back into the groove of your regular life, remember to take time to think of yourself as an artist (tell yourself, ‘I am an artist.’) and about the importance of your work (‘I am an artist and what I do makes a difference.’) The world needs to hear stories.”

SOS News Update, June 22, 2009

The National Museum of Patriotism needs you, and your patriotic stories for July 4th!

Brush up on your patriotic tales and join SOS members for a program at this new museum, located adjacent to Centennial Park.  The museum has no funds for paying tellers, but it’s willing to help sell materials and advertise our stories.
Programs are planned at noon and 4 pm, each lasting 1 hour. Tellers can share the stage, as the audience will be moving through the museum and around Centennial Park.
What better way to spend some time on the 4th of July than telling patriotic stories!?!
For more information, or to sign up, contact Janice Butt at or 404.377.2704


Like to scrapbook? SOS needs a scrapbooking/historian to help display the organization’s quarter century history. Please contact Feriel Feldman, 404-636-4090,


Are you a Public Relations whiz? Or, do you know someone who can help write news releases or compose compelling announcements for the news media and social networking sites? SOS needs someone to help our organization get timely, interesting news items and other p.r. materials into the right hands. Please contact Feriel Feldman, 404-636-2702,, if you or someone you know is interested.


We’ve got the signs, if you’ve got the time! SOS needs someone to make sure our street signs are in place before SOS events. If you’d like to be in charge of this task, don’t hesitate to contact Feriel Feldman, 404-636-2702,


Tellabration! Sat., Nov. 21, 8p
Thanksgiving Stories @ The Carter Library, Nov. 27, 2p
Winter StoryFest – Friday/Saturday, Jan. 29 & 30, 2010
Flag Flyin’ 4th @ the Carter Library, July 4, 2010, 2p