The Spokane Storytelling League is part of a long, rich tradition. A Tennessee literature professor founded the first storytelling league in 1903. Storytelling leagues reached their height during the 1940s, with more than 5,000 members were registered with the National Storytellers League. That number has dwindled to around 400 in recent years. Spokane alone was once home to five separate neighborhood storytelling groups, which eventually merged to form a single group comprised of around 15 people.
For most of the Fall Folk Festival's years, members of the Spokane Storytelling League have been weaving their magic with engaging stories that captivate listeners of all ages. They spin their tales and carry us to new lands or back to the olden days with captivating characters and colorful details, both factual and imaginary. "What fun it is to experience that window in time where the outside world just stops and people are joined together in active listening and the rapture that story provides."
Storytellers like to encourage audience participation. It gathers us into a community of like-minded individuals that learn collectively how to manage the challenges presented to us in daily living. Our national league's purpose when founded was to perpetuate the fine art of storytelling as a service and to present positive values and ideals to our children and communities that will inspire and last them a lifetime.