Mark Your Calendars - You Don't Want to Miss These Events!
What's going on out there in storytelling? Here's our list of currently scheduled storytelling events around North Carolina and beyond! Be sure and check back with us often, as this list changes.
Guild sponsored events
January 27-29: NCSG Winter Workshop. Will be led by Three-time Emmy Winning Storyteller, Bobby Norfolk. To be held on the grounds of the Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell, Oak Island, NC. DOWNLOAD MORE INFORMATION Contact Terry Rollins or Dianne Hackworth.
NCSG Spring Retreat. Storytelling Workshop. Wildacres Conference Center, Little Switzerland, NC. Contact: Dianne Hackworth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865.457.3392. TBA
November 3-4: NCSG Storytelling Festival. Andy Griffith Playhouse, 218 Rockford St., Mount Airy, NC. More details TBA.
The Asheville Storytelling Circle. Meets 3rd Monday of each month - 7:00pm. Asheville Terrace, 200 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC. Contact Wallace Shealy, email@example.com or 828.581.4603.
The Inner Banks Storytellers Group meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Beaufort County Arts Council building. Washington, NC. For more information, contact Terry Rollins at 252.402.8595.
Northern Wake Storytelling Circle and Meetup. Monthly, usually third Sunday at 3pm. Page 158 Books, 158 S. White St, Wake Forest, NC 27587. Contact Claire Ramsey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Current dates listed on www.storieswithclaire.com and www.storystorewf.com.
Story Spinners Guild. 3rd Monday of every month, Sept. through May. Storytelling Arts Center, 131 S. Main St., Laurinburg, NC. 910.277.3599.
The Storytellers Guild of Charlotte. 3rd Sunday of each month - 3:30pm, in the Education Room of the Total Wine and More. Located in the Promenade on Providence Shopping Center, 5341 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte, NC. Contact 704.756.2919.
Surry Storytellers. Meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Mount Airy Library at 7 p.m. We start with a mini-workshop and then on to stories. The library is located at 145 Rockford Street, Mount Airy, NC 27030 (336.989.5708). Come to listen. Come to tell. For more information call Terri Ingalls at 336.351.3806.
Terry Rollins leads Washington Haunts: the Historic Ghost Walk. Washington, NC. Contact 252.402.8595.
Triad Storytelling Exchange. Meets 3rd Thursday of each month - 6:00pm. CityArts suite, Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro, NC. Contact Charlotte Hamlin at email@example.com.
The Village Storytellers. First Tuesday of the Month, 7:00pm at Sertoma Arts Center, 1400 W. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh, North Carolina. Share your story and help others improve theirs. Note: Center schedule may cause change of Tuesday - contact Gale Buck or check Village Storytellers in Facebook for next event. Contact: Gale Buck, firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 8: WORD show, Stories for the Season, with David Joe Miller and Sherry Lovett at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., Downtown Asheville, NC. Doors open at 6:15pm; show begins at 6:45pm. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library and free to the public. email@example.com.
December 9: The Joyful Jewel Storytelling Festival. Unique storytellers in a unique location. With storytellers Beverly Miller, Roger Manus, Claire Ramsey, Betty Elliott and Ray Christian. Refreshments served. Free. The Joyful Jewel, 44-A Hillsboro St., downtown Pittsboro, NC. Friday, 7-9pm. Contact: Mariah Wheeler at 919.883.2775, firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.joyfuljewel.com.
December 10: Bynum Front Porch Storytelling show. Tellers will be Raymond Christian, Sarah Beth Nelson, Mark Riddle, and Doyle Pace are the tellers. Cynthia Raxter serves as host. Bynum Front Porch is a retired general store in the former cotton mill town - now artist community of Bynum, North Carolina. About 10 miles from Chapel Hill, NC. Refreshments will be served. 6:30pm at Bynum Front Porch, 950 Bynum Rd., Pittsboro NC. Contact: Cynthia Raxter at email@example.com or 919-444-9535.
December 14: David Joe Miller Presents Michael Reno Harrell All New Carolina Christmas Show. Wednesday, 7pm. Buffalo Nickel, 747 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC. $14 at the door; $12. 828.808.1150 or online at http://eventbrite.com/
December 14: Synergy Story Slam. With hosts Todd Lester and Vara Cooper. Bring your ten minutes of story and drop your name in the hat for a chance to compete for 1/2 of the gate. No admission, purely donation based but the more donations the more the prize money! People begin gathering around 7:30; show begins between 8 and 8:30pm. Casual atmosphere, welcoming and inviting. Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC. 828.575.9299 or www.ashevilleodditorium.com.
December 17: Christmas Concert with Tim Lowry presents Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. See Tim in his renowned one-man show. Dressed in Victorian costume, he invokes the spirit of Dickens with his wit and flair for the dramatic. Saturday 2pm and 7:30pm. Reservations strongly recommended. International Storytelling Center, 116 W. Main Street, Jonesborough, TN. storytellingcenter.net or call Toll-free at 1.800.952.8392.
December 17: Donald Davis tells Stories for a Holiday Season. The Big Barn beside McIntyres Fine Books, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro, NC. Saturday at 11am. Contact: https://www.fearrington.com/mcintyres-books/ or 919.542.2121.
