Upcoming Storytelling Events

Febraury 22-24, 2017
Find Jan telling stories at Weber State Storytelling Festival
Ogden, Utah

April 20 & 21, 2017
Jan will perform at the
Story Crossroads Festival at the Virdian Center
Salt Lake City, Utah

February - March 2017
Storytelling residency at
Grant Elementary School in conjunction with the Murray City StorytellingFestival

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

More information at


Magic Wand Storytelling - Reaching Reluctant Readers

Start with once upon a time and rev up your struggling readers with the power of story. Jan uses her expertise as a Title I reading teacher and storyteller to demonstrate techniques using story to incite reading fluency, comprehension and even decoding in unexpected and engaging ways. Fairy tales and phonics, who knew?

What My Tale Told Me - The Trauma and Triumph of Personal Tales

To tell or not to tell, that is the question. Fasten your seat belts. We expect some turbulence as we discuss the trauma of sharing a personal story, as well as, the triumph. We’ll hear stories, discover stories and decided if ours are ready for prime time. Bring along snippets of you stories, family sayings of folk wisdom you love.

Location, Location, Location

You will be enchanted with the magic of story, entertained with humor, drama and insight, and empowered with skills to share your own family stories. The treasure awaits!

Once Upon a Teacher - Celebrating Storytelling in the Schools

Storytelling techniques and resources to reinforce your curriculum.

Throw a Rope - The Power of your Personal Stories

A story doesn’t preach or chide or correct. It connects. Students need to hear the voice and experience of caring adults.

Storytelling Spotlights Writing

Finding and telling personal stories empowers students to write.



Repertoire Highlights

Stories for Schools, libraries and literacy events

Performances can feature interactive poems and story stretches for the liveliest patrons.

If the the shoe fits - Variants on Cinderella Stories spotlighting The Gift of the Crocodile by Judy Sierra

Scary and Not so Scary Stories featuring, The Drum, Bony Legs and The Shark God

The Power of Three - Three Bears, Three Pigs, Three Goats

Run as Fast as you Can - featuring Gingerbread Man and Clay Boy

For Older Children- The Bearskinner and The Months

Stories for a more sophisticated audience:

Personal Tales told with Humor

The Tall Tale -adolescent angst of being tall

Love is Blind- love stories of the ancestors

Gotcha Convered - what I learned from mom about covering the toilet seat

Got it Handled – what I learned from my adult children.

A bit more serious:

Pomp and Circumstances - graduation through new eyes

Homes of the Brave - military families on the move

There are Castles in Germany - My German Grandma comes to America