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Louisa Lindsay-Sprouse, the founding director of Young Writers Association, shares literature based curricula developed for YWA programs.  Called a visionary in arts education, she has received awards for significant contributions to the cultural life of the community. Louisa has provided literary arts explorations, as both leisure time enrichment and vital learning in classrooms, for teacher groups parent groups, and intergenerational groups, as well as to teachers-in-training at the University of Oregon. Her interdisciplinary material is taught at the University of Oregon School of Education/Arts & Administration to teachers in training. Experienced in addressing educational standards, Louisa has aligned curriculum to benchmarks in Oregonís arts standards for Oregon Public Education Network and for Lane Education Service District. Louisa developed, facilitated and taught in both interdisciplinary and creative writing projects with youth for over 20 years. She produced the Glitterary Word Festival, a literary arts festival for youth & their families, published youth, and produced a poetry spot of mixed age writers for public radio. Louisa performs as a storyteller and has produced many theatre pieces combining poetry and dance. She is a storyteller/poet who simply finds pleasure in sharing her love for words, imagination and the adventure of learning.

Robert Rubinstein is a nationally-known storyteller with four recordings, the author of  CURTAINS UP! THEATRE GAMES & STORYTELLING,  HINTS FOR TEACHING SUCCESS, and two young adult novels: WHO WANTS TO BE A HERO! (made into a movie for Showtime TV) and WHEN SIRENS SCREAM. In addition, his stories have appeared in anthologies, and his articles in national and regional publications. As a middle school teacher with 32 years of experience, he created and directed the nationally-known Troupe of Tellers from Roosevelt Middle School, which performed  for 24 years.  He now produces and directs Eugene's Multi-Cultural Storytelling Festival. His newest book is ZISHE THE STRONGMAN.

Kelly Terwilliger, poet and storyteller, inspires and intrigues kids throughout Eugene and beyond. Gaze upon her hats and be amazed. Listen to her tales and be transported. Kelly is a professional teller and writer of stories. She has been telling stories in classrooms and libraries and at community events for the past eight years, and is a member of the National Storytelling Network. She holds a Master's degree in English Literature and is a published poet and children's writer. One of her stories has been made into a picture book and a second is due to be published soon. Other stories have appeared in Spider Magazine, and her poems have appeared in many literary magazines. She has also recently published a collection of poems, and meets regularly with local poets to work on new ones. Kelly also works with YWA's WILCS and YES! YEA! Days, and also worked as a storyteller through Lane Arts Council.


Yvonne Young is a retired elementary teacher and a professional storyteller extraordinaire.  Her love of language and writing will inspire your child to tell and write stories.  Yvonne's DVD Two Goats on a Bridge: Stories to Promote Peace and Protect the Planet recently won a Storytelling World Honor Award.  Yvonne also works with YWA's YES! YEA! Days and has taught and given assemblies through Lane Arts Council and Umpqua Valley Arts Association.

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