Community Outreach

As part of our commitment to bringing storytelling to underserved audiences in our community, we are offering three community outreach programs in spring 2019:

1. Free festival tickets for all students 18 and under and their teachers: Register for your free tickets through, and contact us at if you need more information.  

2. A free professional development workshop for teachers: On April 11 (the day before the festival), Bobby Norfolk, an award-winning storyteller and educator, will present a free workshop for area teachers on how to use storytelling to engage even the most apathetic of learners. Click here for more information. Email to sign up.

3. A free workshop on storytelling as a form of self-care for caregivers: On April 14 (the day after the festival), Leslie Shelley, a north Georgia native who has been telling stories for more than 40 years, will present a storytelling workshop especially for caregivers. Leslie strongly believes in the power of stories to bring hope, encouragement, and healing. She has helped many people learn about the healing power of sharing your experiences. Participants will experience how storytelling can enhance their quality of life by giving them an outlet to express the challenges and joys of providing care for others. Caregivers from all walks of life are welcome. This will be a small, supportive, and confidential group experience. The workshop is free, and participants will also receive free tickets to the storytelling festival. Childcare will be available. For more information, click here. Email to sign up.