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NSN Storyteller Profile ... Faye Wooden

P. O. Box 6935
Maryville, TN 37802

(865) 856-0592

(865) 591-0173


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Faye Wooden transports listeners of all ages into worlds and times shaped by the power of imagination. "Storytelling is an ancient art," she says, "that awakens our senses and carries us into new worlds. When I tell a story I want listeners to be totally involved, to enjoy the trip."

Drawing on her own life experiences--banker, bear trapper, herbalist; author, teacher, public speaker--Wooden touches the fabric of people's lives with her hypnotic voice, a wide range of tales, and haunting tunes from traditional mountain instruments (bowed psaltery, lap dulcimer, and autoharp), as she strives to preserve the spirit of her native Appalachia. She is a member of the National Storytelling Network and the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild. Through her storytelling performances Faye has established herself as one of the region's premiere storytellers and she currently directs the annual Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival.

A Tennessean with Cherokee heritage, Faye is an army brat who spent many of her early years on a dairy farm and in her grandpa's drug store. She is known to her friends for her many interests and activities. In addition to being a professional storyteller, Faye is or has been a teacher, banker, soda jerk, university administrator, bear trapper, consultant, pianist, secretary, herbalist, HABIT (Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee) pet therapy volunteer, published author, hiker and student of nature--human and otherwise.

She has been a nationally recognized public speaker since 1980, conducting professional development workshops, seminars radio programs and storytellling performances all over the country. Entertaining audiences from as far away as New Zealand, Faye currently travels extensively searching world cultures and history to share with audiences of all ages.

Types of stories I tell:

My repertoire includes a wide range of tales and is especially rich in personal life experience, Appalachian and Cherokee stories. I sometimes use music to enhance storytelling performances.

I tell stories for:

All Ages

I provide workshops:


I am willing to travel:


My travel requirements:

Travel expenses for performances and workshops beyond 100 miles from my home need to be reimbursed. Expenses must be agreed upon before performances or workshops can be confirmed.

School Districts I am cleared to work in:

I direct the annual Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival and arrange approximately 50 storytelling performances for the school outreach programs each year.

I am willing to mentor:


Organizations I belong to:

National Storytelling Network Jonesborough Storytelling Guild