In an age in which children receive many competing, confusing messages, stories are among the greatest and longest lasting gifts that a father can give his child. Long before Jim Weiss turned his passion for telling stories into a profession, he told stories to his own child. A generation before that, Jim and his brother listened to stories from their father and grandfather. The results: a lifelong love of reading; an unquenchable thirst to learn; a passionate ability to listen, and a profound sense of passing along the central beliefs of those who came before us in an entertaining, memorable form. In this timely session meant especially for dads, Jim will share his own experiencese and demonstrate clear ways to transmit beliefs and credos, and to show our children how much we love them through the stories we share.
Jim Weiss has been a storyteller for over 30 years and is the recipient of 100+ national awards. Jim’s company, Greathall Productions, is now over 24 years old. Greathall Productions has thus far produced 46+ storytelling recordings with enticing titles from classical literature and history: GA Henty titles; unabridged readings including Howard Pyle’s Men of Iron; Story of the World, and more. Jim travels extensively internationally and throughout the US presenting at homeschool conferences, schools, stores, libraries, community events, and national organizations.
Jim says, “The storytelling recordings work precisely because we value the original sources and have tried to convey our love of the stories to a new generation of listeners and readers. Storytelling today rejuvenates one of the first and most personal forms of entertainment. Telling stories is pure joy.” Jim was born, raised and educated in Highland Park, Illinois and then graduated from the University of Wisconsin. He resides in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife, Randy; they have one recently married daughter.