Hey, thanks for checking us out! We are The Storycrafters, Jeri Burns and Barry Marshall, and we have been professional storytellers for longer than we want to admit. Our website will give you details about what we do – http://www.storycrafters.com. This blog will give you details about why we do what we do.
As longtime teachers, writers, and artists, we have seen firsthand the amazing effect that live stortyelling has on people. We have observed many things in our work in schools, libraries, camps, grad schools, inpatient psychiatric units, workshops, and festivals all across the US, Caribbean, and Great Britain. In addition, we read a bunch about storytelling and other related stuff. Yeah we have a lot of perspective and much to share.
We are passionate about all matters related to storytelling. And there are so many storytelling matters – like what kinds of stories to tell, who to share them with, how to tell stories – and there are so many reasons why storytelling matters – in child development, education, healing, and legal settings, to name just a few. It is our life’s work, so we naturally feel strongly and think deeply about it.
But the reason we felt compelled to start this blog now was this: we were in a school show last month where teachers didn’t understand what storytelling was. A classic. time-tested, teaching tool, and they didn’t get it. We are alarmed to think that there might be teachers out there who do not understand how important live storytelling is to their students. This led us to wonder how many others don’t understand the value of storytelling – not just to children in school, but to people and communities everywhere.
Storytelling is humanity’s heirloom. It is age old and ageless, modern and meaningful. This blog is our shout out to the world about just how much storytelling matters.