Some thank yous are in order!

Written by Kim McCloskey

It's that time again. The tents are empty, the memories are fresh and we are feeling gratitude in our hearts, so some thank yous are in order.

How to Prepare Students for Assemblies with Storytellers

Written by Kim McCloskey

There are many benefits to having a professional storyteller visit your school. Storytelling helps students develop listening skills. Stories are the building blocks of imagination, stories teach character, and storytelling can foster the desire to read independently.

The Benefits of Live Storytelling: Why You Should Attend This Year’s Festival

Written by Kim McCloskey

The Festival is only two weeks away and the hundreds of volunteers behind the scenes are busy getting last minute logistical details worked out. It's a big project which requires a lot of coordination, but every year for the last 25 years it all seems to work itself out. The storytellers arrive, the audience gets settled in and then the magic happens- imaginations are fired up, the energy of the crowd becomes palpable, and memories are brought to life.

Preserving the Life Story of a Loved One

Written by Kim McCloskey

A couple days ago I was listening to a story by Dolores Hydock called Occam’s Razor on the radio program The Apple Seed . The story is about how blessed she was after her mother’s diagnosis of cancer. It really struck home with me because we had recently dealt with the death of a loved one due to cancer and had also felt the blessings in disguise that had come from that experience. Even though our family has lost a beloved grandfather, we know that he can live on in the stories that we pasRead More ...

Films that celebrate storytelling

Written by Kim McCloskey

Rev up your appetite for the upcoming Festival with some films that celebrate storytelling. At the end of this article is a list of movies that pay homage to the art of oral storytelling. If you want to read about upcoming movies and get scholarly with your study of film and storytelling, read on. If you would rather just look through the movie list, skip forward. Either way, enjoy the celebration, and we’ll see you at the Festival!

Spider Fest “Get Inspidered”- on Antelope Island

Written by Kim McCloskey

Are you a storyteller who has a spider-themed story to tell, or do you know one? The Timpanogos Storytelling Institute would like to make you aware of the Spider Fest to be held August 9th on Antelope Island. We're passing along this letter from Justina Parsons-Bernstein, the coordinator of the Festival.

How to Become an Infamous Liar

Written by Kim McCloskey

I was late posting this article because I had a drip in my bathtub, which turned into a gush that filled my tub and spilled out into hallway. Before I could reach the water main the whole basement was flooded and I had to swim with the pipe wrench in my mouth down to the valve. The valve was stuck tight and I couldn't turn it, so I swam up for air and was washed out into the yard, down the gutter and into the Provo River. Eventually my husband picked me up in our ski boat while I was bobbing in Read More ...

The Story of Scheherazade

Written by Tom Mitchell

In co-sponsorship with the Utah Valley Symphony, we will be presenting The Story of Scheherazade, narrated by Charlotte Blake Alston on April 30-May 1, 2014. These stories, often called the Thousand and One Arabian Nights, were told by Scheherazade, a fictional princess who told her husband these stories each night in order to prevent herself from being executed. With the soul-stirring music of Rimsky-Korsakov as a setting, this will be a memorable and enriching experience.

Welcome! A Short Prep on this Year’s Conference

Dale Burns

Welcome to this year’s Timpanogos Storytelling Conference at the Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. We are so pleased that you are joining us! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Conference Center located at 101 West 100 North in Provo, Utah. Please plan on parking in the Marriott Parking Garage . . .

Storytelling and Sochi

Written by Kim McCloskey

I’m watching the Olympics as I write this, speed skating to be exact. What I love most about the games is not the competition, or even watching athletes push themselves to accomplish amazing feats of strength, dexterity and endurance. What I love are the stories in all their varieties, the quests for personal triumph, the journeys of self-mastery, stories of redemption, the tragedies . . .

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.