Barberville Pioneer Village

Historical Figures Come to Life

In a series of programs that highlight Women in History ranging from the Mayflower to World War I Joanna portrays women who lived through the conflicts that shaped an emerging nation. Joanna is currently the Resident Storyteller for the Barberville Pioneer Settlement in Barberville, FL.

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Joanna at the Pittsburgh Children's Festival
Joanna at the Pittsburgh Children’s Festival

Libraries, Schools and Festivals

Joanna specializes in American, Historical, Traditional, and Southern Tales, Ghost Stories, Personal Narrative, her original unique Ladybug Stories© and Storytelling Workshops. Joanna has been telling stories to children and adults for over 25 years.  It all started when after reading every book on her daughter’s bookshelf, multiple times, she wanted something new, so she started creating fresh stories of her own.  This passion for sharing her stories has been fueled by her nineteen moves within the US and overseas. 

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Spooky Stories
Spooky Stories

Spooky Tales for the Season

Whether it is Tales that are Not for the Faint of Heart or Not So Scary Stories, there are tales for whatever seasonal gathering you are hosting.

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Storytelling Workshops

Learn how to bring your stories to life in Exploring the Art of Storytelling or give your characters panache in The Character’s Perspective. Joanna will customize your workshop to meet the needs of your participants.

Welcome to My World

Through storytelling you can actually feel, taste, smell and touch the woods on a dark night or the spray of the sea as it breaches the prow of a ship. As you listen, you go on adventures, feel what it was like to live in other places, and maybe even remember what it was like to be a kid again sitting around the fire listening to the stories of your grandparents.

I love watching an audience be enveloped by a story – watching them travel with me through the landscape of words that create the images of the tale. It is so much fun to hold the listeners in my hands, watching them use their imagination to “see” the events unfolding. My audiences have enjoyed wonderful tales of the past, present, and future having moments of laughter, times when they have sighed, learned a moral, or even jumped in fright.

Before the written word, much of our history, cultural traditions, morals and skills were passed by word of mouth by the travelers, minstrels and bards traveling from town to town.   My interest in storytelling slowly developed over the years as I volunteered in my children’s school, worked with scouting groups, and in the camping industry.  I hope I have inspired my audiences’ imaginations, stretched their own creativity and helped them to see history in a way they had never imagined. 

Building Worlds With Words

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Contact Joanna for availability of these or custom programs.