Do Tell Story Swap
Call for more info: 707-539-3642
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May 12, 2020 Do Tell Story Swap is cancelled 
Please check in again for information about June 9th Swap.

  MEETING LOCATION -
Valley Village Community Center
6401 Country Club Dr., Rohnert Park 94928
Please see directions below.

Dear Storytellers and Listeners,

We are complying with Sonoma County's directive regarding gatherings at this time. We wish you all safety and health. We will continue to update this web site  regarding future Swaps so please check in. Thank you!

Sonoma County Do Tell Story Swap meets the second Tuesday of every month from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Please join us to share the oral tradition of storytelling with positive tales
of all kinds. Be a listener, be a storyteller, or be both!
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​​Story Swap is a relaxed friendly venue and we welcome you to listen, but truly hope you will share your own stories. They can be from your own life or traditional ones you have read or heard. Stories are told and not read. They can be up to 5 minutes, not more than 7 minutes. We especially encourage people to work on their story with us in a nonjudgmental atmosphere. 

The doors officially open at 6:45pm, we begin promptly at 7, take a break at 8 for socializing and snacks and end at 9pm. Snacks are always welcome.

Suggested donation: $3 to $5

Our Story Swap is a scent-free venue for the comfort of everyone. Thank you.

For more information, call Elaine at 707-539-3642 or email DoTellStorySwap@sonic.net

DIRECTIONS:
​​Proceed on Highway 101 to the Rohnert Park Expressway exit, then head east. Continue on Rohnert Park Expressway for approximately 1 mile. Turn right onto Country Club Drive, then turn right into Valley Village mobile home park. The Community Building is straight ahead; park in front or along the boundary wall.





MC Robin Whealdon reads theTellabration! Proclamation.​

Do Tell story tellers from left: Katy Mangan Brandon Spars, Lisbeth Castilo-Alcaraz, Evelyn Hardesty, Sharon Elwell, and Elaine Stanely.
Brandon Spars and Lisbeth Castilo-Alcaraz spin their tales.
Elaine Stanley and Sharon Elwell entertain.
Katy Mangan's audience is drawn into the story.
Tellabration! 2019
Thank you to our sponsors the Sonoma County Library, the Storytelling Association of California (SAC) and Petaluma Minuteman Press and to all our wonderful tellers and listeners.




Do Tell Story Swap storytellers gave a free live storytelling event for teens and adults at the Sebastopol Regional Library on November 23 to celebrate this world wide day of storytelling.
Storytelling in the Time of Covid-19

Stories are always with us. They are being created every day and help us describe our experiences and bring insight and understanding to our lives. 

To get through this time of SIP, reach out and listen to the stories of those with whom you have contact. If it is an older person, they have seen and lived through things that were terribly challenging. If it is a young person, they have questions and need your stories to help keep them safe and engaged. Read with them and ask for their stories. If it is one of your loved ones, share your feelings and your experience staying in place or venturing out in the world to get supplies. 

Check out YouTube.com. There are so many story tellers and stories to enjoy and help you through this challenge. And keep the faith! We are resilient and here in Sonoma County we have had to show that many times. 
We wish you health and well being and look forward to the time when we will again gather to share our stories.
Let stories live!

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Cathryn Fairlee Story Archive






Our friend and local storytelling star, Cathryn Fairlee, collected stories from around the world. She gave her archive to Do Tell Story Swap a few months before she passed away last year. She is greatly missed and this archive is a  great way to carry on the wonderful stories she collected as part of her life's work. 

Sharon Elwell and Meg Brown have been reading through the stories and categorizing them to create an archive available to those looking for inspiration for their own storytelling. Traditional stories of all kinds are being preserved in the archive.Whether you are looking for scholarly insight into a culture's stories or a funny or exciting story for telling, our aim it to keep traditional stories alive and available to our storytelling community.

Our goal is to have this archive ready for use by mid summer. Keep your eye on our updates on the project here on the Do Tell Swap website.