Darlene Green

How long have you been a storyteller? Because I have always loved working with children, it was a natural evolvement for me to become an early childhood educator. When I began teaching over 18 years ago, I discovered that my students really enjoyed listening to me tell stories. I learned that great storytelling is an essential tool and skill in teaching twenty-first-century learners to prepare them for the future. After Read More …

Shout Hallelujah Come On Get Happy!

by Gayle Turner, VASA President If you’re reading this then you know the Virginia Storytelling Alliance website is up and running again. It’s taken two years and countless reversals, and the relentless commitment of many people who I would like to thank here and now: First and foremost, thank you to our Past President, Louise Tucciarone, and our Past Vice-President, Sheila Arnold Jones, for their shepherding of the process during Read More …

Les Shaffer

How long have you been a storyteller? Probably most of my life. I was always telling stories to myself and, as my parents defined it “lies” to others. In elementary school, I would rather make up a book rather than read someone elses’ for a book report. In 1984, I heard my first professional tellers in Seattle at the Northwest Folklife Festival and thought it was possible that I could Read More …