Storyteller John Weaver - Legends & Laughter for All Ages
Frequently-Asked Questions


Can you tell me about your storytelling?
My storytelling is aimed at entertaining children, making them laugh-- and getting them interested in hearing more by reading with the grownups in their lives.  These are lively, interactive sessions well-geared toward each age group.  I also hold family storytelling sessions for special school events, where the early childhood/family literacy message is hit home in storytelling designed to entertain the adults as well as the children.
 
Are you only a children’s storyteller?
No!  I am here to tell to whoever will listen!  I talk a lot about storytelling to children & families, but I love to share stories with adults as well—and many senior adults love a good story.  I’m happy to share some with them.
 
Will you travel to my city/state/country & share stories?
Yes!  I love sharing stories wherever I can.  To defray travel expenses, it may be necessary for us to arrange multiple events in your region, so help in setting up events with libraries, schools, museums, & other event producers will make things happen.
 
How much do you charge?
Not so much—and nonprofits & educational institutions are offered a discount!  Also, if you would like to arrange for multiple sessions of storytelling—either same day or over multiple visits—further price breaks are offered.
 
What’s the maximum number of attendees in a session?
I think that we can be more effective when the size of the group is limited—but I know that is not always possible.  I have told to groups well in excess of a couple of hundred, and I’ve told to just a handful.  To help schools manage smaller groups (i.e. grade-level assemblies, where I can better tailor content developmentally), I offer considerable discounts for booking multiple storytelling events.
 
Do you read books to the audience?
I practice the traditional art of storytelling, which predates books & is focused on the verbal sharing of a story using vocal variation, gesture & eye contact.  It’s a very interactive experience.
If you are looking something closer to a library or preschool storytime, where the focus is more on reading books, we can arrange something—because I am certainly experienced in that, and do it in my storyteller’s way!
 
Are you available for children’s birthday parties?
I am, but I do encourage parents to consider the option of donating a storytelling performance to their child’s classroom, instead.  It's cheaper, it’s a wonderful gift to an educational institution, and it may possibly even be taken as a charitable contribution.  In-home party storytelling events can be difficult, as there are often many distractions: toys, food, television, grown-ups socializing in earshot of the event.  In a distraction-free area, where everyone is supporting the goals of storytelling, an amazing time can be had—and I welcome the chance to be a part of it.
 
Do you have videos online of your storytelling performances?
This is a tricky one, because to me, the art of storytelling is very much a "you really need to be there" experience, and because every performance is different--different crowds, different venues, different clients.  Every experience, even with the same stories, is unique.

That being said, the most direct answer is now YES!  Scroll down for a few minutes of me getting some help from a young audience as I try to make my way through "Goldilocks & the Three Bears."

By the way, if you'd like some impressions from people who have seen me perform multiple times, I can put you in touch with some of my regular clients! 
 
Where can I watch you perform?
A list of my upcoming public performances is available on my blog.
 
 
 
Have another question, or want more details? CONTACT ME!


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Storyteller John Weaver: performance clip
I am perpetually confused by the story, "Goldilocks & the Three Bears." Here, I stumble my way through, with lots of help from the families at Children's Fairyland in Oakland, California. January 2012