When listening to Dianne Hackworth you will realize immediately why storytelling is once again becoming a popular form of art. The stories she tells creates images in the mind, "better than TV" as one first grader exclaims! Touring throughout the Southeast telling stories for all ages, Dianne brings to life Appalachian Tales, musical tales, and folktales from around the world.
Although she has honed her skills with a Master's degree in Storytelling, Dianne comes to storytelling naturally, having learned many of her stories from her parents and grandparents. She keeps all these stories alive by passing them on to you! As well as telling stories for programs and festivals, she also shows others their own hidden talent for storytelling. She began teaching classes at John C. Campbell Folkschool in 1992, has been an artist in residence in the schools of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee since 1993, and has provided storytelling workshops throughout the southeast region for many years. Dianne is included in Artists in Education Rosters in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Dianne is the founder of the High Country Yarnspinners, a storytelling organization in the Boone, NC area and co-founder of the North Carolina Storytelling Guild. She has served as a board member of the NC Storytelling Guild, Watauga County Arts Council (Boone, NC), Tennessee Storytelling Association, and on the Tennessee Arts Commission Grant Panel. Under Dianne's direction, there are several storytelling events in existence, but her favorites are the Jack Tales Festival on Beech Mountain, NC (in honor of Ray Hicks) and Storytellers Wild Week at Wildacres, NC.