Storytelling Festival Celebrates 13th Year at WSU

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University’s 13th annual Storytelling Festival will take place Feb. 23-25, celebrating the ancient custom of storytelling with special guest storytellers and a variety of other activities.

Festival events will take place at the Davis Conference Center, Ogden Eccles Conference Center, Peery’s Egyptian Theater, Treehouse Children’s Museum, various local schools and across WSU’s Ogden campus.

The festival organizers are excited about hosting many of the events on campus this year. “We are really excited to be able to have campus presentations each day,” said Ann Ellis. “They were specifically selected to enhance curriculum across campus. We are especially pleased to be able to have two of our presentations in the George S. Eccles Lecture Hall in the newly dedicated Elizabeth Hall.”

As in past years, the 2009 festival will feature four nationally renowned storytellers: Diane Ferlatte, Angela Lloyd, Randel McGee and Tim Tingle. Ferlatte and Lloyd have been audience favorites at previous WSU storytelling festivals. For McGee and Tingle, it will be their first appearances at the event.

The festival also will feature performances from approximately 30 local storytellers and about 70 student storytellers from Davis, Morgan, Ogden and Weber school districts. Festival organizers hold auditions every other year to choose participants. This is one of the few opportunities in the country for children to share their tales on stage.

The festival continues to grow in popularity. It attracted more than 14,000 visitors last year, and organizers expect this year’s audience could exceed that number.

The WSU Storytelling Festival is unique in that it is the only one in the nation sponsored by a university in partnership with local school districts. A conference format of concurrent sessions over a three-day period allows listeners to select from a variety of storytelling genres.

The annual Meet the Storytellers Dinner will be held Feb. 24 in the Eccles Conference Center. Tickets for this popular event are going fast. Anyone interested in attending the dinner should contact Ann Ellis at 801-626-7343 or

Visit for more information about the festival, including a schedule of events and biographies on this year’s national storytellers. Tickets are not required for any of the events other than the dinner, but donations are welcome.

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Ann Ellis, WSU Storytelling Festival committee chair
801-626-7343 •
Jonathan McBride, office of Media Relations
801-626-6347 •