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Ed Okonowicz, a Delaware native, He has worked as an editor and writer at the University of Delaware, where he continues to teach courses in storytelling, communication and writing.

A professional storyteller, Ed presents a number of programs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. He is a member of the Delaware Humanities Forum Speakers Bureau and Visiting Scholars Program and has served on the Maryland State Arts Council Traditional/Folk Arts Advisory Panel.

He is the author of 24 books. They range from biographies and oral history to short story collections about Mid-Atlantic ghost stories, legends and folklore. He also has written two murdery mystery novels set in the fictional state of DelMarVa.

 

Author Ed Okonowicz who offers readers chilling tales and legends and fascinating oral histories from the Mid-Atlantic region. Okonowicz, has an MA , Communication, University of Delaware, BA , Education, Univesity of Delaware, featured on "Ghost Waters," The Learning Channel. Mr. Okonowicz has written Ghost Writer for Delaware Today Magazine, and appeared on many radio and television programs frequently to speak about ghosts and storytelling. He has been a speaker at the Gettysburg Ghost Conference and his many haunted publications ar published by Myst and Lace Publishers Inc.

Okonowicz is also the author of the well-known DelMarVa murder mystery series. His programs on teaching Delaware and Maryland history through folklore and legends are popular in schools and libraries. He also offers workshops in writing and storytelling and public speaking.

One of his most popular programs is a presentation of Delaware, Maryland and Delmarva history for visitors attending state, regional and national conferences. Following is a sampling of some of his clients

• National Association of Press Women (national convention)
• Military reunions
• Fraternal organizations (Knights of Columbus and Masonic Order)
• College and student meetings (Americorps and Governor's School for Excellence)
• Occupational conventions (Maryland Library Association, University Continuing Education Association, Mid-Atlantic Region)
• Elderhostels, Academy of Lifelong Learning
SCHOOL PROGRAMS and WORKSHOPS
(also appropriate for librairies, scouts and church youth groups)
Some of the programs listed above are appropriate for students and can be adapted in terms of content, length and focus, depending upon the needs of the student group. For these programs, see descriptions above:
Folksongs and Folktales

Memories of World War II in Delaware
America's Patriotic Music, from The Revolution to September 11

Storytelling from the Brandywine to the Bay

Haunted Delaware and/or Haunted Delmarva

Disappearing Delmarva: A Look at the Effects of Progress
on the People and Small Businesses throughout the Peninsula

Learning Delaware History through Folklore and Legends
Using folklore, legends and ghost stories to teach the significant events of Delaware's significant role in our country's history has worked very well in schools and library settings. Photographs of historic sites—from Woodburn (Delaware’s Governor’s Mansion) to sites along the beaches of the Delaware and Chesapeake Bay—reinforce the stories that are told during the program. Hear about (and see) the "Ticking Tomb" interesting tombstones and their eerie inscriptions and the sites of reported Civil War (Fort Delaware) and Revolutionary War spirits . .. and much more. This popular program concludes with an opportunity for questions from the audience.


Secrets Behind the Stories
FREE BOOKS offered in NEW SCHOOL/LIBRARY PROGRAM: If your child is in elementary, middle school or high school, Ed is offering a program called "SECRETS BEHIND THE STORIES," where he visits the school or public library and teaches students about writing and interviewing. Each student receives a FREE COPY of one of his ghost/folklore books as part of the session. For information, call Ed at 410 398 5013 or send him an email. Or tell your child’s teacher, home school association or librairan about this popular program and call Ed for more information.

How to Write a Spooky Story
FREE BOOKS offered in NEW SCHOOL/LIBRARY PROGRAM:In this one- or two-part workshop, students will learn about story structure, ideas, develop a focus, story title, write a short story and then discuss the content and writing process. A FREE BOOK is provided to each student, and selected stories are discussed and used to illustrate different stages of the writing and creative planning process. Ideal for ages 10 through high school, and can be used in schools, libraries or for home schoolers.

Other programs by request
Storytelling programs can be adapted for almost any venue, such as

Campfires
Conferences
Family Gatherings
Banquets
Breakfast or Dinner Meetings
Bus Tours
Luncheons
Anniversary Parties
Holiday Gatherings
Historical Town Walking Tours and Cemetery Tours
(ideal fund-raising programs)

Ed and Cecil County historian Mike Dixon develop and conduct town and/or cemetery walking tours, which are used as fund raisers for non-profit organizations.

Under the name History and Haunts they have done this successfully for such groups as:

Friends of the Delaware City Library
Boys and Girls Clubs of Cecil County
St. Mary Anne’s Episcopal Church, North East, Md.
Corbit-Calloway Library, Odessa, Del.
Historical Society of Cecil County, Elkton, Md.
Newark Arts Alliance, Newark, Del.
Smyrna Clayton Heritage Association, Smyrna, Del.
Del Tech Adult Plus+, Georgetown, Del.
Friends of the Snow Hill Library, Snow Hill, Md.
Historic Elk Landing, Elkton, Md.
Cecil County Arts Council, Elkton, Md.
Maryland Library Association, for its annual convention

The combination of history and folklore and ghost stories attracts individuals who might not attend a historical lecture in a sterile setting. But, place the program in an 18th century cemetery, or at an historical site—and combine a few eerie legends—and the audience will come and depart with a greater appreciation and interest in history.

