Jack Tales from the Richard Chase Collection

Jack Tales from the Richard Chase Collection Presented by John Williams. (Presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.) In 1983, while working as a scholar-in-residence for the Tennessee Committee for the Humanities, Dr. Williams had the opportunity to travel around the mountains with Richard Chase, the famous Jack Tale collector. During … Read more

How To Collect Your Community Stories

How To Collect Your Community Stories Presented by John Williams. (Presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.) This presentation focuses on Oral History and its value to a community. Dr. Williams will share stories from two projects which he directed: the Appalachian Oral History Project and the Great Smoky Mountains Project. … Read more

Legends and Ghost Stories from the South

Legends and Ghost Stories from the South Presented by John Williams. (Presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.) The South has a rich tradition of folk literature that draws upon oral tradition and colorful language for its substance. Legends, folk history, songs, foodways, customs, and unique dialects permeate the ghost stories … Read more

Tales From the Mill Villages

Tales From the Mill Villages Presented by John Williams. (Presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.) The Folklore and oral traditions from the mill villages are rapidly changing as the they go the way of the coal camps in the mountains. Storytelling itself, the connective tissue of the community, has been … Read more

Stories From Our Mountain Heritage

Stories From Our Mountain Heritage Presented by John Williams. (Presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.) An entertaining storyteller, Dr. Williams portrays the characters from folk tales collected from Appalachian migrants in Cincinnati, Ohio. He highlights the migrants’ deep-seated sense of place as he recreates characters in Appalachian dialect. Especially moving … Read more

Character Arcs and Plot Models

Character Arcs and Plot Models Presented by Kasie Whitener. This storytelling workshop presents the vocabulary for writers crafting short stories and novels. Who is the story about? What do they want? In exploration of genre expectations, seven basic plots, and the expected paths characters will follow, this workshop helps novice (and experience) writers name the … Read more

Black Southern Folklore – Storytelling

Black Southern Folklore – Storytelling Presented by Nancy D. Tolson. This program explores and celebrates the art of storytelling through the tales founded in the southern states of the U.S. with specific origins from South Carolina. Click here for the Speakers Bureau Application.

Growing up Gullah

Growing up Gullah Presented by Donald Sweeper. **Donald Sweeper requests an additional honorarium to the $250 contributed by SC Humanities. This is a 45-minute one-man show in which Donald Sweeper tells stories shared to him by his ancestors and the elderly people from the community in which he grew up. This performance also includes Gullah … Read more

A general reading and discussion of The Traveler’s Charleston, followed by Q&A

A general reading and discussion of The Traveler’s Charleston, followed by Q&A Presented by Jennie Holton Fant. Charleston has always held a fascination for its visitors. Today there remains a nacreous patina that overlays this old city, a pentimento suggestive not only of artifacts beneath the surface but also gradations of history. It suggests an … Read more