Storytelling Festival

Composite tellers photosForest Storytelling Festival

October 20-22, 2017

Welcome to the 23rd Annual Forest Storytelling Festival in Port Angeles, WA! World class storytellers will make you laugh uproariously and will tug at your heartstrings. Everyone — from preteens, grandparents and everybody in between — will find stories of love, comedy and inspiration.

Why go to a storytelling festival — isn’t it for little kids?

The stories filling our festival are aimed at adults (though teens and precocious tweens will relish them too). When a master storyteller spins a tale during this festival, you get to know a one-of-a-kind character — and you discover elements we all share as humans.

There’s nothing like being in the space with a live storyteller. The performer fills the room with his or her spirit. You, as the listener, are transported — and connected to the story as it unfolds. For more on the magic of live storytelling, check out this post on the Timpanogos festival website.

Why You Will Love the Forest Storytelling Festival

Our storytellers will invite you into the lives of people, fictional and real. These are characters who are, on the inside, just like you. They’re also people from many cultures, coming alive in the voices of tellers from all over the globe. All of this happens in the comfort of Peninsula College’s Little Theater.

The Forest Storytelling Festival’s organizers take care to make this a warm, welcoming gathering: a space and time set apart for tellers and listeners to meet and enjoy one another.

Storytellers who attend will find expert coaching during a special pre-festival workshop with venerable teller Elizabeth Ellis. And on Saturday morning, Oct. 21, all of the weekend’s featured tellers will give workshops on various facets of the storytelling art.

A story swap and a story “slam,” a lighthearted competition, are set for Saturday after lunch. At these gatherings, attendees can get in on the storytelling action and share their own tales.

All weekend, the festival store sells books, recordings, and other resources for storytelling. A silent auction and raffle offer other goods you can take home.

How to Do It 

Buy tickets at the door, or go to our Registration Information page for ticket prices and purchase options. Friday and Saturday night concert tickets are also available at Odyssey Books, 114 W. Front St., Port Angeles.

Accommodations are readily available in Port Angeles. Several hotels offer discounted rates for festival attendees.

Hear a local radio interview about the festival on YouTube. Also, “like” our Facebook page for updates of other Story People events.


Contact Festival Director Chris Wright for information: 360-452-8092, or