Ohio Order for the Preservation of Storytelling

Supporting the Art of Storytelling throughout Ohio.

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Thanks for dropping in!  If you have a storytelling event that is located in Ohio feel free to add it to our events list! Or write a blog post about your event afterwards!Currently our big event is April 16th!  Read all about at Pearls of Wisdom and Other Story Treasures A Day of Storytelling in the Heart of Ohio

Here is a Flyer of the Event. Day of Ohio Storytelling 4/16/2016

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Ohio Day of Storytelling-30th Anniversary Celebration-April 16, 2016

Join us at Highbanks Nature Center for a full day of storytelling -- free!

Lyn Ford, featured teller, is joined by many friends in the storytelling community in a day that alternates planned concert hours with 1/2 hour story swap sessions (drawing names from hats) Lyn will take the stage at 10 am and 1 pm joined by colleagues for programs of humor and heart, which may include some wacky characters.

At 11:30 a.m., the Watoto Village Youth Storytellers with Emiley Bailey, will take the stage, joined by others in the youth storytelling movement.

2:30 pm features Miami Valley Storytellers Jonatha & Harold Wright, Eric Wolf and Lisa Holmes

The 3:30 story swap will be dedicated to those members of O.O.P.S! Whose voices we no longer hear, including Rick Carson

At 4 p.m. We honor the founders with their stories. What could be better?

After a break for our annual meeting and dinner, we reconvene at the beautiful, spacious North Shelter, complete with warm… Continue

Posted by Janelle Reardon on April 9, 2016 at 1:10pm

The Safety of Scary Stories

Scary stories serve a purpose beyond being creepy entertainment and a healthy adrenaline rush.  For both children and adults, scary stories provide opportunities for acknowledgment: that there are worrisome things in the world (logic and reason; that we do fear at times and that emotion is natural and okay (emotional literacy and self-protective awareness); that we can walk through the shadowy moments, face fears, and make choices that help us get beyond them (critical thinking, problem solving, conflict resolution), and that life goes on after something scary happens (hope, trust, relief, joy!).

Children can learn coping mechanisms, if-then processing and problem-solving skills, as well as…

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Posted by Lynette Ford on September 14, 2015 at 1:00pm

Telling Scary Stories

I enjoy telling ghost tales - many of the ones I tell come from family stories or are expanded on local lore. The more "intense" ones I keep for older audiences, and tell my version of "Legs Down the Chimney" and "Potato" to younger ones. Usually when I tell to younger audiences, I have them join me in "Little Orphan Annie" refrain of "And the goblins will get you . . . "

I think ghost stories allow us to explore the unknown -- let us think about our own mortality. So many tales have love lost, love found, revenge, regret, helpfulness -- all part of our human condition. They allow us to ask what IS behind the veil?

That said, the West Virginia Storytelling Guild will be presenting a ghost story…

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Posted by Judi Tarowsky on September 14, 2015 at 10:30am

Planning a Spooky Event

I try to plan a Spooky Story Event each Friday the 13th.  November 13, 2015, I will be performing Spooky Stories at Jay County High School (FFA Firepit), Portland, IN at 7:00 PM.  Students will perform with me at this event as a fund raiser for the JCHS Drama Club.

I use a battery-operated Chattervox amplification system that I wear on my body.  This allows me to move around (and get out of smoke) and get closer to my audience (especially good for jump stories).  I prepare family-friendly spooky stories for the first 30-40 minutes that use audience participation (Squeaky Door, etc.)  I then have a short break to explain that stories will progressively become scarier.  Families with young children can choose to leave or "take a walk" or have a…

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Posted by Carol Knarr Gebert on September 12, 2015 at 9:30pm

"There is something spookily attractive about scary stories."

I think telling a scary story is fine for young children, providing it is a safe scare and not blood and guts.  Depending upon my audience, I will replace the word "witch" with "wise old woman" or "hag."  I save the gruesome stories for my 6th graders and adults.  

A frightful jump story can be fun, such as Ghost with the One Black Eye or Tillie; or perhaps a silly ending to a scary story such as Ruby Red Lips or The Yellow Ribbon are fun groaners. …

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Posted by Deborah Hercsek on September 7, 2015 at 1:30pm

Samhain / Hallowe'en Tales

My favorite season for telling tales is zipping toward us apace - Hallowe'en! I l love telling the stories of this season, but that wasn't always so. As a child I had a babysitter/nanny who told my brothers and I that tale of "Tam Lin' and she left nothing out! It was incredibly scary!  When I started my storytelling journey, I avoided scary tales until I heard fellow teller Mike Follin tell "Old Wicked John and the Devil" by a bonfire one night on the floodplain of the Scioto River with a cemetery as backdrop. It was a "scary" tale per se, but it did not freak the 4th graders out. At that point I realized I could tell tales like that, scary, but not necessarily SCARY!

A friend gave me a copy of "Tam Lin" geared for children. It was 2 years before I actually…

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Posted by Melanie D. Pratt on September 7, 2015 at 11:00am

Ghost and other scary stories--a few thoughts

I was recently asked for advice on telling ghost stories and thought I might pass along some of my thoughts...

           Most true ghost stories are sad, often tragic tales involving the unexpected loss of life or love; the grey lady haunting the graveyard where her young soldier lies, the lost child looking for home, the soul wandering the place that consumed its life or saw its last moment on earth. These are ghosts that won’t harm the living; they are wrapped in their own solitary world. No, the really scary stories are when a spirit remains for an evil or selfish purpose—revenge, perhaps, or greed. Or maybe just a desire for a companion in death. Those are the ones that send the chills down your back. Especially when they are coming for…

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Posted by Cathy Jo Smith on September 6, 2015 at 11:30am

Twenty Thousand People - 50 people at a time.

For the last seven years the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners have been telling stories at the Young's Jersey Dairy Scary Barn.  We have performed to over twenty thousand people in groups as small as 2 and as large as 70.  We have told stories that have made audiences jump and shiver in fear.  We have told stories to make the night colder or hotter.  We prep them for the hay ride and we thrill and chill them for the dark.  We tell stories that are are appropriate for the age of the audience.  Mostly we tell the same stories over and over again, each year and we get really good at the stories we tell. Each year we offer them new tales, so we have quite a repertoire now, after seven years.  In the beginning they came for the ride.  But more and more in recent years they have come for the…

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Posted by Eric Wolf on September 4, 2015 at 8:00pm

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