Your storytelling performance was excellent and I have heard numerous comments about your skill and style from our faculty and members of our University board. As a storyteller myself, I was delighted by your presentation style and selection of stories. Many of our students had never heard an oral history/family story approach to storytelling and were delighted to discover that storytelling is not limited to children’s stories.
 I found you so easy to work with. Your characteristics of professionalism and flexibility made the planning, implementation and success of the workshop absolutely painless. 

Belinda Thomson, Professor of Speech and Drama, Brescia University, Owensboro, Kentucky

Saundra Kelley, Storyteller, wove quite the tale during Virginia Tech’s Save Our Towns Summit held in Abingdon, Virginia on September 10th. Providing the perfect luncheon keynote presentation for this inaugural event she shared the stories of two small towns – Jonesborough, Tennessee and Colquitt, Georgia, both of which reinvented themselves and are now prospering. Participants were captivated by her story – one that was filled with small town intrigue and suspense as well as one that reminded us of the vibrancy that exists in re-imaging our landscapes and communities.

Susan E. Short, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Engagement, Virginia Tech Outreach and International Affairs 


The Magical Joy of Storytelling


​Jonesborough, TN's

Saundra Kelley

​Storyteller, keynote speaker and workshop facilitator with international travel seeking opportunities to

speak, teach and perform

for festivals, special events and conferences