Jan Andrews

Jan Andrews’ storytelling talents have been described as spellbinding, and she has a career track record to match. She has toured her stories at festivals and concerts around Canada and the world. This spring she toured A Book of Spells: A Storytelling Concert in Two Voices, in Ontario and the United Kingdom.  As well, she recently co-presented a three day master class for performance tellers as part of the Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada Annual Conference, and was the headliner at the First International Storytelling Festival in Tasmania, Australia.

Andrews is known for her delivery of the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Mahabharata and other epics, and she is often invited to perform stories at schools where she works from her repertoire of traditional folk tales.

“Jan Andrews’ exceptional skills in both storytelling and writing make her a perfect match for the Centre’s mandate,” says CCWOC director Warren Cariou. “She is also a gifted mentor and we know she will inspire our students and faculty to approach their creative work in new ways.”

Andrews has been a children’s book author for 40 years and has been shortlisted for a number of awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award. Andrews has also organized many arts events, including founding an organization that helps bring artists into schools. She also created and ran StorySave, a project of Storytellers of Canada that records elders in the Canadian storytelling community. 

For more information about Jan Andrews, check out her website.

Past Writers/Storytellers-in-Residence

Armin Wiebe - Fall 2008

Rody Gorman  - Fall 2008

Gregory Scofield - Fall 2007


CCWOC's Fall 2009 Storyteller-in-Residence Jan Andrews

CCWOC Director Dr. Warren Cariou introduces Jan and the day's guest readers, U of M Student Writers Ashley Sy and Barbara Romanik

U of M Alumnus Ashley Sy reads from one of her works

U of M Alumnus Barbara Romanik reads from her creative work