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Tales to be Told During Annual Storytelling Festival

The Sign Post (Weber State University, Ogden, UT) , November 7, 2005

Summary:

Weber State University's Storytelling Festival offers students, faculty and members of the community the chance to hear world-renowned storytellers who may enlighten, excite and hopefully entertain audiences of all ages.

“Everyone should go,” said Franki Galbraith, WSU elementary education student. “It’s a great thing.”

Galbraith is one of many people who attended last year’s storytelling festival and found the experience to be incredible.

“I sat in the audience; I was completely spellbound,” Galbraith said.

This is the 10th year WSU Department of Teacher Education has sponsored the event. It will take place Nov. 7, 8 and 9. Storytellers for the event will range from local storytellers to world-renowned storytellers. Some of the famed storytellers attending include Donald Davis, Susan Klein, Angela Lloyd and Ed Stivender.

Not only does the storytelling festival entertain students and families, but it also educates students preparing to work in the education field. Paul Pitts, WSU teacher education associate professor, believes his education students gain more than just hearing a good story.

“This is one event that gets them thinking,” Pitts said. “The students are absolutely enthusiastic about it.”

Pitts hopes his education students will gain an appreciation and liking for the festival and hopefully one day bring back their own students. Pitts said much can be learned from the upcoming festival to help enlighten people’s minds.

“It sounds like you’re just going to go listen to a story, but it goes deeper than that,” Pitts said. “Stories are who we are.”

Subjects Covered: storytelling festivals


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