5 storytellers had their stories taped at Choctaw Public Library Saturday, September 26. This project developed by Rosemary Czarski and Chester Weems was designed to help storytellers improve their skills by making a video so each teller could see what the audience sees. Each participant will receive a DVD of approximately 15 minutes of herself telling 2-3 stories. Pictured is Oklahoma storyteller, Susie Beasley. Future similar events are being planned so watch this space for news.



Long time storyteller, educator, photographer Chester Weems has been recognized for his photos by the Woodward Plains and Indians Museum. Chester has long been the 'unofficial' chronicler of the sights related to almost all the major storytelling figures in Oklahoma over the last decade. His collection of photos runs into the thousands. Congrats to Chester! Chester Weems is currently working 'collecting family stories and photographing storytellers.' Phone: 405-324-4061 Cell 405.831-1176.

Ghost Gals On The Go

Having a wonderful time are the members of the holiday troupe, GhostTales2Go, a sub-group of the storytheater troupe, STORIES2GO. Members are Barbara Jones, Marilyn A. Hudson, and Molly Lemmons. See related story below.

Oklahoma Welcomes New Addition to Its Story-scape

Visit Loralee Cooley at her webpage at




Southwestern Christian University is planning a course on storytelling. There is possibility of it being offered online and/or as a special short term course on campus. Details are still being ironed out. SCU is located in Bethany (Rockwell and NW 39th Expressway) and is a North Central accredited institution offering degrees in Business, English, Fine Arts, Religion, and Behavioral Science. They also offer a one night a week degree completion program for working adults and graduate degrees in ministry with additional master's level degrees in Business and Behavioral Science being planned.


Fall means storyelling with the global event called, Tellabration!(r) In Oklahoma, various events are being planned. Tellabration! occurs each November as a celebration of storytelling, usually to highlight the art form for an adult audience, althougth family events are often planned.
From the Territory Tellers website comes this info:

Nov. 17, 2009
Choctaw Library
For more information, contact Rosemary Czarski.

Tellabration--Mayes County Storytellers
Nov. 14, 2009
Ruby's Readery, Locust Grove
Stories under the stars with smores!

A Mid Autumn's Storyteller's Dream!
Nov. 15-17, 2009
Newcastle-OKC (Home of Peggy Farris) Elizabeth Ellis will provide private coaching for a group of six participants.
Fee is $210 and includes lodging and meals.
For more information, contact Peggy Farris, 405-387-3488.

Tellabration: Night of Storytelling
Nov. 19, 2009, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Old Angus Barn, 11 miles south of Seminole, OK
HWY 99 EW 134 (Go west about 1 1/4 miles)
Refreshments provided!
Contact Phillip Harjo or Jeanette Harjo for more information.
405-398-430 or 405-380-3633


The County Line Resturaunt and Ghouli unite to provide some evenings of special fun. Dinner and unique conversation to select groups.

Storyteller Marilyn A. Hudson will be one of the guests :"Storyteller, educator, and author. I tell a broad variety of tales: childrens, ghosts, folklore, women's, and historical. I do workshops on beginning storytelling and on using storytelling to help preserve local history." She also manages a blog called the "Paranormal Librarian" - it features news, reviews, events, oddities, etc. related to the broad range of things paranormal. Marilyn appeared at the 2009 OK Paranormal Conference and will be sharing some of the best ghost stories she has come across in the OKC area."

To make reservations contact



Oklahoma's own Fran Stallings and Barbara McBride Smith have entries in the online search engine, Wikipedia. See it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran_Stallings

The directory of "American Storytellers" is found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:American_storytellers


"Oklahoma Ghost Teller"

Now booking for weekend events at libraries in Central Oklahoma....
Marilyn A. Hudson, author and storyteller, shares 'legends, folklore, literary, and original tales that go bump in the night.' For booking, fees, etc.

[Storytellers, want your ad here - contact marilynahudson@yahoo.com to learn how to get a FREE listing here]



Video Your Storytelling
Time: 9:00am-1:00pm
Location: Choctaw Library (MLS)


Storytellers are invited to come to a story swap with a twist. Come and share your funny stories, sad stories, healing stories, short stories, animal stories and people stories, and get your performance videotaped. Chester Weems, retired educator and amateur storyteller from Yukon who enjoys photography, will videotape performers as they share stories with the audience. This video will be transferred to a high quality DVD (Not HD) for each performer and will be mailed to the performer approximately one week after the program.

This tool will help the performer hone his/her skills or use the end product in marketing the performer.

Performers are encouraged to be part of the audience for other storytellers during this event. Copyright issues will be the sole responsibility of the performer.

Performers will be asked to limit their performance to 12-15 minutes to give fellow storytellers the opportunity to participate. Performers should prepare a brief (15-20 second) bio-introduction to lead into the taping. Priority will be given to storytellers who wish to be videotaped.

There will be a $5.00 mailing and materials resource fee.

Pre-Registration is REQUIRED. Call the Choctaw Library at 390-8418.

Beverages, fruit and pastries will be served. The WayWord Tellers are an Oklahoma City area storytelling group dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the art and tradition of storytelling.

Co-Sponsor: Metropolitian Library System, Choctaw Library, WayWord Tellers and Territory Tellers