Florida Storytelling Festival


January 24-27, 2019
Mount Dora, Florida

Our Featured Tellers

      Ingrid Nixon                  Margaret Kaler          Sheila Arnold Jones        Shawn Welcome                Sam Payne 

Florida Storytelling Festival is a premier storytelling event, known nationally for its unique combination of workshops, concerts, youthful voices and sense of community.  People come from across the state of Florida and beyond to explore and savor the art of storytelling.

New for 2019 Festival: PRE-CONFERENCE INTENSIVE The 2019 Florida Storytelling Festival is offering an in-depth workshop for those who are serious about the business of storytelling. This one day Pre-Conference Intensive workshop is led by the phenomenal Kaye Byrnes. Jump start your 2019 festival experience with this jam packed informational workshop on Thursday, January 24th from 10am – 5pm.

Then festival officially kicks-off with a special Thursday evening storytelling concert at 7pm. Friday and Saturday offer opportunities to immerse yourself in workshops, storytelling concerts, story swaps, story slams and lots of informal gatherings. Our wonderful Story Store will offer a multitude of storytelling resources.

Workshops are held in meeting rooms at Lakeside Inn.

Stage Concerts: These four concerts will include all of the featured storytellers.  The Thursday evening and Sunday morning concerts will include tellers from the guilds and groups throughout Florida.  The Saturday evening program includes the Youthful Voices Concert with the most awesome young storytellers you can imagine taking the stage.

Swapping Grounds:  Friday and Saturday afternoon the microphone is open for anyone with a story to share. Sign up on-site and take the stage.

Story Slam:  Modeled on The Moth, the public is invited to participate in a Saturday evening open mic session with cash prizes.  As a teller or a listener, The Slam is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.

Florida Fringe:  Three tellers selected by a random drawing will present their own one-person performance on Friday evening.

Front Porch Storytelling: Friday and Saturday you’ll find storytellers on the veranda, sharing tales and spinning yarns.  Pull up a rocking chair and sit a spell.

Youthful Voices: Saturday workshops for young storytellers are open to all and offer a great opportunity to nurture the next generation of storytellers.

StoryCruise:  The festival wraps up Sunday with a storytelling cruise around beautiful Lake Dora.  Enjoy the scenery while a gifted teller shares stories to close out the weekend.