Some Previous Clients Include

This is a very small sampling of some of the groups, companies, schools and museums that have used Ed's sevices:

Museums, Organizations, Corporations and Societies
Philadelphia Art Museum
Siegfried USA
Talbot County Historical Society
Arsenal in Olde New Castle
Chadds Ford Inn
Historical Society of Delaware
Historical Society of Cecil County
Elk Landing Foundation
Delaware State Parks: at Trap Pond, Killens Pond, Fort Delaware, Bellevue Mansion
Ghost/History Lantern Tour, Fort Delaware (since 1997)
Chautauqua (opening act in 2002, 2003, 2004) at Cecil Community College (Maryland)
First Night Wilmington
Friends of the Hancock House
Cecil Community College Milburn Stone Theater
New Castle 350th Anniversary Celebration
Delaware Seashore Preservations Foundation
Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation Tyler Arboretum
Delaware Agricultural Museum
Fort Delaware State Park
Delaware Geneaological Society
Lewes Historical Society
Dover Historical Society
Delaware Civil War Round Table
Harrington Historical Society
Numerous Senior Centers, Retirement Facilities and Elderhostels
Universities and Colleges
University of Delaware
Parents Weekend, History/Folklore Walking Tour, University of Delaware
Students Activities Welcome Back to Campus Program, University of Delaware
Upward Bound
Academy of Lifelong Learning (Wilmington and Southern Delaware)
Bach's Lunch Series
Salisbury University
State of Delaware Governor’s School for Excellence
Delaware Technical and Community College Elderhostel and Adult Plus+
Schools, Libraries and Student Oriented Organizations
Milford Middle School
Redding Middle School
Highlands Elementary School
The Tatnall School
Gauger Middle School
Cherry Hill Middle School PTO
Elkton Middle School
Milford Middle School
Holy Cross Elementary School
Most Blessed Sacrament School
Delaware School for the Deaf
St. Hedwig's School
Our Lady of Fatima School
Ferris School
Maryland Library Association Annual Convention
Corbitt Calloway Memorial Library
Kent County (Del.) Library
Dover Public Library
Wicomico County Library
Carroll County Library
Worcester County Library
Denton Library
Sudlersville Library
Bel Air Library
Brandywine Hundred Branch Library
Harrington Public Library
Elsmere Public Library
Selbyville Public Library
Cecil County Public Library
Boys' and Girls' Clubs of Cecil County
Girl Scouts Fall School Training Sessions
State, Regional and National Conventions
Flying Farmers, Masonic Lodge, Knights of Columbus, Maryland Library Association,
University Continuing Education Association, Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
Country Club Managers of Delaware
National Convention Speaker for National Association of Press Women

Speaker at Paranormal Conferences
Gettysburg Ghost Conference, for International Ghost Hunting Society
Gettysburg Ghost Conference, for Pennsylvania Society for Paranormal Research
Eastern Paranormal Conference, for Baltimore Society for Paranormal Research
Ed also made presentations at conferences for educators, parent teacher organizations, booksellers, health care professionals, agricultural groups, scout leaders and religious educators

Affiliation/Funding: Ed is a member of the Delaware Humanities Forum Speakers Bureau (for presentations before organizations) and Visiting Scholars Program (for talks in schools). Some of his programs are funded by this organization. Call him for information at (410) 398 5013 or e-mail at edo@mystandlace.com.

 

Because of his many books on ghosts and folklore, Ed has been a speaker at numerous paranormal conferences, sponsored by the

• International Ghost Hunters Society
• Pennsylvania Paranormal Conference
• Baltimore Society for Paranormal Research
As a storyteller he has been named a featured teller at Philadelphia's Tellabration and twice at The Gathering, a Mid-Atlantic regional storytelling convention.
Selected Awards
• AmPol (American's of Polish Descent Cultural Society) Person of the Year Achievement Award , 2002
• National Paranomal Awards, Best Speaker at the Eastern Regional Paranormal Conference, 2004, Baltimore, presented by Maryland Paranormal Investigators Coalition
• Storytelling World Honor Awards, Welcome Inn, "Concert by Candlelight" (1996), Terrifying Tales of the Beaches and Bays, "A Horrifyingly True Fishing Story" (2001) best adult story category
• National Association of Press Women, 1998 Communication Contest, Disappearing Delmarva, best general book award and best photojournalism entry
Tours
With Mike Dixon, Cecil County historian, Ed presents cemetery walks and historic town walking tours as fund raising events for non-profit organizations throughout Delmarva and nearby states.

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New Student Programs on "how to write a spooky story" and "storytelling" and "Writting" (some with free books for students) are available for Teachers, home schoolers,and Librarians, call for information 410-398-5013

 

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