December 18: Donald Davis tells Stories for a Holiday Season. The Big Barn beside McIntyres Fine Books, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro, NC. Sunday at 1pm. Contact: https://www.fearrington.com/mcintyres-books/ or 919.542.2121.
January 18: David Joe Miller Presents OPEN MIC! 7pm, sign-up at 6:30pm, limit of 10 min. for a story, poem, or written work. Hosted by Kathy Gordon and Debbie Gurriere. Free. Buffalo Nickel, 747 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, NC. Contact 828.575.2844 for dinner reservations.
January 21-22: Stories from Sea to Shore. Tellers are Tim Lowry, Sheila Arnold Jones & Linda Goodman. First Baptist Church, 312 Kempsville Road, Norfolk, Virginia. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 757.461.3226.
January 26: Listen to This with Tom Chalmers. There are some stories that are just so good they need to be shared with an assembled audience. Local actor/comedian Tom Chalmers invites you to take part in what is quickly becoming one of Asheville’s most popular series, Listen to This. A storytelling format in the vein of “This American Life.” An evening hosted by Chalmers with stories and songs from some of Asheville’s most interesting writers, performers, and citizens. 7:30pm, $15. Asheville Community Theater, 35 E. Walnut St., Asheville NC. www.ashevilletheater.org or 828.254.1320.
January 27-29: Hearts Afire Storytelling Festival. Tellers: Tim Lowry, Sheila Arnold-Jones, Linda Goodman. First Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia. Contact: Gayle Turner, email@example.com
February 15: David Joe Miller Presents OPEN MIC! 7pm, sign-up at 6:30pm, limit of 10 min. for a story, poem, or written work. Hosted by Pete Koschnick and Gary Sizer. Free. Buffalo Nickel, 747 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, NC. Contact 828.575.2844 for dinner reservations.
February 18-20: Saint Simons Island Storytelling Festival, hosted by Epworth By The Sea. Featured tellers will be Donald Davis, Andy Offutt Irwin, Bil Lepp and Lyn Ford. Questions email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration: https://www.hform.com/form.cgi?10875852
March 3-5: Azalea Storytelling Festival 2017. Will feature master storyteller Donald David and others. More information TBA. 214 Bull Street, LaGrange, GA. Contact: email@example.com or 706.882.9909.
March 11: Annual Culpeper Tells Festival. The featured tellers will be Donald Davis along with Adam Booth, Geraldine Buckley and Michael Reno Harrell. Presented by the Friends of the Culpeper County Library. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.facebook.com/CulpeperTells or 540.825.8691.
March 26-April 1: Writing from the Heart. Class on writing and storytelling, led by Bobbie Pell. What does it mean to "write from the heart" in today's world? By examining personal definitions of this phrase, writer of all levels will learn to deepen characterization, to interweave emotional threads into exhilarating plot lines, and to examine imagery to relay mood. Short exercises, storytelling works by national tellers, and journaling methods will expand your writing horizons. Prior to registering, please read our General Information and Policies. John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC. https://classes.folkschool.org/ or 1.800.365.5724.
April 20-23: Stone Soup Storytelling Festival. Featured tellers: Noa Baum and Donna Washington along with 2016 New Voice tellers: Igrid Nixon, Rona Levanthal, Mike Lockett and Marge Pulliam. Liar's Contest, Amateur Competition, plus more, and of course, lots of soup! Woodruff Library, 234 East Hayne St., Woodruff, SC. Contact: http://stonesoupsc.com/ or 864.476.8770.
April 28-29: Sounds of the Mountains Music and Storytelling Festival. Featured will be Donald Davis, Dolores Hydock, Ed Stivender, Kim Weitkamp and After Jack, a musical trio. Camp Bethel, 328 Bethel Road, Fincastle, VA. Contact: email@example.com
May 7-13: Spring Storytelling Retreat & Adventure. Join master storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake for her exciting spring workshop in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Seven days of practice and performance, feedback, and discovery. All levels of expertise are welcome, from beginner to experienced teller. Contact: http://www.storywindow.com/ or 828.258.1113.
May 19-21: Cherokee Storytelling. Class led by Lloyd Arneach. Experience traditional Cherokee storytelling with a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Explore Native American spirituality and how it is shared through stories. Learn to recognize the lessons nature shares with us and how to bring these lessons alive with stories. All levels welcome. Prior to registering, please read our General Information and Policies. John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC. https://classes.folkschool.org/ or 1.800.365.5724.
June 2-4: Ocrafolk Festival 2017, a storytelling and music festival in the heart of the village on Ocracoke Island, NC. The festival features musicians, storytellers, artisans, and characters of Ocracoke Island and Eastern Carolina. Master storyteller, Donald Davis will be a featured storyteller. In addition to weekend performances, events include a Friday Night “Taste of Ocracoke." http://outerbanksthisweek.com/ocracokealive/events/ocrafolk-festival
June 29-July 2: NSN National Storytelling Conference 2017. "All Our Voices: Stories of Immigration & Migration." Kansas City Marriott, Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri. http://www.storynet.org/conference/