San Diego Storytelling Festival

The Storytellers of San Diego return to Coronado Public Library for a daylong celebration of all things storytelling. There’s a reason why storytelling has been around for much longer than the written word. Listening to a storyteller is an immersive, enchanting experience not to be missed. This free all-day festival takes over the Library with storytelling for adults and kids, open mic sessions, and a debut performance by the participants of the first-ever Storytelling Institute, a storytelling how-to course for novices.

Free workshops? Yes! The San Diego Storytelling Festival includes three workshops – from crafting personal stories to incorporating emotional peaks and valleys to considering important dilemma tales.

No need to register – it’s first come, first served!
🗓️ Saturday, March 16 @ 10AM – 6PM
📍 Coronado Public Library (640 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118)
💰 Admission is free!
🎉 Catch me at:
12PM: Storytelling concert “Paving the Way”
3PM: Storytelling workshop “Crafty Tales 101”
4PM: Storytelling concert “Voices”

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10 AM

Cororado Advanced Jazz Ensemble

Get ready to be impressed by the CoSA Advanced Jazz Ensemble, a powerhouse group featuring top-notch musicians.

Emotional Peaks and Valleys in Storytelling (workshop)

Want a spellbound audience? In this workshop, Emily Stamets will share simple strategies for dynamic storytelling. Learn to tweak your world choice and delivery, with techniques that can be applied to every story for a rollercoaster of a narrative.

11 AM

Building Bridges

Five storytellers will share a mixture of folktales and personal stories highlighting the World Storytelling Day theme of “Building Bridges.”

12 PM

Paving the Way

Prepare to be captivated by the tales of trailblazers who fearlessly lead, navigate, and redefine boundaries with their creativity, grit, and courage.

We Made San Diego: Contributions of Mexican-Americans

Join author Maria E. Garcia and interviewees from her book for a look at the often uncelebrated contributions made by Mexican Americans from san Diego’s diverse communities. Heartening stories of those that continue to make a diference.

Coronado Jazz Ensemble & Open Mic

Let the music inspire you to get on stage and share your own story.

1 PM

Dilemma Stories (workshop)

Storyteller and author Sara Armstrong leads an interactive workshop delving into narratives laden with intriguing conundrums and endless possibilities. Uncover the significance of these tales and unlock their transformative power.

Turning Wheel Bus

Look for the unique Turning Wheel Bus parked outside the library. This museum-on-wheels, the creation of Dr. Alberto Pulido of USD, reflects the importance of the murals, neighborhood organizations and people of Barrio Logan.

2 PM

Spinning Tales

Fiber artist Emily Staments and her spinning wheel create colorful yarn, as storytellers spin their own yarns related to this beautiful art.

Veterans Stories

Storyteller and veteran O.Jo. Mozon Jr. facilitates a panel of veterans telling their own stories of military service.

Low Rider Culture

What makes a low rider a low rider? Dr. Alberto Pulido highlights both their rich history and contemporary view. A noteworthy low-rider will be parked out front, and its owner, Maritza, will share the story of how that low rider came to be. Learn about the origins and significance of these iconic vehicles.

3 PM

Crafty Tales 101 (workshop)

Miyo Yamauchi, Moth StorySLAM Champion, will guide workshop participants to craft their own stories by framing their narrative, finding the story spine, and igniting the story spark with beats.

4 PM

Voices at the Water's Edge

Brace yourself for the festival finale, as local legends and visiting wordsmiths unite with personal tales, folktales, myths, and more to ignite your imagination and leave you spellbound.

Children’s Programs

Building Bridges: Stories for Kids

Professional storytellers share tales of cooperation and connection on the World Storytelling Day theme.

Folktales Around the World for Kids

Circle the globe with stories from lands and cultures.

Kids Tell! & Storytelling Institute

Community storytellers take the stage! Local elementary school students will share stories they’ve worked on in school residencies with professional storytellers/teachers. They will be followed by graduates of this year’s Storytelling Institute at the Coronado Public Library.

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