Attend the annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and earn 1 credit hour in Elementary or Secondary Education 589R...Brigham Young University is offering attendees one credit for licensure purposes (equal to 18 points per the Utah State Department of Education) to those who complete the course requirements and pay a $33 fee.
Attend the annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and learn the art of storytelling by watching and listening to top storytellers. See and hear from some of the best local and regional tellers ‚ and people who are available year-around to enhance a storytelling program for your organization, school, or classroom. Learn how to connect with storytellers in your area to arrange for student or teacher workshops, storytelling coaching and performances.
The first step in becoming a storyteller is listening to excellent examples. Watch what they do; their every move and their choice of words. See a variety of styles and hear a variety of material which will help you choose and define your own storytelling style and be able to begin blending your talents with your own storytelling.
In addition to storytelling performances, the Festival offers workshops emphasizing various aspects and types of storytelling. Be taught and coached by the masters in a two-hour class limited to 50 people. .
- To inspire students to use storytelling in the classroom and in the home or elsewhere as an effective teaching and communication method.
- To have students experience some of the best storytelling talent in the entire nation, to recognize quality storytelling, and to teach storytelling skills by example.
- To demonstrate through the variety of material heard at the Festival the many uses and subjects of stories and storytelling.
- To demonstrate to students a variety of successful storytelling styles and techniques.
- Prior to attending the Festival, each student will read 150 pages from a book(s) on the art of storytelling of their own choosing and write a 2-3 page reaction to their reading answering the following questions:
- What makes a good storyteller?
- What makes a good story?
- What factors are important in deciding a presentation style?
- How will the material in this book help you as you pursue storytelling in your classroom or at home?
- Was audience participation used in the presentation?
- Were props used? If so, did they add or detract from the presentation?
- Consider the voice, body language and choice of words and story material.
- Was music part of the performance? What part can music play in a storytelling performance?
This is a pass/fail class. A pass will be awarded students completing the above listed requirements with basic skill.
Students will have the choice of attending any combination of 13 performance and workshop hours to fulfill the in-class time requirement to earn 1 credit.
There will be no written exam. The evaluation procedure will follow the grading criteria.
Questions? Before or after the Festival please call Janet Low at (801)229-7132 or send an email to
. During the Festival please check at the Ticket Booth for Janet's contact information.
Books on Storytelling
- Barton, Bob. Stories in the Classroom: Storytelling, Reading Aloud and Role Playing with Children. Heinemann. 1990.
- Bauer, Caroline Feller. New Handbook for Storytellers: With Stories, Poems, Magic, and More. American Library Assoc. 1993.
- Beauty & the Beast (Storytellers). Children Tell Stories: A Teaching Guide. R. Owen. 1990.
- Collins, Rives and Pamela J. Cooper. The Power of Story: Teaching Through Storytelling. Prentice Hall. 1996.
- Dailey, Sheila. Putting the World in a Nutshell: The Art of the Formula Tale. Wilson. 1994.
- Gillard, Marni. Storyteller, Storyteacher: Discovering the Power of Storytelling for Teaching and Living. Stenhouse. 1996.
- Hamilton, Martha and Mitch Weiss. Children Tell Stories: A Teaching Guide. Richard Owen. 1990.
- Hansen, Katharine. Tell Me About Yourself: Storytelling to Get Jobs and Propel your Career. JIST Works. 2009.
- Haven, Kendall F. and MaryGay Ducey. Crash Course in Storytelling. Libraries Unlimited. 2007.
- Haven, Kendall F. Story Proof: The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story. Libraries Unlimited. 2007.
- Haven, Kendall F. Super Simple Storytelling: A Can-Do Guide for Every Classroom, Every Day. Libraries Unlimited. 2000.
- Kramer, Mark and Wendy Call, ed., Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide. Plume. 2007.
- Lehrman, Betty, ed. Telling Stories to Children: A National Storytelling Guide. National Storytelling Press. 2005.
- Lipkin, Lisa. Bringing the Story Home: The Complete Guide to Storytelling for Parents. Norton. 2000.
- Lipman, Doug. Improving Your Storytelling: Beyond the Basics for All Who Tell Stories in Work or Play. August House. 1999.
- Lipman, Doug. The Storytelling Coach: How to Listen, Praise, and Bring Out People’s Best. August House. 1995.
- Literacy Development in the Storytelling Classroom. Libraries Unlimited. 2009.
- MacDonald, Margaret Read. The Parent's Guide to Storytelling: How to Make Up New Stories and Retell Old Favorites. August House. 2001.
- MacDonald, Margaret Read. Storyteller's Start-Up Book: Finding, Learning, Performing, and Using Folktales. August House. 1993.
- Maguire, Jack. Creative Storytelling: Choosing, Inventing, & Sharing Tales for Children. Yellow Moon Press. 1991.
- Maguire, Jack. The Power of Personal Storytelling: Spinning Tales to Connect with Others. Penguin Putnam. 1998.
- Mellon, Nancy. Storytelling & The Art of Imagination. Yellow Moon Press. 2003.
- Mooney, Bill and David Holt. The Storyteller's Guide: Storytellers Share Advice for the Classroom, Boardroom, Showroom, Podium, Pulpit, and Center Stage. August House. 1996.
- National Storytelling Network. Tales as Tools: The Power of Story in the Classroom. National Storytelling Press. 1994.
- Norfolk, Sherry. The Storytelling Classroom: Applications Across the Curriculum. Libraries Unlimited, 2006.
- Sawyer, Ruth. The Way of the Storyteller. Penguin Books. 1942. 1990.
- Schimmel, Nancy. Just Enough to Make a Story: A Sourcebook for Storytelling. Sisters' Choice Press. 1992.
- Silverman, Lori. Wake me Up When the Data is Over: How Organizations Use Stories to Drive Results. Jossey-Bass. 2006.
- Simmons, Annette. The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence and Persuasion Through the Art of Storytelling. Perseus Publishing. 2002.
- Spaulding, Amy E. The Wisdom of Storytelling in an Information Age: A Collection of Talks. Scarecrow Press, 2004.
- Wortmann, Craig. What's Your Story? Using Stories to Ignite Performance and Be More Successful. Kaplan, 2006.