Festival Reflections: Lies, Laughs, and Life

Written by Christina Sanders

Another storytelling festival has come to an end, and we’re left to share the stories, laughs and lessons with our family and friends. Stories offer many takeaways if you’re looking for them. Below are just a few mixed in with the lies, laughs and life lessons.

5 Questions for Kate Campbell

By Kim McCloskey and Madeleine Hamblin

A great southern writer Eudora Welty once said, “Southerners love a good tale. They are born reciters, great memory retainers, diary keepers, letter exchangers . . . great talkers” and it’s clear that Kate Campbell loves a good tale.

Festival Tips for 2015

Written by Kim McCloskey

Here are some tips to help you get most out of your 2015 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival experience.

5 Questions for Tim Lowry

Written by Courtney Burns

Ringling was my first introduction to show business and I still LOVE the circus. What a great metaphor for life—the highwire (life is all about balance), the lion tamer (life is dangerous, best to know that going in), the acrobats (strength is good, but grace is even better), and clowns (Smile! Count it all joy, and smile!).

5 Questions for Jim May

Written by Kim McCloskey

If you go to this year's festival looking for a seasoned storyteller with a rich, resonant voice who focuses on family, then Jim is your man.

Bil Lepp is coming!

Written by Kim McCloskey

We’re busy, busy, busy! The Timpanogos Storytelling Institute offers storytelling concerts, workshops, contests and school programs, not only during our annual festival, but throughout the year. Recent events have included the Utah’s Biggest Liar Contest, and concerts by Charlotte Blake Alston, Kim Weitcamp, Donald Davis and Steffani Raff. Our current offering is a Bil Lepp telling tall tales at the Thanksgiving Point Gardens on May 4.

No journal? All is not lost!

Written by Kim McCloskey

So, you want to build a story from personal experiences but you didn’t keep a journal? All is not lost. Categorical memory triggers, or journal prompts can help you remember and rebuild past events and moments.

A List of Storytelling Resources for Teachers – Our thanks for all you do

Written by Kim McCloskey

It’s the season for giving thanks and at the Timpanogos Storytelling Institute we are grateful for the many teachers and librarians who touch the lives of students with their storytelling. To show our appreciation, we have compiled a list of resources to help you enhance your storytelling.

Radio Programs that Celebrate Story

Written by Kim McCloskey

While face-to-face storytelling is the ideal, most of us can't attend storytelling festivals or sit around a campfire each weekend so we have to get our fill through other mediums such as radio, which is still one of the best places to find great oral storytelling.

Hauntings – What can we learn from a good scary story?

By Kim McCloskey

Can you think of the first really scary story that you heard? Perhaps it was a ghost story at a sleepover, or an urban legend around a campfire. Do you remember how you felt? If you are like me, you probably felt fear and excitement simultaneously. What is it that draws us to these stories? Is it just the adrenaline rush, or is there something we can learn about ourselves in these dark corners?