Storyteller Harlynne Geisler
Storytelling in San Diego, Southern California, and the World
Especially Storytelling School Assemblies in San Diego County

Web Sites of Interest to Storytellers

If you’d like to check out any of these sites, just click your mouse on the underlined or different-colored words. If you explore my list of links, you will be leaving my site, so please "bookmark" my site or hit the "Back" button so it will be easy for you to return. Harlynne

Thomas Doty -- Storyteller, Author, Teacher
Storyteller in Residence at Dragonfly Place in the Siskiyou Mountains of southern Oregon.
Web Site:

Writing.Com - We're an online community for writers of all ages, interests and skill levels. Anyone may create a free portfolio and exchange feedback with other writers. We were amongst Writer's Digest's 101 "Best Websites For Writers, 2005" and have thousands of writers within our community.

Fairy Tales Greeting Cards From

The site of motivational speaker Yossi Ghinsberg

Libraries Unlimited & Teacher Ideas Press
Multicultural Folktales, Story Collections, & Storytelling Resources (including my book Storytelling Professionally) 1-800-237-6124

Abstract Fine Art Gallery
Art of different styles and media. Website offers a wide variety of features and services that enable customers and artists to buy and sell
art online.

The JustStories Initiative is an ongoing project that produces and mounts events that present professional storytellers in performance, telling stories about race-relations, diversity and dealing with difference. The aim of JustStories is to increase interracial understanding and cooperation and to "connect" in new ways across the racial divide. e-mail :

Storyteller/Educator Jody Hoelle

CIRCLE OF STORIES, a site developed by Second Story Interactive, is an internet based-project that explores the art, culture and legacy of the Native American oral tradition, was created by Hank Rogerson and Jilann Spitzmiller in collaboration with the Cultural Conservancy, a Native American non-profit organization that works with indigenous communities to protect, restore, and revitalize endangered story, song and language. Browse the Storytelling Gallery and find colorful images, inspirational quotes, poems and stories. In the Culture Gallery, delve into a variety of issues facing Native cultures today through an interactive collage of media and text. Recently chosen as a Yahooligans "Cool Site of the Week," CIRCLE OF STORIES offers a variety of lesson plans for teachers and students at

Carol Birch is one of the best tellers bar none.

Olga Loya is ALSO one of the best tellers, bar none!

Call of Story joint website (NSN & BYU)

Very detailed Resources link for digital storytelling (which basically means storywriting), journaling, and corporate storytelling and other types of telling too:

American Memory
"American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections."

Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts
Links to electronic texts of folk tales. While most of the folk tales are European, there are some from such countries as India, Korea, and Nigeria.

The Multicultural American West
Sponsored by the American Studies Program at Washington State University, this site brings together online documents, journals and other resources for looking at the American West through different cultural groups.

Diversity in America by different cultural/racial/ethnic groups (The following URL will get to their links for African-Americans. Just scroll down to the links section.):

Native American Lore Index Page:

August House - the main publisher of storytelling resources in the US:

Bubbe's Back Porch
Abbe Don's Bubbe's Back Porch features stories about her family, other stories she enjoys, and provides you an opportunity to tell her a story. Jewish stories and mighty good. For adults.

Sergio Troncoso and a few of his Hispanic stories:

San Diego Folk Heritage website for where folk music and dance is happening in the county.

Dreamshapers is dedicated to the preservation and sharing of storytelling, the most ancient of arts - bridging every cultural gap. Through storytelling, we offer entertainment and education to a diverse public, while providing creative and professional outlets for performers and artists.

Dragon products for dragon lovers (t-shirts, lamps, etc.)

Ghosts galore

For more info on Nancy Schimmel's I'm All Ears book:

Story-Lovers produces storytelling greeting cards, bookmarks, bookplates, notepads, postcards and other stationery products featuring illustrations by well-known early 20th century artists from fairy tales, folklore, fables, nursery rhymes, myths, legends, classics and the Bible—free color catalog!

If you live in San Diego and want to come to a meeting of the San Diego chapter of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, go here:
If you live elsewhere and want to learn more about writing books for children, go to:

Mary G. Ketner's web site includes a "You might be a storyteller if" page.

For links to clowns, jumpers, pony rides, shows available, puppet shows, rides, photos, buttons, gift balloons, singing telegrams, popcorn & cotton candy, carnival party, game booths, marketing, personalized buttons & badges, custom balloon printing and more.

These sites feature nation-wide efforts to build youth storytelling across the country.

