Admit It! You Love Storytelling, We All Do!

by Benjamin Kocher

If you’ve never had the opportunity to experience professional storytelling (as in the oral tradition of storytelling; J.J. Abrams doesn’t count here), the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival has everything you love about your favorite movie, book, cave painting, etc., and puts it into the heart and mind of the audience.

Storytelling at a Writer’s Conference

By Benjamin Kocher

We are a storytelling people. Humans have been doing it since the dawn of time, and while there are plenty of other storytelling mediums around these days, oral storytelling is seeped in history, tradition, and the ability to captivate the listener in a way no other medium can.

Timpanogos Storytelling Goes Back to School

By Marilee Clark

When did you first catch the storytelling bug? Can you remember the first time you were charmed as a professional teller spun a captivating tale? For more than 154,000 Utah students, their first taste of the storyteller’s art has happened in their very own school.

Building Your Personal Story

Written by Kim McCloskey

“It's like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” ― Patrick Rothfuss, Who are you building out of the story in your head?

3 Storytelling Tips for Teachers

Written by Kim McCloskey

The key to making any lesson go from interesting to memorable is a story. A carefully chosen, well-timed story can help a student understand and remember the lesson, and – more importantly- understand how to apply the lesson to their lives. Researchers have found that a human brain can retain more information if it is given in story form then if it is given through a list. . .

A Writer’s View of the Storytelling Festival

Benjamin Kocher

When I first heard about storytelling, I assumed it was all just glorified children's stories. But the art of storytelling is so much deeper than that.

Getting to Know Josh Goforth

Courtney Burns

From his Appalachian Mountain accent to his incredible talents on pretty much all the instruments, Josh Goforth is one of those storytellers you really...

Getting to Know Charlotte Blake Alston

Courtney Burns

One of Timpanogos’ favorite storytellers, Charlotte Blake Alston has a wonderful way of weaving stories that allow...

Getting to Know Sam Payne

Madeleine Hamblin

Sam Payne, hailing from right here in Utah, is a stellar teller of stories and songs. Each time I hear him I am impressed with his skill and abilities. A writer, teller, teacher, and radio personality we are happy to have him with us at the festival again this year to share...

Getting to Know Catherine Conant

Courtney Burns

Catherine Conant grew up in a large Italian family in New Jersey where she learned to stitch together the things of family and of imagination to...

Getting to Know Michael Reno Harrell

Madeleine Hamblin

We are excited to welcome Michael Reno Harrell to the festival for the first time this year! Coming from the Southern Appalachian Mountains his stories and songs have been described best as “like a breakfast of butter and molasses on a warm biscuit…

Getting to know Tim Lowry

Kim McCloskey

Tim Lowry is back with his southern charm, dry wit and hopefully a Gullah story or two. We've asked him a few questions to help you get to know him a bit.