The "8th Annual Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival" June 13-14, 2014 in Bethany, Oklahoma will have concerts, workshops, ghost tales, and small group story swaps.  Among the workshops will be one exploring the use of storytelling to convey the message and values of the Bible. 

At  9:00 to 10:30 Saturday morning will be BIBLE STORIES ALIVE! with Barbara Wright Jones and Cynthia Calloway. In telling the sacred stories of Scripture brings the Bible and its people to life, and engages audiences in the process. This workship is for anyone interested in learning how to tell a story from scripture. 
Leading the workshop will be Barbara Wright Jones and Cynthia Law Calloway.  

Barbara Wright Jones, who is an award winning author, educator, ordained minister and one-time Nazarene missionary to South America, has been sharing stories for many years.   Barbara Wright Jones caught the storytelling fever when she was a child telling spooky tales to her sisters and friends. She grew up in Oklahoma, but as an adult her love for travel took her throughout the United States and Latin America. After returning to her home state she began telling stories professionally. Her years of travel opened a new world, and she continues to draw on that knowledge, adding life and richness to her stories. 

She has written a book of puppet plays, a short collection of bug poems, stories, and songs, several books for Spanish language teachers, as well as a biography, In the Footsteps of the Pioneers. Her most recent book, Rolling Heads and Other Tales to Tell, is medley of stories of Spanish explorers and folk tales of the native people of the Americas. Her stories and articles have been published in several including The Red Dirt Book 2007 Anthology. 

She has performed story programs in many venues across the United States including libraries, story festivals, schools, conferences, and teacher workshops. She travels with a story group, History of the Heart. Her performances include, legends, inspirational stories, family stories, Bible stories, Folk tales, & bilingual stories.

Cynthia Laws Calloway, (M.Ed, LPC (retired)  lives to be a storyteller exemplar. She specializes in telling stories of women from the Bible and African American sheros. She is a lover of Old Negro Spirituals so you may hear her sing some of those songs in her stories.

Cynthia has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English Literature from The Colorado College, and a Master’s in Education, Guidance and Counseling from University of Central Florida. Yes, she has travels extensively abroad and in the states as a military family member and wife and corporate trainer. She is completing another Master’s degree in Arts and Culture from Phillip Theological Seminary in Tulsa, OK. 
Cynthia Laws Calloway
As an Oklahoma Licensed Professional Counseling (LPC, retired) she worked with trauma and families involved in the Murrah Building bombing, the May 3 tornado and the 9-11 terrorist attack. She now enjoys coaching and counseling individuals to overcome barriers to achievements their goals.  Cynthia’s stories are educational, spiritual and emotionally.

She is married to Roosevelt Calloway and has three daughters, three sons-in-laws, 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  She and Roosevelt are both from Florida and hope to retire back there some day.

For more information and registration: www.territorytellers.org
The event will be held on the campus of Southern Nazarene University, along historic "Route 66" (now NW 39th Expressway).

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