Tampa/Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival

2018 Featured Teller: Kuniko Yamamoto

Coaching Manual

Thanks to a grant from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Junior League of Tampa, Inc., storytelling coaching manuals are available. All principals, assistant principals, and media specialists in Hillsborough County public and private elementary, middle and high schools should have received a manual. If you cannot locate your school’s copy (it’s white with a purple castle on the front) or you are not affiliated with a Hillsborough County public or private school, look on this website for “Coaching Manual” or call Lorie Toni at (813) 273-3764 or Jody Wren at 813-273-3764 for a free copy—or

If you call to request a copy, please note that there is a nominal charge of $5.00 per manual for anyone outside the Hillsborough County area.

Manual Highlights

Virginia Rivers, Victoria Gregor, and Amy Crane spent a year revising, updating, and expanding the Committee’s manual for teaching storytelling. This manual guides novice tellers step by step through the process of turning shy and awkward children into Festival Quality Storytellers who can confidently stand in front of an audience and share a story. Manual highlights include:

  • suggested lesson plans, with a timeline,
  • a variety of storytelling games and activities,
  • detailed instructions on coaching storytellers,
  • suggested curriculum tie-ins,
  • Sunshine State Standards and Hillsborough County FCAT benchmarks covered by a storytelling unit, and
  • a professional bibliography of books and websites for further help in bringing storytelling into your classroom.

This manual has all the information you need to get started. The information in the manual is helpful for enhancing your curriculum with storytelling, even if you are not planning to participate in the Festival. See information above on where to find a manual or download a copy.

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Contact Us

M. Falvey
c/o Tampa-Hillsborough County Library
102 E. 7th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
info@tampastory.org
813-204-2659

What the Festival contributes:

Involving the community …

The Storytelling Festival Committee takes pride in the number and variety of people from throughout the Tampa area that are involved in the Festival.The Festival Committee handles planning, marketing, fund raising, and administrative details. Members include librarians, recreation department employees (city and county), professional storytellers, teachers, school administrative personnel, business people, computer people, community leaders, and parents of student tellers.

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Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library, Home of the 38th Annual Hillsborough County-Tampa Storytelling Festival: 1505 Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33602

Countdown!

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What they’re saying:

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“This [Festival] is a wonderful opportunity to see and hear storytelling at its best by some terrific young talent. Great job Storytellers!”

— Deanna Long, Festival Attendee

In Memory

Virginia RiversThe Annual Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival is dedicated to the memory of Virginia Rivers