Who We Are

We are a guild of listeners, beginning storytellers, intermediate, experienced and professional storytellers devoted to continuing this time-honored oral tradition.
Our Mission Statement

Portland Storytellers Guild exists to support the community of storytellers by advocating for their recognition, encouraging their development and passing on our cultural traditions, roots and identities though the timelessness of stories.

For now, all shows, workshops. and story swaps will be virtual using zoom


Chetter Galloway at the Hipbone Studio

Without listeners,  we'd be talking to oursleves!
Diversity Statement

We acknowledge and honor the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We pledge ourselves to creating and maintaining an environment that respects diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences.

-Approved by the membership and adopted March 2013

What We Do

This is what the Portland Storytellers’ Guild is all about!


We invite you to experience this magic at one of our monthly performances, discover your own storytelling skills in one of our workshops, or come to one of our free “story swaps” to find out what storytelling is all about.

Barbara Fankhauser
Past-President, Portland Storyteller’s Guild


In addition to providing opportunities for practice and performance, the Guild also:

  • sponsors workshops to promote the development of storytellers and the crafting of stories. These are currently funded by the Pearl Steinberg Memorial Fund.

  • donates funds to support the regional storytelling event, the Forest Storytelling Festival, presented by the Story People of Clallam County. We also send a guest teller to participate as an opening teller in the main program. 

  • participated in the Portland, Oregon Fertile Ground event, that highlights local performing arts.


Portland Storytellers’ Guild is a
member of the National Storytelling Network.

We are a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation.

Pam Maben telling at the Forest Festival 2017

Board of Directors  June 2020-2021

Chuck McConnell


Trish Anderson


Sara Hamill


Mike Devenney


Anne-Louise Sterry


Donna Fuller


Janice Alexander


Juliana Person