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

September 2015

September 25-26: The Heart of North Carolina Storytelling Festival.  Featuring National tellers Michael Reno Harrell, Donna Washington and Linda Goodman.  Regional tellers are: Vicky Town, Ray Mendenhall and Naomi Faw.  Sponsored by NCSG, Greensboro City Arts and Triad Storytelling Exchange.  Also featuring a Story Slam, Youth Storytelling, Workshops and Teacher Workshops.  Greensboro Historical Museum, 130 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC.   Contact 704.568.9389 or https://www.facebook.com/heartofnorthcarolinastorytellingfestival?fref=tsPurchase Festival Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1668137?date=1270877.

January 2016

January 29-31: NCSG Winter Workshop, with storyteller David Novak.  To be held on the grounds of the Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell, Oak Island, NC.  Contact Terry Rollins or Dianne Hackworth.

May 2016

May: NCSG Spring Retreat.  (details not yet established)  Wildacres Conference Center, Little Switzerland, NC.  Contact: Dianne Hackworth at dianne@diannehackworth.com or 865.457.3392. 

Other events:

On-Going

The Asheville Storytelling Circle. Meets 3rd Monday of each month - 7:00pm.  Asheville Terrace, 200 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC.  Contact Wallace Shealy, wshealy@wallaceshealy.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.  Twice monthly, one Thursday at 7pm and one Sunday at 3pm(usually 2nd Thursday and third or fourth Sunday) The Storyteller's Book Store, 158 S. White St, Wake Forest, NC 27587. Contact Claire Ramsey at claire@storieswithclaire.com. Current dates listed on www.storieswithclaire.com and www.storystorewf.com. 

Speak Up, Open Mic Night.  Second Thursday of every month 7-9:00pm.  120 N. Main Street, historic, downtown Monroe, NC.  Open mic night is patterned after Tony Toledo's in Lynn, MA.  (Used with Tony's permission.) Anyone wanting to share a story, poem, music, etc. is welcome.  Names are drawn from a hat.  Each person has a maximum of ten minutes. The featured storyteller of the evening has the last 30 minutes. Our first Open Mic Night, held in January 2015, was a big success.  More information contact: Faye Fulton, ffulton50@gmail.com or Linda Goodman, happytales@aol.com or visit http://www.unionarts.org/.

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 (formerly Imagine That! 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 chamlin1@triad.rr.com.

The Village StorytellersFirst Tuesday of the Month, 7:00 pm. Sola Coffee Cafe, 7705 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, North Carolina .  Great stories and Great Food and Coffee.  Share your story and help others improve theirs.  Contact: Gale Buck, gale@woodsmanstories.com.

 

May 2015 

May 26-30: Teller-in-Residence with Andy Offutt Irwin.  Tuesday through Saturday, 2pm.  International Storytelling Center, 116 W. Main St., Jonesborough, TN.  Contact: http://www.storytellingcenter.net/events/storytelling-live/matinee-performances/ or 800-952-8392 or 423.753.2171.

June 2015 

June 13: "A Widow's Tale" Retreat, led by Donna Marie Todd.  Saturday 9am-4pm.  Includes lunch, snacks and all retreat materials.  Pre-registration required.  Christmount Conference Center, 222 Fern Way, Black Mountain, NC.  To register go to: http://www.donnamarietodd.com/a-widows-tale-retreats.

June 13: Living in a Multicultural Community, Storytelling Concert.  Featuring Freeman Owle.  Historic building of Feed and Seed, 3715 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, NC.  Saturday, 4pm.  This event is part of a series of events sponsored by Henderson County Arts Council and STEAP (storytelling education and arts program)Contact feedandseednc.com.

June 13: Award Winning Storyteller, Willa Brigham will be appearing at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Center.  2nd Saturday at 9:00am  $10. admission.  7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC.  Contact: Jess Barbour, 919.866.0228. 

June 13: Michael Reno Harrell is featured at the Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration in Downtown Waynesville, NC.  Contact: 828.456.3517. 

June 13: Connie Regan-Blake performs as a 'special guest' at Bluff Mountain Festival in Hot Springs, NC.  There will also be music, dance, arts & crafts, down home food, and a silent auction to benefit Madison County Arts Council. Free admission.  Contact: http://www.storywindow.com/calendar.htm.

June 13: Collecting Family Stories Workshop, 10am.  Presented by Tim Lowry.  Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC.  Contact: 843.805.6930.

June 15: Lewis, Clark, and Sacajawea, history program presented by Master Storyteller, Tim Lowry.  11am, 2 and 4pm, Chester County Main Library and branches.  Main Library, 100 Center Street, Chester, SC.  Contact: 803.377.8145. 

