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Storytelling in September

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If you love hearing stories or have kids who do, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City has a great treat for you. The 2011 Storytelling Festival is set for September 9 and 10 at the Arts Council campus, which is located in downtown OKC.

Four storytellers will entertain guests with two evening performance and a late-night selection of ghost stories for adults. A kid-friendly matinee version will also be held on Saturday. One really interesting workshop is entitled “Finding Your Own Voice” and will feature all four storytellers. They will create a story together, blending their own voices together to create a truly unique story.

The four storytellers have very diverse backgrounds, and each brings something unique to the table:

Donald Davis is the featured storyteller at the Smithsonian, and he also serves as a guest host from the NPR program “Good Evening.” He’s originally from North Carolina, and his family has a history of storytelling.

Bill Lepp is an award winning author, storytelling, and even recording artist. Lepp has received the Parent’s Choice Award and the West Virginia Liar’s contest.

Onawumi Jean Moss brings stories that are designed for inter-generational audiences. Her tales are full of interesting characters, entertaining settings, and though-provoking ideas.

Beth Horner rounds out the group. A nationally acclaimed storyteller, she has a number of comical tales to spin. Horner has worked for Live from National Geographic and collected stories for NASA.

In addition to the storytellers, there will also be several workshops that teach participants how to better communicate. Even if you don’t want to be a storyteller, these workshops can improve how you communicate with customers, co-workers, and even your own family. Workshop themes include how to explore family memories, what makes something funny, and how to tell stories based on real, historical events.

If you and your family love stories, head out to the Arts Council campus at 400 W. California Avenue on Sept. 9 and 10. This group sounds like they will put on an amazing event. You can find more information at

A few other blogs talk about the storytelling event.

A Better Life OKC has a short mention of it.

Here’s a great YouTube video with comments about previous storytellers.

Oklahoma Tellers is a great blog with all kinds of news and information related to storytelling in Oklahoma.

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