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
May 1-3: NCSG's Spring Retreat. A Storytelling Journey, with workshop leader, Author, Storyteller and Playwright, Linda Goodman. Everyone has a story to tell. This workshop is designed to help you tell yours. Through a series of exercises, you will revisit the special places, unforgettable characters, and unique moments in your life that have helped to make you who you are. To be held at the Wildacres Retreat Center, Little Switzerland, NC. Contact: Dianne Hackworth at email@example.com or 865-457-3392.
September 25-26: The Heart of NC Storytelling Festival. More details coming soon. Sponsored by NCSG, Greensboro City Arts and Triad Storytelling Exchange. Greensboro, NC.
The Asheville Storytelling Circle. Meets 3rd Monday of each month - 7:00pm. Asheville Terrace, 200 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC. Contact Wallace Shealy, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda Goodman, email@example.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 the Historic Washington Ghost Walk. Washington, NC. Contact I Can't Believe It's a Bookstore, at 252.946.0855.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Village Storytellers. First 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, email@example.com.
March 6-8: Azalea Storytelling Festival. Donald Davis will be telling with Ed Stivender, Bil Lepp, Carol Cain and Kevin Kling. LaGrange, Georgia. http://www.lagrange.edu/events/azalea/index.html
March 13: Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival Workshop with Michael Reno Harrell, “Your Family Stories Need To Be Told." The oral tradition is the way in which family histories have been passed on for generations. Learn the art of taking factual and anecdotal information and turning it into entertaining and educational stories that will inspire and propagate family history. Space limited. Friday, Registration required. Register by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Time: 10am-11:30am Admission Free. Charleston County Library, 68 Calhoun Street. 843-805-6930. Website: www.ccpl.org
March 13-15: Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival. Festival Headliners include Charlotte Blake Alston, Michael Reno Harrell, Bil Lepp and Corinne Stavish. Friday night concert, Saturday storytelling all day, Saturday night Ghost Stories and Family Concert. Wragg Square, corner of Meeting and Charlotte Street, Charleston, SC. Contact email@example.com.
March 14, 2015: “Culpeper Tells” Storytelling Festival with Donald Davis and others. State Theater of Culpepper, 305 S. Main Street, Culpeper, Virginia. Contact http://www.culpepertheatre.org/events/culpeper-tells-a-festival-of-words/ or 540.825.8691.
March 15-20: "Reader's Theater" - Folk School Style. Storytelling, Writing class, taught by Bobbie Pell. John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC. Contact 1-800-365-5724 or https://classes.folkschool.org/Browse.aspx
March 20: Daughters of the Appalachians, Created in the Carolinas. Join Linda Goodman for her one-woman show, at 7:30 pm. 216C W South Main St, Waxhaw, NC. $10 per ticket. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-687-6341.
March 21: Finding the Storyteller in You. A one-day storytelling workshop with Connie Regan-Blake. Everyone welcome – from beginner to experienced, Saturday 9:30am - 4:30pm. Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, 36 Montford Avenue, Asheville (third floor of the Asheville Visitors Center). Contact: www.StoryWindow.com, email@example.com or 828.258.1113.
March 21: Two Strong Women Quivering in their Boots. Women's History Month, to honor women from all walks of life. Faye Fulton shares her striking, portrayal of Abigail Adams, wife of President John Adams. Linda Goodman shares women from her award winning show and book, Daughters of the Appalachians. Indian Trail Cultural Arts, located at the intersection of Navajo Trail and Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail, NC. FREE. Program for grownups: ages 12 - adult. Contact Susan Didier 704-821-2541, email Linda's Goodman: firstname.lastname@example.org or Faye's Fulton: email@example.com; http://www.Indiantrail.org/departments.php?cat=381
April 11: Do Tell! Stories Under the Bell Tower, Storytelling Festival. Join us for a day with nationally-known storytellers who will make you laugh, cry, and cheer as they tell hand-crafted stories about life, mystery, history, and legends. 10am-8:30pm; admission varies by event. Madison Morgan Cultural Center, 434 S Main Street, Madison, GA. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mmcc-arts.org, 706-342-4743.
April 16-19: Stone Soup Storytelling Festival. Events on Main. Featured tellers, are Leeny Del Seamonds, Diane Macklin, Anthony Burcher, Lona Bartlett, Denise Bennett, and Darion McCloud. Local tellers are Faye Fulton and Cora Newcomb. Emcee, Linda Goodman. 220 South Main Street, Woodruff, SC. http://stonesoupsc.com/
April 17-18: Sounds of the Mountains Festival. Featuring Donald Davis, Dolores Hydock, Patrick Ball and Baba Jamal Koram. Camp Bethel, 328 Bethel Road, Fincastle, VA. http://www.soundsofthemountains.org/information.html or email@example.com.
April 17: Back Porch Stories presented by the Anson County Writer’s Club. Storytellers will be Michael Reno Harrell, Martha Reed Johnson and J.A. Bolton. Time 7pm; cost $5. Ansonia Theater, 110-112 S. Rutherford Street, Wadesboro, NC. Contact: www.carolinaswritersconference.org.
April 18: Carolina Writers Conference. Storyteller, Martha Johnson will be teaching writing skills for storytelling. Mr. D.G. Martin and other well known authors will be speaking. $25 for the day, includes lunch. Begins at 8:30am at the Lockhart-Taylor Center, 514 N. Washington Street, Wadesboro, NC. Sponsored by the Anson County Writer’s Club. Contact: www.carolinaswritersconference.org.
April 18: Jonesborough's Storytellers Guild's Appalachian Roots Tribute 2015. A full day of exploring the Appalachian culture of East Tennessee with the oldest storytelling guild in the country. Morning and afternoon workshops on Appalachian culture, storytelling, History and music. An "Appalachian Table" Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Charlotte Ross. Jonesborough, TN. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or http://appalachianrootstribute.blogspot.com/
April 18: "Daughters of the Appalachians" at Jonesborough Storytelling Guild's Appalachian Tribute. Evening performance with keynote speaker, Linda Goodman, in her one-woman show. Saturday, 7:00 pm. Jonesborough, TN. Contact: email@example.com or http://appalachianrootstribute.blogspot.com/
May 1-3: NCSG's Spring Retreat "A Storytelling Journey". Workshop Presenter Linda Goodman. Wildacres Retreat Center
Little Switzerland, NC. Download Information and Registration
May 5-9: Teller-in-Residence with Jay O'Callahan. 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.
May 8: Evening Storytelling Concert featuring Bil Lepp. Thursday, 7:30pm - International Storytelling Center, 116 W. Main St., Jonesborough, TN. Contact: http://www.storytellingcenter.net/events/storytelling-live/evening-storytelling-concerts/ or 800-952-8392 or 423-753-2171.
May 12-16: Teller-in-Residence with Connie Regan-Blake. 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.
May 17-22: Storytelling from Scratch. Storytelling class taught by Ted Cooley. John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC. Contact 1-800-365-5724 or https://classes.folkschool.org/Browse.aspx
May 19-23: Teller-in-Residence with Elizabeth Ellis. 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.
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 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 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 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. Bowman Middle School, 410 S Mitchell Ave., Bakersville, NC. (More details to follow.) Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ToeRiverStorytellingFestival
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.