Auburn Winter Storytelling Festival

Auburn Winter Storytelling Festival

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Friday, January 25, 2019

Presser one more time

I have had a few requests for what time different events will start so I am reposting the press release with the times in it.  Hope to see you all tomorrow!


The Auburn Winter Storytelling Festival on January 26, 2019 is a free community event bringing together storytellers from all over the state.  The all-day event is at General Gomez Art Center, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn, California 95603.

A children’s hour with stories and music for families starts off the day at 10:30 am. Ed Lewis and Joan McCammon keep the little ones entertained with songs, stories and maybe even a parade.

After a lunch break a free workshop titled “Story Play”  taught by Joan Stockbridge will share tips and techniques to improve or even just began your own storytelling journey.

Open Telling starts at 2:45. Anyone in the audience and tell a story. Rules are that the story must be no more than five minutes, must be family friendly, and told with no notes or props. Sign-up forms are available at the welcome desk.

Who is the biggest liar in the neighborhood? The Liar’s Contest starts at 4:30 pm and gives tall tale tellers a chance to lay it on thick. Again, rules are a five-minute limit, family friendly and told with no notes or props. Tellers are asked to sign-up earlier in the day.

At 6:30 pm six regional storytellers perform stories for a grown-up audience.  Here is where you will hear about the lovely heifer taken to be serviced by a big ugly Brahma bull, or the holiday pie lost off the top of Dad’s car, or flapjacks that saved a family’s fortune in gold dust or…what will this year’s stories be?

The entire day is FREE to the public made possible by sponsors that include the Auburn Arts Commission and the Arts Council of Placer County. This is the fourth Auburn Winter Storytelling Festival presented by the Foothill Storytelling Guild, an eclectic group of foothill people interested in keeping alive the art of telling stories aloud. AWSF is planned and executed by dozens of volunteers.

For more information: or email

Check out several 2018 tellers at Auburn Winter Storytelling Festival You Tube

Press release from Chery Anderson 530-613-1153

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Can ya tell a whopper

One of our feature events is the Liar's contest.  The one that can shovel it the best will be awarded the coveted Golden Shovel Award.  Here are the rules.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Local Talent and Guild member Mike Tomson in the evening lineup

I have been out telling with Mike for fundraisers and at our guild events.  Listening to Mike is always a treat. 

We welcome back to our stage, Mike Tomson. Mike has experience teaching, presenting, coaching, and telling in a number of venues. He  captivates his audiences with life stories and indigenous lore. Raised in an oral island tradition, he remembers histories; carved in the rafters and shared in the fire light. Mike knows the power that words have, to shape our perceptions and our experiences. Through navigation, he was taught that we stay still, and that our stories pull everything in the world to us. Mike invites us to travel in our imagination, knowing that whatever we believe in becomes a part of us. He also reminds us that stories nourish our souls.  Journey with him to places far and near, past and present.  
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