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SCBWI-IL OP Network Hosts Janice Del Negro

Date(s) - 10/08/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join the Oak Park Network for a presentation
with Dr. Janice Del Negro



Join the SCBWI-Illinois Oak Park Network for an evening with Dr. Janice Del Negro, storyteller, author, educator and professor at Dominican University. Janice has a special expertise in this field and will talk to us about the history of folk and fairy tales, ways that we can use them, of misappropriation, of tools for finding them, and also give more information about the Butler Children’s Literature Center’s Ellin Greene Folk and Fairytale Collection.



Network Guest, Dr. Janice Del Negro

Janice M. Del Negro, PhD, is a storyteller who excavates and decorates the bones of traditional folk and fairy tales as an invitation to others to do the same; her focus is reimagining traditional folktales to make them emotionally resonant for contemporary listeners. Del Negro has been a featured storyteller and presenter at the National Storytelling Conference, the Northlands Storytelling Conference, the Mariposa Storytelling Festival, the National Storytelling Festival, the Moonshell Storytelling Festival, and many other celebratory events. Her collection of supernatural tales for young adults, Passion and Poison (2007), received starred reviews in both Horn Book and School Library Journal. Del Negro’s second picture book, Willa and the Wind (2005) was an ALA Notable Book, and an Honor Book for the Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City; her first picture book, Lucy Dove (1998) won the Anne Izard Storytelling Award. She collaborated with Ellin Greene on the fourth edition of the classic storytelling textbook, Storytelling: Art &Technique (2010), and is currently working on the fifth edition.  Her book, Folktales Aloud: Practical Tips for Playful Storytelling, was awarded a Storytelling World Resource Award in 2015. Her most recent title, Engaging Teens with Story: How to Inspire and Educate Youth with Storytelling (2017) received a Storytelling World Resource Award and was named SLC/ARBA’s “Best Professional Resource for School or Youth Librarians.” Her latest recording is Fortune’s Daughters: Ghost Tales and Folktales. In 2016 Del Negro received the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award, “presented to artists who are recognized by their peers to be master storytellers who set the standards for excellence and have demonstrated, over a significant period of time, a commitment and dedication to the art of storytelling.” Del Negro is a tenured professor at the School of Information Studies at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. 



Network Host, Sarah Hammond, Oak Park Co-Network Representative 

Sarah Hammond is an author for young people and has published  books for teens and also younger readers in the UK. For almost a decade Sarah worked as a lawyer in London. However, following her lifelong dream to write fiction, her first teen book was published by OUP,  shortlisted for four awards, and described as ‘a terrific debut novel’  by the Bookseller. A recent British expat, Sarah loves running writing workshops with storytellers of all ages. Sarah is a co-representative for the SCBWI Oak Park and West Suburban Network in Illinois.  Find out more about her at 





We’re providing an opportunity for you to submit your questions in advance.  If you have a question for Janice about folk and fairy tales, the Butler Children’s Literature Center or Library Information Studies Programs at Dominican University, please email Sarah Hammond.



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