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Thank you for your interest in a Jim Weiss storytelling program for your school or organization. Jim can provide inspiring keynote addresses; children and /or adult storytelling performances, and child/adult workshops.
Jim Weiss in Live Performance
Literature comes alive with Jim Weiss. From fairytales to Shakespeare, from the ancient world of Greek mythology to the mystique of Sherlock Holmes, Jim's performances will create entertainment magic at your event. Jim's stories appeal to children and adults, bonding families together with the love of literature and an understanding of what makes his timeless characters great. Jim showcases literature and history like no other. Jim Weiss performs live at schools, book/toy stores, museums, libraries, festivals, community events, and homeschool/ educational/ professional/trade conferences throughout the United States. Performances are specifically created for each audience.
We are now booking for the 2010-2011 school year.
"Walking the school hall with Jim was like walking with a rock star. Three-year-olds clinging to Jim's legs; sixth graders sticking out hands for high-fives; happy shouts of "Jim Weiss!" from kids who catch a glimpse of him; principal beaming."
— PTA Cultural Arts Chair
"Jim, if all I heard this weekend was your gift today, my expectations were exceeded."
— Conference Attendee
“Jim was fantastic! He worked so well with each age level at our school that our headmaster cleared her busy schedule to be able to sit with Jim and the students for the entire day. She, and many others are now new fans for life!”
— PTO Cultural Arts Chair
“The listener's enthralled...Weiss is compelling as he masterfully unwinds uplifting stories where good prevails and the clever find just solutions. Mr. Weiss provides an avenue for all of us to remember the sustaining value of great literature. He is a master, the best I've ever seen or heard.”
— School Principal
“Daniel was so engaged by the storyteller, Jim Weiss. We spent almost an hour as he recounted at least 6 different stories about Da Vinci, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Lorenzo D'Medici. Hats off to the Cultural Arts Chair!”
— 3rd Grade Parent
“I have never seen and heard such great response from teachers and students! The children were held in the palm of your hand. You made them laugh and learn at the same time! I dare say there will be a new herd of children looking up such great books as you described.”
— School Librarian
As a storyteller, Jim's goals include:
- encouraging the reading of fine literature
- providing a rich oral language experience
- bonding and building community through sharing stories
- fostering confidence in oral communication
- developing and improving auditory skills
Learn more about:
- School Performances
- Festival, Community, Library, Store, Conference and Homeschooling Performances and Keynote Addresses
- Adult Storytelling Programs
- Workshops & In-Service Programs
- Two-Day Writing Workshops
- Fundraising Opportunities Through Sale of Greathall Recordings
Please phone 800-477-6234 or e-mail us for a complete Performance Packet. Be sure to include your name, organization, address, and phone number.
Jim's performances offer a high quality entertainment experience, and give children a personal affiliation with classical literature and the characters that make the stories great. The classics that Jim tells are time-tested stories and fit into curriculum as well as into the lives of children today.
Jim Weiss and Greathall Productions support the theory that student education in the arts provides children with a breadth and diversity that extends to their essential intellectual, artistic, emotional, and psychological development.
"Everyone is raving about how delightful the storytelling evening was. Jim Weiss is a warm, charming, brilliant man and I am so glad we all got to meet and hear him in person."— Parent
"My husband has a renewed interest in Sherlock Holmes, and he’s reading these stories to our children since your wonderful performance. The evening was memorable!"
As a storyteller, Jim strives to provide children with alink between classical literature and their own personal life experiences. His connection to his audience is magnetic and interactive, proof positive that storytelling today rejuvenates one of the first and most personal forms of entertainment. Not only doesJim provide an excellent model of oral language, but he presents a stimulating array of timeless classics that have endured because they are so essential to human growth and development. Jim's repertoire is flexible and creative. His range includes mythology, mysteries, fairy/folk tales, multi-cultural stories, perspectives on historical time frames such as the Renaissance, and much more. Jim is available for half day, full day or Artist-in-Residencies. He travels extensively across the United States and Canada.
"Thank you so much for organizing this event and blessing my family SO much! It felt like Mr. Weiss was speaking directly to me and my family."
Jim Weiss is renowned in festival, community event, library, store, conference and homeschooling venues. Each performance program is customized to meet the organization's specific programming requirements.
Suggested topics might include:
- The Universal Journey (Hero/Heroine Stories)
- An Evening of Mystery and Intrigue
- An Evening of Mythology
" Several years ago you came to our school and my children have been listening to your CD's at bed time every night since and they can recite them by heart. "— Parent
Workshops & In-Service Programs
Master Storyteller Jim Weiss is delighted to facilitate storytelling and story writing to students, educators, librarians, business persons, parents, and aspiring story tellers in any combination. In customized sessions, Jim spins classical yarns and shares a wealth of techniques. Jim presents workshops at schools, libraries, homeschool and educational conferences, and fulfills the following objectives:
- Promotes storytelling as a model of rich oral language
- Bonds and builds community through the shared and creative experience of telling stories
- Builds confidence in oral and written communication
- Teaches specific storytelling techniques like:
- Organizing and shaping the story
- Creates vivid characters through description and plot
- Voice characterization
- Relating to the audience
- Mapping the plot
- A recipe for a story
- Developing individual telling style and much much more
"Experience the power of oral language and the joy of learning through storytelling. The most useful and inspiring presentation ever."
— Conference Organizer
“What a pleasure to meet Jim Weiss, our ‘other family member!’ We so appreciate the immense contribution you have given to us, in raising our children to be well-rounded, well-read, articulate and knowledgeable. It was the highlight of my conference day to personally chat with you.”—Conference Planner
Two-Day Writing Workshops
Students will learn to:
- Choose a topic that is relevant to the assignment and audience
- Organize and shape a story with emphasis on a beginning, middle and end
- Create clear and vivid characters using rich description
- Understand the meaning and purpose of revision
- Write a story that can be orally presented in 1-6 minutes that encompasses the above criteria
- Share and critique their stories with their peers
"My sons commented that they found Mr. Weiss to be a man of great integrity, an excellent and inspiring teacher/mentor. I came away thinking, 'I'll refer to this day for years to come.'"
Jim is available for half day, full day or as an Artist-In-Residence. He travels extensively throughout the United States and Canada.
Please phone (800) 477-6234 or email us for a complete Performance Packet. Be sure to include your name, organization, address, and phone number.