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Liz Warren

Faculty Director, SMCC Storytelling Institute

Current Classes

STO286 - Using Storytelling In A Variety Of Settings
STO293 - The Art of Storytelling II
STO297 - Creating And Telling Personal Stories


Liz Warren, a fourth-generation Arizonan, is the director and one of the founders of the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. The Institute received the Maricopa Community Colleges 2016 Diversity Award, and the 2014 New Times Best of Phoenix award for “Best Place to Learn to Tell Tales.” Her textbook, The Oral Tradition Today: An Introduction to the Art of Storytelling is used at colleges around the nation. Her recorded version of The Story of the Grail received a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award and a Storytelling World Award. She serves as storytelling coach for Gannett’s nationwide Storytellers Project. In July 2014 she received the Oracle Award for Service and Leadership from the National Storytelling Network. In September 2014 she was named to the New Times list of 100 Creatives in Phoenix. The Arizona Humanities Council recently awarded her the Dan Schilling Award as the 2018 Humanities Public Scholar.  In 2019, the American Association of Community Colleges awarded her the Dale Parnell Distinguished Faculty Award. She is the author of two new publications from the Vitalyst Health Foundation: A policy brief, Storytelling as a Catalyst for Systems Change, and a workbook, Storytelling for Resident Leaders.


  • B.S., Arizona State University, Anthropology
  • M.A., Arizona State University, Anthropology


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