Members of the Southern Order of Storytellers, many of whom tell professionally or in other formal or informal settings.
We tell stories to students, families, the elderly, at libraries, parties, corporate events, etc. Many of us have written books and even have recordings of our stories for sale.
If you are looking for someone to tell stories at your event or with your group, please browse our list of members below. The Southern Order of Storytellers offers this page as a service to its members and a resource for the community.
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Jan tells stories that touch the heart and tickle the funny bone! She was born into a family of storytellers and book lovers, and words, language, and the magical connections stories create have always filled her life.
Now a professional freelance storyteller, storytelling coach, and workshop leader, Jan tells a wide range of stories with a variety of themes. Some are historical, some are healing, and some are about uppity women! The range is from folktales to adventure and romance to just plain fun.
With a Master’s degree in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University (ETSU), Jan has told in numerous venues, including the WIGS (Women’s Imaginative Guild of Storytellers) Day of Discovery for Women, Stone Soup Storytelling Festival, Southern Order of Storytellers (SOS) Winter StoryFest, The Iris Festival, Tellabration, the SOS and Carter Center Library’s Story History Series, as well as in public libraries, hospitals, schools, churches, senior centers, and even a cemetery! For both her storytelling and her support of storytelling, Jan was a co-recipient of the 2013 Seanachie Award from SOS.
Give her an opportunity to coach other tellers in story development and performance and Jan says, “Oh, please! Throw me in the briar patch, again.” Her workshop on stories in business focuses on: “The Presence, Power, and Purpose of Storytelling – in the Workplace and Everywhere!” Jan believes stories are a wonderful way to form connections with others. In every aspect of storytelling, her purpose is to “HEAR! TELL!” with heart’s delight and laughter.
What People Are Saying!
“You tell to the heart.” Student Teacher Supervisor, College of Education
“I liked the story. It was very funny. The bear got triked to many tims. [sic] I bought it [the book] yesterday. I cep [keep] reading it over and over.” Student thank-you, After School Community Partnership Program
“What do I like about your stories? Your physicality, your humor, your characters!” A fellow storyteller (67)
Natalie Jones *LIFETIME MEMBER* www.nataliestories.com
Educate, Entertain, Inspire…. Natalie Jones can do all that. A former park ranger, teacher and librarian, she hails from Eastern Kentucky, a great growing ground for stories. Her special ability is telling stories for every generation. Listeners, whether they are school kids or executives; cub scouts or women of the church; teenagers or seniors; find warmth, laughter, and satisfaction in Natalie’s tales. She brings a variety of interactive stories, adding musical instruments, puppets and props to create an energy filled presentation. Her programs for students are recognized for their educational integrity. Natalie is also a story teacher. She leads dynamic workshops for teachers, librarians and students empowering them to tell their stories. Oh, and she is also a Big Fibber, That’s a compliment in the storytelling world. She won the Big Fibbers crown in Rome, GA in 2016 and in 2017 was the People’s Choice Award Winner in the Storytelling Festival of North Carolina.
Natalie will tailor her story programs to the needs of your event. Here is a sample of the kind of programs she offers:
Georgia Curriculum based programs – preschool & elementary ages
Themed presentations for Library Vacation Reading Club
Humorous personal stories for adult groups
History Stories for Secondary and Middle school students
Campfire tales or Ghostly Legends
Costumed Birthday Parties
Storytelling Workshops for students and adults
Reading Motivation workshops for teachers, parents and librarians.
Some of her story highlights include telling at festivals in 5 southern states, Atlanta’s Carter Center, the National Storytelling Conference, Turner South Broadcasting’s Education through Storytelling Program, and Red Top Mountain’s annual Halloween Hayride. She currently works as a professional storyteller in area preschools, elementary schools, bookstores, churches, arts festivals and libraries. She also works for the Craddock Center, telling stories at Georgia mountain Head Start programs. She has been a presenter for the Georgia Conference of Media Organizations, the Georgia Preschool Association, and the Summer Education Institutes.
Contact Natalie for your next event:firstname.lastname@example.org