Upcoming Storytelling Events

Club Vision
Outreach to vision imparied -
"The Power of
Personal Stories"

May 20, 2017
End of the year Surprise -
Folk and Fairy Tales
for Third Graders
Copperview Elementary

May 23, 2017

Story Crossroads Festival Story Artist
Murray Park
Murray , Utah

June 30, 2017
Jan shares a story at the National Storytelling Conference in
Kansas City, Missouri. Honoring the theme of Migration and Immigration, Jan will be telling the story of her Grandma’s journey from Germany in a piece called “There are Castles in Germany”

September 8, 2017
Timpanogos Storytelling Festival
Jan shares pre-show stories at the new festival venue -
The Show Barn
Thanksgiving Point
Lehi, Utah

Listen to Jan's story "Covering"
on the Apple Seed Radio Program on KBYU Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio channel 143. The Episode is called "Family Stories from the Crossroads Stories Workshop"

More information at

Jan Christiansen Smith

Storyteller- Educator-Workshop Presenter

Bio | Credentials | Applause | Venues

Jan at the Timp Storytelling festivalJan honed her storytelling skills during her years in the trenches as an army wife, entertaining her five children during long car trips while moving from one duty station to another. With a degree in Speech and Drama, Jan has appeared in many productions and was a member of the Old Lyric Repertory company.

Jan telling stories sittingJan is a former high school drama teacher. She currently is a reading teacher in a Title I school. She uses the power of stories to entice reluctant readers. A workshop presenter with innovation and insight and a storyteller who strikes a chord with humor, Jan believes stories make us laugh, connect us to our past, and keep us sane in a crazy world.

Jan C. SmithJan is a member of the Olympus Chapter of the Utah Storytelling Guild and the National Storytelling Network. Jan has seized opportunities to learn at the feet of master tellers. Listen for laughter as adult audiences appreciate her piece “Love is Blind- At least it Makes you Want to Close your Eyes” – spotlighting the love stories in her family. Sense the anticipation as elementary students sit in rapt attention listening to “The Gift of the Crocodile”. Jan turns a phrase turns up the humor and grabs the Ah ha moment.