I was raised on tall tales from my Dad, Native American stories
from my Choctaw grandmother, and folk and fairytales from
my Mom. I always had a love of story, but it wasn’t
until I had returned to college as an adult, that it all came
I was an American Studies major, loving every moment of
it, but not sure what I was going to do with that major. And
then...I heard a storyteller...and he was telling a story
about an actual figure in California history. Jim Cogan brought
that story about Charley Parkhurst alive! I discovered the
‘story’ in history. I knew right then and there
what it was that I wanted to do and set out to do it. I found
a local group of storytellers in my area, South Coast Storytellers
Guild, which was giving a 6 week workshop on the Art of Storytelling.
By the time I finished that 6 week course, I knew I had found
the missing piece of my heart. And now, many many conferences
and workshops later, I find that storytelling has become much
more to me than just telling stories from history. It is a
path I’ve chosen that takes me daily on a journey that
I share with children and adults as I reach, teach and touch
through the magic of story.
are the voice of the heart - Tuscarora
Since beginning her storytelling career in 1993, Linda King
Pruitt has performed and taught storytelling throughout Southern
California. A member of the National Storytelling Network
and South Coast Storytellers Guild, http://www.storyguild.com
she has told, taught, and lectured at elementary schools,
middle schools and high schools, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal
State Fullerton, Saddleback College, USC Fisher Gallery, UCLA
Armand Hammer Museum, Bowers Museum, Bowers Kidseum, La Habra
Children’s Museum and Huntington Beach Art Center, and
has been featured on Mission Viejo T.V’s Storytime Theatre.
Los Angeles World Storytelling Festival.
Linda has been an artist in residence since 1996 for the
Fullerton School district program, All The Arts for All the
Kids, and artist in residence for the Lawndale School District,
providing professional development for their teachers as part
of a Disney Learning Partnership Program.