Meet the Contributors: Tim Ereneta

Book Chapter: How to be a Storyteller Around a Campfire.

tim ereneta teaches about how to do storytelling around a campfireHis Thoughts: Campfire storytelling sessions are varied: they range from a casual gathering of friends or family members around a fire pit in a campground or backyard, to a more formal interpretive session for dozens of park visitors in an outdoor amphitheater, to being part of a lively night of songs, skits, and entertainment at a gathering of Scouts or children attending summer camp. For me, telling stories around a fire can be one of the most enjoyable environments for storytelling, but I have also learned there are plenty of complications when it comes to performing near a fire, complications that don’t typically arise when telling in a corporate setting or a school classroom. For example, the primary concern for a campfire session is safety, both for the storyteller and the audience. Fire, even when contained in a fire pit or fireplace, can be unpredictable, and you want your audience to remember your stories, not an accident or injury.

Tim Ereneta ( is a storyteller based in Berkeley, California, specializing in telling fairy tales to adult audiences. He has told stories at festivals, on stages, and in house concerts, and learned to tell stories around a campfire as a summer camp counselor in California. He writes about storytelling at his blog, Breaking the Eggs: Performance Storytelling in the 21st Century, at

About Storyteller

Sean Buvala has been engaged with storytelling and communication since 1986. From kids in classrooms to bosses in boardrooms, from presenting workshops for global salt miners to consulting with Ph.D.’s in pharmaceuticals, Sean has told and taught stories in nearly every industry and setting. He’s been the boss (and janitor) of a non-profit organization and is currently the entrepreneur-in-charge for his work as the “No-Nonsense Storytelling Coach™.”

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