Jim Weiss

JIM WEISS has been a storyteller for over 25 years. In June, 1989, Jim decided to do something more with the craft that he had formerly practiced solely for pleasure. He and his wife, Randy, formed a production company, Greathall Productions, and have thus far produced 46 + storytelling recordings with enticing titles from classical literature, such as Greek Myths, King Arthur and Sherlock Holmes. In addition to the single CDs, Jim has also recorded numerous G.A. Henty titles, and unabridged recordings such as “Carry On, Mr. Bowditch.” Jim’s Greathall line is the recipient of 85+ major national awards from The American Library Association, Parents’ Choice Foundation, NAPPA, the Parents’ Council, The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, The Film Advisory Board, Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media Award, and has received the highest acclaim from countless Home School journals and professionals. Greathall’s motto is, “Intelligent entertainment for the thinking family. Weiss’ newest releases are “Women in Blue or Gray: True Stories from the American Civil War” and “The Lion of St. Mark,” by G.A. Henty.

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Friday

9:00

Youth 110

Storytelling: Up Close and Personal With King Arthur

An exciting and interactive workshop for teens from master storyteller, and award-winning recording artist, Jim Weiss. King Arthur and his knights represent the epitome of chivalry, graciousness and simply put, "doing what's right." Jim will focus on this content as he he teaches the art of storytelling and oral language. Participants will learn about: setting the scene, characterization, voice technique, shaping the story, building confidence and developing ones own style. The tenor is casual and the goal is to have fun with literature. Everyone should be prepared to play, laugh and discover how literature can truly come alive in the midst of a storyteller.

2:00

Auditorium

Virtues & Values: A Family’s Quest for Conscientious Living Via Literature and History

Storyteller/Author/Recording Artist, Jim Weiss explores a prominent driving issue for all conscientious parents-how to teach character and values in a world full of appalling examples of morals gone amuck. Choosing rich literary models and historical leaders is one way to contrast good and evil; right from wrong, and navigate a path toward a rich, healthy and conscientious lifestyle. Jim’s lifetime work in authoring and publishing over 50 family recordings is a legacy to the promotion of solid values and lifelong learning of fact, fiction and personal and spiritual growth.

Saturday

12:30

Room 370

Stories Worth Telling and How to Tell them

Master storyteller and award-winning recording artist, Jim Weiss presents a seminar on the benefit and delight of all-in-the-family storytelling. This workshop will demonstrate how the written word can interface with the spoken word. Emphasis will be placed on how storytelling interweaves into all areas of the curriculum and interfaces with reading and writing, and just pure fun. Jim’s focus is on classical literature, and he will use his own unique talents to illustrate key points as he interacts with participants. Stories used in this workshop maybe selected from the family/adult/child storytelling selections below. Requests for stories pertaining to particular conference themes are always welcome. One very popular theme is Greek Mythology.

3:30

Youth 110

Famously Funny: Most Beloved Stories and Poems

Jim tells some of the most humorous stories and poems that were ever written in this delightful family program. These classic stories portray a wide array of ethics and values that are ever pertinent to life yesterday, today and tomorrow. Stories will include: The Emperor’s New Clothes, Jabberwocky, and Anansi amongst others.