Who We Are

2016 Festival - March 31


Mission Statement

The Florida Storytelling Association is a non-profit membership organization that supports the art and craft of oral storytelling through community and connection. Our annual festival brings members together for listening, learning, telling, fellowship, diversity, and encouraging our youth.

Board of Directors

Joel Ying, President
Nancy Case, Vice President
Kip Barkley, Treasurer
Margaret Kaler, Secretary
Jerry Smith
Debra Weller

*Please consider volunteering to be a part of our Board of Directors. We have elections annually at the membership meeting of our festival. Submit application here.


Our Story

We are storytellers, story listeners and story lovers.  We are people just like you with a story to tell.

In 1984, Jennifer Bausman and Annette Bruce, two women who loved storytelling, organized the first Florida Storytelling Camp at a rustic, Florida campground.  It was so successful, a year later they founded the Florida Storytellers’ Guild.  In 2000, we became the Florida Storytelling Association.

This annual story camp quickly became a nationally known event.  Each spring we welcome storytellers from throughout Florida and across the United States to attend

workshops led by world-renowned storytellers.  The weekend features storytelling concerts and, best of all, the camaraderie of other tellers.  Today, beautiful Mount Dora is our home and host to The Florida Storytelling Festival.

From its simple beginning,  FSA has nurtured the growth and development of storytelling in Florida.  Today we continue to grow, offering support for educational gatherings throughout the state and grants to local affiliates producing area storytelling festivals and concerts.