Three Invitations to Youth Storytellers

YOU ARE INVITED! – Three invitations to all Youth Storytellers

#1 All Youth Storytellers: YOU ARE INVITED to participate in the first annual Youth Day of Storytelling and Storytelling Day of Classes in Richmond, Virginia, at the National Storytelling Network (NSN) PreConference on July 31, 2013. Special classes and times for youth to tell stories are planned for that day by NSN’s Special Interest Group of YES (Youth, Education and Storytellers Alliance). For more details about this part of the Conference, please contact YES Board members: Anne Wallace at or Debbie Weston-From at

#2 All Youth Storytellers: YOU ARE INVITED to tell stories at Emerging Voices at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. If you are interested, please contact one of the coordinators: LaDoris Bias Davis at, Esther Culver at, or Anne Wallace at

#3 All Youth Storytellers: YOU ARE INVITED to participate in the annual Georgia Youth Storytellers’ competition. More information will be forthcoming, but please contact one of the ladies listed above for more information.

Georgia Youth Storytelling Showcase, Oct. 13, 2012

All Georgia Youth Storytellers
Come, Participate, Tell Your Story

The Georgia Youth Storytelling Showcase

Saturday, October 13, 2012
10:30 a.m.
The Scott Candler Library
1917 Candler Road
Decatur, GA 30032

***Note: If you are unable to go to Utah as a Georgia Youth Storyteller Finalist, PLEASE read on for the Georgia Youth Storytelling Showcase program and are between the ages of 5 and 18……..

Come, Participate, Tell Your Story. The top scoring Georgia Youth storytellers from both events will be invited to be featured storytellers at:

  1. Southern Order of Storytellers’ Youth Tellabration at Emerging Voices held annually at Collanwolde Fine Arts Center in Decatur, GA. The date and time are: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
  2. The 30th Annual Southern Order of Storytellers Festival. The date and time are: on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at selected times during that day.

This is a great chance for young storytellers to perform in front of a live audience, storytelling judges, receive an evaluation and have their stories recorded. (No charge.)

Stories need to be 8-12 minutes, and can be folk tales or original material, but any copyrighted material must have written permission.

While the youth are telling their stories, they will be videotaped. Brief entry forms may be filled out at the event. The video tape will be sent to Ms. Jane Sullivan and her committee for evaluation. Youth will be notified of their evaluation for further performances by October 22, 2012. The dvd and evaluation will be sent to each participant.

****Note: Please contact Anne Wallace at 770.460.9946 or if you are participating.

Youth Storytelling

Lucille Campbell, Verna Muthoni, Helen Miley, Anne Wallace, Janice Butt, Margaret Edinburgh, and Brenda Harris told stories at the Atlanta Girls Club in Marietta on 7/20. The storytelling concert was instigated by the Club’s coordinator who used our SOS web site to contact Janice. She was interested in bringing women to share stories with the girls. These ladies delighted 80+ girls with a variety of stories from all parts of the world.  This was a pro bono performance to let girls know that storytelling might be one of their future career opportunities and to encourage them to pursue it.

Anne Wallace and Debbie Weston-From taught youth storytelling in Dawsonville with librarian Tracy Walker on 7/28.  It was a wonderful group of eight youth, ages 8-12. Debbie taught storytelling basic skills. Anne taught the children about the 398.2 section in a library where fairytales and folktales can be found. Each child learned two stories from the two classes. The conclusion of the class was a concert by the children telling one of their newly learned stories. Tracy videotaped

each teller and later in the week gave a copy of that recording to each child. Certificates of participation and a book of folktales were given to each child in the concluding ceremony of “Storytelling for Youth.” Books and paper supplies, plus a lunch of pizza were provided by SOS with funds from the IBM grant written by Margaret Edinburgh.

P.S.  It was a great storytelling day for the three adult storytellers, especially as they heard the children telling their parents their stories as they departed the classroom.

Debbie Weston-From taught a youth storytelling class this summer.  She taught the youth how to create their own stories and record them for later radio broadcast. The same IBM grant through SOS has provided the portable recording equipment to make this easier for the students.