Find the total Scottish experience, with Wendy Welch and Jack Beck

Storytelling Association of Alta California is a northern California organization.

Ken Corsbie is Caribbean Voices: Storyist, Dramatist, Humorist, Teacher & Poetry Performer.

Wordweavers not only offers a Storytelling Service, it is also about the Everyday Stories of Ordinary People and economical ways of putting those stories into print.

San Diego Writers' Cooperative lists literary events and writing classes and workshops.

The Storytelling FAQ--Frequently Asked Questions are the official internet way of gathering essential advice and resources in one convenient place - the starting point for anyone with questions. This FAQ was compiled from many professionals by Tim Sheppard.

The Story Connection - A website for storytellers, educators, librarians, parents, kids, and story lovers filled with resources, information, and links about storytelling.

San Diego’s source of articles about an incredible number of aspects of Asian culture including martial arts, philosophy, Asian cuisine and stories from today and yesterday.

Encyclopedia of Mythology and Folklore
If you need to research topics or characters from mythology or folklore, this encyclopedia can be a great help.

Shen's Books and Supplies
A supplier of multicultural children's books. Check out their annotated list of Cinderella books from around the world for sale.

Nancy Schimmel’s web site includes annotated bibliographies on active heroines in folktales, traditional stories that address adoption issues, and stories and songs on environmental themes.

Clan MacLachlan Society Southwest USA Branch
I belong to the Clan MacLachlan, one of the most ancient Scottish clans. If your name is some varaiant of MacLachlan, join our organization and learn more about Scottish culture and history.

The San Diego Scottish Highland Games

David Heflick has created a site to find out more about how to make money performing in schools.


NSN Healing Story Association

Storytellers Ring

The index to the Time-Life Enchanted World series is at Papa Joe's website.

How National Storytelling Network may be reached: email them at, or the toll-free number of 800-525-4514. FAX # 423-753-9331 or by writing N.S.N. at 116 1/2 West Main St., Jonesborough, TN 37659.

This librarian in Vancouver, BC is a bit of a book sleuth. She will take pieces of your story memory and find the book you seek.

Banned Books Online
Official site of Banned Books Week (September 22–29, 2001) sponsored by the American Library Association and other organizations. Includes a list of banned or challenged books from the 17th century to 1998, notable quotes pertaining to literary freedom, and links to sites dealing with censorship. Between 1990 and 1998, of the 5,246 challenges reported to or recorded by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, almost seventy percent were to material in schools or school libraries. Another twenty-six percent were to material in public libraries. Sixty percent of the challenges were brought by parents, sixteen percent by patrons, and almost ten percent by administrators.
Banned Books Online is an essay on the history of book banning with a discussion of each work that includes a link to the book's full text. An illustrated edition of "Little Red Riding Hood" was banned in two California school districts in 1989 because the book shows the heroine taking food and wine to her grandmother. The school districts cited concerns about the use of alcohol in the story.
The University of Kansas had an exhibit of banned books in 1955. Dwight D. Eisenhower is quoted as saying in the catalog's introduction, "Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed." The catalog is at this site and now includes links to a list of challenged books of different countries. When Andersen's Fairy Tales were first published in 1835, they were banned in Russia by Nicholas I until 1849. Again in the 1930s, they found disfavor in Russia, this time because they tended to glorify princes and princesses. In 1954, an Illinois library stamped the fairy tales of the Danish author "For Adult Readers" to make it "impossible for children to obtain smut."


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How long does copyright last?

The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, signed into law on October 27, 1998, amends the provisions concerning duration of copyright protection. Effective immediately, the terms of copyright are generally extended for an additional 20 years. Specific provisions are as follows:

* For works created after January 1, 1978, copyright protection will endure for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years. In the case of a joint work, the term lasts for 70 years after the last surviving author's death. For anonymous and pseudonymous works and works made for hire, the term will be 95 years from the year of first publication or 120 years from the year of creation, whichever expires first;

* For works created but not published or registered before January 1, 1978, the term endures for life of the author plus 70 years, but in no case will expire earlier than December 31, 2002. If the work is published before December 31, 2002, the term will not expire before December 31, 2047;

* For pre-1978 works still in their original or renewal term of copyright, the total term is extended to 95 years from the date that copyright was originally secured. (QUESTIONS FREQUENTLY ASKED IN THE COPYRIGHT OFFICE PUBLIC INFORMATION SECTION at the Library of Congress)

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