Storytelling

The San Francisco Free Folk Festival has hosted a storytelling program presented by the Storytelling Association of California (SAC) since 2017.  We are happy to offer this again this year as part of our online 2021 festival.  Pre-registration is required!   You can find the registration link near the top of the festival program page when the link is ready.

The Storytelling Association of California is an organization dedicated to promoting storytelling as a living art form. We tell stories to adults and children, at festivals and schools; we share ideas and strategies for developing and telling stories in all venues; we’re interested in personal stories, as well as traditional tales, legends, and myths. We hope you will join us for workshops and story sets.

SAC is proud to again present a storytelling program at the festival. In the past we have had workshops and concerts, but because of Covid, we have moved away from interactive workshops to Zoom programming. This year we are proud to feature four concerts, each representing an important aspect of SAC. Each of the concerts will be hosted by board members who are intimately involved in these programs.   

Brandon Spars will serve as this year’s emcee for SAC’s four events. Brandon has been a SAC board member for five years and is a storyteller in his own right. He began telling stories in his high school classroom and then took them out to the community about ten years ago. He loves blending personal stories with folktales. He has written four books on the art, craft, and history of storytelling. His next two books will focus respectively on storytelling and cultural appropriation, and American folklore. 

This year’s program:
12:00-1:20 Stories in Living Color, hosted by Rick Roberts
1:30-2:50 Genre Storytelling Extravaganza, hosted by Ed Lewis
3:00-4:20 The SoCal Showcase, hosted by Marilyn McPhie and Tina Tomiyama
4:30-6:00 Tellers from The Jenny Fund, hosted by Roopa Mohan

Or see the Storytelling Room column on the festival program page.