Auburn Winter Storytelling Festival

Auburn Winter Storytelling Festival

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Golden Shovel Award.

Who can tell the biggest lie?  A fundamental rule of good storytelling is that one should never let the truth get in the way of a good story.  Sometimes it is the only rule that matters.  You can be the winner of this prestigious prize at the 2020 Auburn Winter Storytelling Festival.

Want to see a whopper?  You can see one from the 2019 festival right here.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

News Coverage


The Auburn Journal has a piece about the 2020 festival you can read about it here.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

They are back!

Joan McGammon and Ed Lewis are back to run the morning show!

Joan McCammon began telling stories Chautauqua style in Santa Clarita 20 years ago by portraying historical figures in the American Association of University Women’s “Women of History” school program. She has gone on to tell her favorite folk tales at schools, libraries, events, and festivals. She has been a featured Children’s Story Hour teller for the past four years. She was a featured teller in the evening Tellers Showcase at AWSF in 2017.  

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Ed Lewis is a retired Early Childhood Professor who has taught storytelling classes for aspiring teachers. He produces storytelling events in Davis area including Tellebration, The Storytelling CafĂ©, and the Davis Storytelling Extravaganza.  A teller of tall tales he won the award for “Best Liar” in Sacramento and “Biggest Liar” in Auburn. Lewis will be using all his tricks when he collaborates with Joan McCammon for the 10:30 Children’s Story hour.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Don't miss the interview on Capital Public Radio 90.9

Tune into Capital Public Radio 90.9 FM between 9:00 and 10:00 Tuesday January 14.  Chery Anderson and Ruth Stodder with be interviewed on Insight With Beth Ruyak about the Auburn Winter Storytelling Festival. Can't listen live? Go to for the podcast.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Double Duty for Ruth Stotter

Ruth Stotter will not only present this years workshop but she will also be one of our evening program tellers.

Ruth Stotter is a storyteller, folklorist, amateur magician, author and playwright.  She is the retired director of the Dominican University Certificate-in-Storytelling program and received a lifetime achievement Oracle Award from the National Storytelling Network.  She has articles in a variety of scholarly publications and is also the author of Smiles! 101 ways to bring a smile to a child’s face.  In addition, she has produced CD’s on northern California history and in 2018 and 2019 received Fulbright grants to train storytellers in Thailand and India.   We also want you to know that she enjoys telling stories with both a loop of string and origami paper folding.  Ruth has performed and taught workshops on seven continents and is hoping someday she will receive an invite from Antarctica. Visit her website at