June 19: Grimm's Fairy Tales, with storyteller, Tim Lowry. 3pm.  Timrod Library, 217 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC. Contact: http://thetimrodlibrary.org/or 843.871.4600.

June 28-July 4: Storytellers Wild Week - Week-long Intensive Storytelling Workshop with Megan Hicks, an award-winning performer, who captivates audiences of all ages and from all walks of life.  Storyteller Megan Hicks has a way with words.  Add her warm sense of humor and deep respect for anybody who is now or ever was a kid.  This year's workshop will focus on the use of Fairy Tales in our personal stories.  Contact Dianne Hackworth at dianne@diannehackworth.com.

June 28-July 4: Basic Techniques of Telling.  Storytelling class taught by Elizabeth Ellis.  John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC.  Contact 1.800.365.5724 or https://classes.folkschool.org/Browse.aspx

July 2015

July 10: Music on the Square featuring Michael Reno Harrell.  7 to 8:30pm.  Downtown, Jonesborough, TN.  Contact: http://www.musiconthesquare.com/home.

July 10-12: Women's Stories.  Weekend storytelling class taught by Elizabeth Ellis.  Enjoy a skill-building workshop for crafting stories of women and their traditional strengths. Historical stories, folk tales, and personal stories will form a nucleus of study for becoming more effective tellers. No experience necessary, just a sense of humor and a willingness to take risks. (Brave men are encouraged to attend!)  John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC.  Contact 1.800.365.5724 or https://classes.folkschool.org/Browse.aspx.

July 11: Toe River Storytelling Festival Featured storytellers are Donna Washington, Donna Marie Todd, Tim Lowry - Saturday 10 to 5:30pm.  Bowman Middle School, 410 S Mitchell Ave., Bakersville, NC.  Contact: https://www.facebook.com/ToeRiverStorytellingFestival.

July 11: Discovering the Hidden Jewels of Your Stories.  One-day Workshop with Andy Offutt Irwin, using a technique of "intentional conversation," Andy  will help participants discover the hidden jewels of their own stories.  Explore ways to present stories, practice performance techniques and more. 10:00am & - 4:30pm. Fee: $100 (includes ticket to Andy’s evening concert.) Walhalla Civic Auditorium, 101 East North Broad St., Walhalla, SC. Contact: eister.lisa@gmail.com or 864.653.4932.

July 12-18: "10th Annual StoryWindow Retreat & Adventure", 7 days of telling, coaching and fun.  Led by Master Storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake.  This Storytelling Workshop welcomes all levels of expertise; from beginner to experienced teller.  In a supportive and encouraging atmosphere, participants discover ways of being in the world that  nurture your creative flow while developing skills to:
  • Find, create, learn, and polish stories.

  • Effectively integrate voice with image, gesture, and emotion.

  • Embody a story and break free of memorization.

  • Engage in companion listening and appreciative inquiry.

  • Activate your body as a key component of a well-told tale.

  • Use your voice, breath, and silence to support the audience’s journey as they listen.

Sunday through Saturday; Asheville, NC.  For details, click on the hyperlink above.  Or contact connie@storywindow.com; 828.258.1113. 

July 14-18: Teller-in-Residence with Bil Lepp.  Tuesday through Saturday, 2pm.  International Storytelling Center, 116 W. Main St., Jonesborough, TN.  Contact: http://www.storytellingcenter.net/events/storytelling-live/matinee-performances/ or 800.952.8392 or 423.753.2171.

July 15: Sheros and Heros, storytelling presented by Willa Brigham.  10:30am  and 1:00pm. Admission: FREE.  Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N Grace St., Rocky Mount, NC.  Contact: Linda Brunch at 252.442.1951.  

July 17: American Folk Tales with storyteller Tim Lowry.  3pm at Timrod Library, 217 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC.  Contact 843.871.4600 or http://thetimrodlibrary.org/.

July 18: Stories on Asheville's Front Porch.  Featured storytellers are John Thomas Fowler, Marci  Nimick and Wallace Shealy.  Saturday morning 10:30 a.m. - Noon.  Downtown Asheville at the Dianna Wortham Theater's Rhino Courtyard. FREE admission.  http://www.ashevilledowntown.org/stories-ashevilles-front-porch.

August 2015

August 8: Award Winning Storyteller, Willa Brigham will be appearing at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Center.  2nd Saturday at 9:00am  $10. admission.  7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC.  Contact: 919.866.0228.

