Harold’s translations of poetry have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies both in the U.S. and abroad. Translations of his English translations from the Japanese have appeared in several other languages of the world

“Thank you for once again sharing portions of your vast storytelling expertise with Kentucky Storytelling Association conference participates. Your session on incorporating poetry was very well received. We are fortunate to be able to benefit from your talent, enthusiasm, expertise and your ability to teach others.”

Betsy Fleischer, Board President

R.E.A.C.H. 2012 Participant Evaluations:
Harold and Jonatha displayeda comprehensive knowledgeof their subject. They are very animated, have excellent interactive displays, show a lifetime of knowledge, I loved it.

Things participants learned: Non verbal cues/cultural context, significance of little gestures, how to think differently about writing, types of characters and how to differentiate between the, easy ways to communicate and express oneself, how to describe movements in words, how to incorporate both verbal and visual cues to develop characters, howe motions help a story, how different viewers view the same subject differently, how to use the whole body and not just wordsto tell stories and convey meanings, character identification and expressive writing, how to consider over-exaggerated physical characteristics to develop character.

The Gesture handouts were very helpful. It was fun, and there was great group participation. Everyone could gain from this. Keep doing what you are doing, you two are fantastic!


copyright 2007 - 2015 Jonatha & Harold Wright

photography by Mao Yamamoto          

website by MPOWERD


The Wrights have taught storytelling in many area colleges. They do workshops all over the US and in Kyoto on storytelling techniques and skills. Professionally they belong to the state storytelling groups of Ohio, Kentucky and Florida ( OOPS! , KSA and FSA) the National Storytelling Network, and the Miami Valley Storytellers.

They have presented many workshops on cross cultural and bilingual storytelling, and taught “The World of Storytelling” at Antioch College, and The Art of Storytelling at Antioch University’s McGregor School (weekend college).

Workshop Specialties

“Love, Honor and Cherish That Story, an Introduction to Storytelling” Here is a program to help your group get started. It has all the storytelling basics couched in a format that helps you see what stories are for you, and how to tell them with sensitivity and do them justice. As an extended program you delve into numerous styles and techniques. You will get extensive information on finding stories, and making them your own to tell. (One to eight hours)

“One Plus One Equals Two, Telling in Tandem” From our Lucky Thirteen Essentials of Tandem Telling to exciting full-blown examples of style, participants will observe and practice a variety of techniques for telling with a partner (s).

“Our Stories Honor and Reveal Our Heritage: Telling YOUR Stories” Are you wanting skills in expressing yourself through your own stories? Do you want advice on taking something personal and developing it into a story others will enjoy, perhaps learn from? See and hear how this can be done in this hands-on workshop.

“Creating Bridges: Cross-Cultural Storytelling” Most of us want to tell stories from other cultures, other lands. Let us help you do this with accuracy and cultural sensitivity. We will discuss and try out differences in body language, gesture and facial expressions. We will work on putting our stories into the proper time and place. We consider the pitfalls of cultural appropriation.

“Prose, Rhythm and Rhyme: Using Poetry to Spice Up Your Storytelling” From story poems to catchy refrain, perfect beginnings to memorable endings; adding poetry to your performance adds delight and variety. You may even decide to recite ballads at your next performance!

“Samurai, Ghosts and Cranes: The Oral Tradition in Japan.” Come and immerse yourself in the ancient, two-thousand year old, continuous culture of Japan. This is your opportunity to gain an understanding of this rich genre of story, traditional types of tellers, context of these stories and an historical look at their development through various performing arts in Japan, from the ribald to the sacred.

Are you looking for some topic in a longer format?

  • An all day seminar
  • A several week series of classes
  • A residency of two to five days

We can provide you with an in-depth look at a storytelling topic. These are interactive sessions, full of hands-on activities, group and individual exercises. each class provides a packet of printed materials to augment the verbal lesson and allow participants to study the topic further on their own.

Choose from:

  • Tandem Telling
  • Cross-Cultural Storytelling
  • Telling Japanese Stories
  • Telling Your Own Stories