Founder and “Queen Mum” of WIGS
(Women’s Imaginative Guild of Storytellers)
Janice’s stories weave a comfortable quilt that wraps around listeners and brings them in close.
“You are like cocoa butter…your voice just rolls over the words so smoothly.”
She loves to tell all kinds of stories to children and adults. Her “Not So Scary Stories” are a hit every year and “Livin’ Above Her Raisin'” enables seniors to remember their own life stories.
Janice dreams of new ways and places people can tell stories. She initiated, produced and directed “Pushy Broads and Proper Southern Ladies” and “Women with Hat-itude,” two of the 10 successful shows featuring women’s stories which have drawn a packed audience at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center each year. She also directed a series of concerts at the Carter Library/Museum, including “Flag-Flying Tales for the Fourth of July” and “Turkeys, Pilgrims and Thanksgiving Tales to Relish.”
Janice is a gifted teacher of storytelling to students of every age. Her teaching is never cookie-cutter predictable. With skills built in 30+ years of classroom teaching, Janice meets the needs and skill levels of everyone in her classes.
As an elder in the Presbyterian Church, Janice uses her Biblical and faith-based stories to work for peace and justice. She has been co-leader of an Interfaith Story Circle and has worked in many settings for people who really need her optimistic spirit, including refugees and the homeless.
A director of Vacation Bible School said, “It was evident the children enjoyed themselves immensely. In fact, my 6 year old daughter retold several of your stories to me and my husband and has been chanting the song all weekend! You truly have a gift for sharing stories and captivating an audience. We especially appreciated how you incorporated our theme into your stories.”