Good stories are like comfort food – without the calories. They come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re perfect for any occasion, for anybody.
McCormack loves to share stories and songs.
Stories, even and especially the simple folk and fable, shine a light on little things that have far reaching implications, including the power to draw us together in community.
Among McCormack’s favorites are tales of aged heroes and strong, wise women; creation tales, myths, and epics that speak of values and perseverance; and both prose and poetry that bring to the life the magic of our glorious world.
McCormack has been a featured teller and workshop presenter at local and regional fringes and festivals, including the National Storytellers Network conferences and Philadelphia stages, and educator conferences. She has also developed and facilitated local story slams and swaps.
Workshops and small group or one-to-one coaching sessions on the practice and craft of storytelling and public speaking are lively and insightful.
Among her affiliated roles are: NJ state liaison for the National Storytelling Network, recent past chair and board member of the NJ Jersey Storytelling Festival, president of Patchwork: A Storytelling Guild in Philadelphia, member of the board of the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild, and editor of National Storytelling League’s publication “Story Art.” She is also a member of other various and related cultural, educational, and artists organizations.
McCormack holds a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. in TESOL: Language, Learning, and Literacy, besides several certifications and related awards. She is a dedicated lifelong learner with interests in neuroscience, linguistics, history, communications, and marketing, besides mindfulness and general health.
Most recently, her pursuits have reached into the worlds of online and print marketing, as well as audio production and editing–both of which rely on creative content and concise communications.
McCormack earned a 2014 Women’s Achievement award by the National Association of Professional Women, was editor of NSL’s Story Art magazine and chairman and facilitator of the AMK Short Story contest for many years, author of “Don’t Let the Best Man Ruin Your Wedding: A Bride’s Best Guide for the Best Man’s Speech” and several articles related to the art of storytelling, for which Bride magazine noted her as an expert in the field, and has presented various workshops on the importance and application of storytelling for communication, healing, and connection.
McCormack’s mantra: There is a story for every time and purpose under heaven.