Timpanogos Storytelling Conference

Written by Kim McCloskey

Hello friends! If you haven't had the opportunity to attend the Timpanogos Storytelling Conference, let me tell you, it is a treat. Imagine sitting with some of your favorite storytellers from the summer festival and getting to know them on a whole new level while learning the secrets of their craft. I had the opportunity to attend a series of workshops in August 2012 and . . .

We’re Going to RootsTech!

Written by Adrian Selle

Do you love family stories? Do you love technology? Do you love finding family stories with technology? If you said yes to any of these questions, RootsTech is for you! We are excited to bring Timpanogos Storytelling to the Expo Hall at the Salt Palace Convention Center this weekend, Thursday-Saturday, February 6-8th.

Holiday Story Prompts – Do You Remember When?

Written by Adrian Selle

The holiday season is a time for stories. With traditions, people, and places we love, there are so many memories to be discovered and stories to be shared. Throughout the month we have been posting a story prompt to open a door into your memory. Please feel free to share your comments here, but more importantly, share them with someone you love.

John McCutcheon is Coming!

Written by Kim McCloskey

You may have heard John perform at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and if so,you know how entertaining he can be, but his festival performances are just the tip of the iceberg. On November 23 John is coming to Utah and this is your opportunity to see him at his best, on a stage, in full concert. John will take you on a journey and the whole family is invited to come along...

Congratulations to Kaleidoscope Pictures

Written by Adrian Selle

We love our sponsors! Timpanogos Storytelling simply would not survive without them. Today, we would like to congratulate our superstar sponsor, Kaleidoscope Pictures. They were awarded a Regional Emmy for their program, The Song That Changed My Life: Howard Jones. Kaleidoscope first connected with Timpanogos Storytelling in 2011 when they filmed What’s Your Story? A Donald Davis Workshop. Along the way, they fell in love with storytelling. . .

Encounter at the Library – Part Two

Written by April Johnson

I tried to warn them, but they came anyway, all 24 contestants, came and told their scary stories. All seemed to be going well; no sign of danger anywhere. The stories were creative and fantastic. The judges and I agreed that time was flying by and we were entertained as was the audience. Then we heard a rushing sound coming from the north side of the room as the giant mass of red goo swept through the Storytelling Wing like a flash flood. What was I supposed to do? I had no weapons . . .

Our Story in Pictures

Written by Courtney Burns

It was such a wonderful year for the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and so it is no wonder that we are having a hard time officially saying goodbye. But, alas, all things must come to an end—and besides we have some fun things coming up in the next couple of months. As we make our final goodbye, we offer this look back in pictures at the 24th annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival:

Encounter at the Library – Part One

Written by April Johnson

It is Saturday, 6 pm at the Orem Public library and I have just picked up the last of the entry forms for our new “Hauntings” storytelling competition. The library is now closed and I head back to my car so excited for the contest next weekend I can hardly stand it. I tuck the entry forms under my arm. As I approach my car I notice it is partially engulfed in a red gelatinous mass. . .

Scary Stories with Timpanogos

Written by Courtney Burns

With the temperatures (finally!) starting to creep slowly down the thermometer, my thoughts are increasingly turning toward my very favorite season: fall. With sweaters, hot chocolate, all things pumpkin flavored, leaves changing colors, crisp air, boots, soup, and football, what is not to love about this season? And with Halloween just around the corner. . .

An Open Letter about Donald Davis’ Retreat: What’s Your Story?

Written by Anita Strickbine

A few days ago, I returned to Colorado with my family from another extraordinary experience at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. Twenty-four years of excellence is no small feat. Everyone who ever has been or is currently involved in the festival or mid-winter conference can be very proud. I am a storyteller and teacher among many other things. Most of my life, my telling of personal anecdotes was limited to the dinner table or my classroom, usually to make a point. . .

Donald Davis Retreat

Written by Kim McCloskey

The Donald Davis Retreat is just around the corner, next week to be exact. Have you bought your ticket yet? Yes, I’m talking to you, the one who has a secret desire to go to an inspiring five-day retreat to learn from a master storyteller. . .

Black Converse Shoes

Written by Adrian Selle

There is an old saying that goes something like “Never judge a person until you have walked a mile in their shoes.” Wise words, indeed. Why is that true? Is there a story behind where those shoes have been? Does knowing that story make a difference? Perhaps more importantly, where will those shoes go next? On a lighter note, you can learn a lot about a person by the shoes they wear. . .

Papa Syd

Written by Stephanie Ashton

If you would have been sitting in the River Trail tent at Thursday night's "Look Who's Talking," you would have seen two small children riveted to the stage. These children were Syd Lieberman's grandchildren and this was the first time they had seen their grandfather perform on stage. . .