August 15: Forest of Wake Storytelling Festival.  Our Second Annual festival will feature the remarkable talents of Ron Jones, Alan Hoal, Henry Vogel and Pamela Alberda.  Sessions are scheduled throughout the day with storytellers and workshops, beginning at 9:30am, PLUS an evening concert.  Saturday, August 15, 2015, 9:30am - 8:30pm, in the air-conditioned comfort of The Renaissance Center, 405 S. Brooks Street, Wake Forest, NC. For more information contact Gale Buck, gale@woodsmanstories.com.

August 18-22: Teller-in-Residence with David Holt.  Tuesday through Saturday, 2pm.  International Storytelling Center, 116 W. Main St., Jonesborough, TN.  Contact: http://www.storytellingcenter.net/events/storytelling-live/matinee-performances/ or 800.952.8392 or 423.753.2171.

August 21: Appalachian Folktales, as told by Linda Goodman.  2:00 to 2:30pm.  Hampton B Allen Library, 120 South Greene Street, Wadesboro, NC, 2015. 2:00-2:30 pm.  Contact kit.brewer@srls.info or 704.694.5177.

August 21: A Feast of Stories, with storyteller Tim Lowry.  3pm, Timrod Library, 217 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC.  Contact: http://thetimrodlibrary.org/ or 843.871.4600.   

August 28: Evening Storytelling Concert featuring Michael Reno Harrell.  Thursday, 7:30pm - International Storytelling Center, 116 W. Main St., Jonesborough, TN.  Contact: http://www.storytellingcenter.net/events/storytelling-live/matinee-performances/ or 800-952-8392 or 423.753.2171.

    

September 2015

September 12: Award Winning Storyteller, Willa Brigham will be appearing at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Center.   2nd Saturday at 9:00am  $10. admission.  7713-51 Lead Mine Road Raleigh, NC.  Contact: Jess Barbour at 919.866.0228.

September 12: Living in a Multicultural Community, Storytelling Concert.  Featuring Ronnie Pepper.  Feed and Seed, 3715 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, NC.  Saturday, 4pm.  This event is part of a series of events sponsored by Henderson County Arts Council and STEAP (storytelling education and arts program).  Contact feedandseednc.com. 

September 19-20: Don't Get Me Started with Willa Brigham- A One Woman Show.  8:00pm.   Admission: $15.00.  North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theater, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC.  Contact: Jess Barbour at 919.866.0228.

September 25-26: Don't Get Me Started with Willa Brigham- A One Woman Show.  8:00pm. Admission: $15.00.  North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theater, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC.  Contact: Jess Barbour at 919.866.0228.

September 26: 33rd Annual Storytelling Festival.  Saturday, Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC.  Contact oakview@wakegov.com or 919.250.1013.

September 26-27: Cave Run Storytelling Festival.  Featured tellers: Peter Cook, Regi Carpenter, Donald Davis, David Novak and others.  Morehead Tourism, 111 East First Street, Morehead, KY.  Phone: 606.780.4342 or Toll Free: 855.270.8733.

October 2015

October 2-4: National Storytelling Festival.  Featured tellers: Donald Davis, Andy Offutt Irwin, Doug Elliott, Charlotte Blake Alston, New Voice-Adam Booth and others.  116 W. Main Street, Jonesborough, TN.  Contact http://www.storytellingcenter.net/festival/or 800.952.8392 or 423.753.2171.

October 10: Award Winning Storyteller, Willa Brigham will be appearing at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Center.  2nd Saturday at 9:00am  $10. admission.  7713-51 Lead Mine Road Raleigh, NC.  Contact: Jess Barbour at 919-866-0228.

October 16-18: Storytelling Festival of Carolina.  Featuring Bil Lepp, Bill Harley, Sheila Arnold Jones and Diane Ferlatte.  Regional tellers: Martha Johnson, Pamela Alberda and Jadie Fuson.  Storytelling Arts Center, 131 South Main Street, Laurinburg, NC.  Contact http://www.storyartscenter.org/or 910.277.3599.

October 20-24: Teller-in-Residence with Tim Lowry.  Tuesday through Saturday, 2pm.  International Storytelling Center, 116 W. Main St., Jonesborough, TN.  Contact: http://www.storytellingcenter.net/events/storytelling-live/matinee-performances/ or 800-952-8392 or 423-753-2171.

November 2015

November 12-15: 33rd Annual National Black Storytelling Festival & Conference.  "In the Tradition..."  Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA.  Washington, DC Metro area.  Contact http://www.nabsinc.org/contact-us or 410.947.1117.

November 21: Living in a Multicultural Community, Storytelling Concert.  Featuring Donna Marie Todd.  Historic building at Feed and Seed, 3715 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, NC.  This event is part of a series of events sponsored by Henderson County Arts Council and STEAP (storytelling education and arts program).  Contact feedandseednc.com.