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 2017

May 5-7: NCSG Spring Retreat.  Storytelling Workshop to be presented by storyteller, Alan Hoal.  Wildacres Conference Center, Little Switzerland, NC.  Contact: Dianne Hackworth at dianne@diannehackworth.com or 865.457.3392.  DOWNLOAD INFORMATION & REGISTRATION

November 2017

November 3-4: NCSG Storytelling Festival.  Andy Griffith Playhouse, 218 Rockford St., Mount Airy, NC.  More details TBA.

January 2018

January 26-28: NCSG Winter Workshop. Will be led by Sheila Kay Adams.  To be held on the grounds of the Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell, Oak Island, NC.  Contact Terry Rollins or Dianne Hackworth.

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.

Chapel Hill Story Circle.  Meets second Tuesday of each month, 7pm.  Please contact Sarah Beth Nelson for address: voxfabularum@gmail.com  https://www.facebook.com/chapelhillstorycircle/

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 claire@storieswithclaire.com.  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.

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, 7:00pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 301 E Whitaker Mill Rd., Raleigh, North Carolina (come in the patio door on the side, below the sanctuary).  Share your story and help others improve theirs. Contact: Gale Buck, gale@woodsmanstories.com or check Village Storytellers in Facebook.
 

 

March 23: Front Porch Stories.  Raleigh's Front Porch Stories returns with three wondrous storytellers sharing exciting tales from around the world.  Pamela Alberda is 2015 Bold-Faced Liars' Champion and enjoys folk tales from around the world as well as tall tales filled with laughter. Ken Grant offers tales from Army life, young man's life on the Mississippi, and other stories.  With an artistic background (she is a painter) Janis Epton takes a different twist as she paints her canvas with elaborate descriptions that almost jump into your lap. Our Emcee will be Ms Beky O'Connel, experienced leader in many fields, some on motorcycle.  Thursday, 7pm.  Admission: Just One Smile.  Westminster Presbyterian Church, 301 E Whitaker Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC.  Visit www.frontporchstories.org or contact Gale Buck, gale@woodsmanstories.com.

March 25: David Joe Miller Presents, Dr. Joseph Sobol with "Jack and the Least Gal."  Free and sponsored by The Buncombe County Friends of the Library and David Joe Miller.  Enter the phantasmagorical world of JACK, the Appalachian wonder tale hero and his feminine counterpart THE LEAST GAL in a concert of intertwining fold tales at 2pm.  Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. Asheville, NC.  Contact: 828.250.4700 or http://www.davidjoemiller.com/

March 25: Storyteller Tim Lowry to present TWO shows for children and families. Morning show - 10am; afternoon show - 2pm, Weaverville Library, 41 N Main St. Weaverville, NC.  Contact: http://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library/ or 828.250.6482.

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.

March 31-April 1: 3rd  Annual Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival.  Friday and Saturday; 9am to 9pm.  Open to public.  Stories by national story teller Bill Lepp and others. Music with singer/songwriter John McCutcheon. Family friendly stories, Appalachian memories, tall tales, children stories, ghost stories.  Young Harris College, Young Harris, Georgia.  Visit www.yhc.edu/storytelling or contact local teller Kanute Rarey, 502.525.7272 or KanuteTells@gmail.com.

April 2017

April 5: The Anson County Writers' Club will hold their Back Porch Stories performance.  Featuring storytellers Mitch "Gran'Daddy Junebug" Capel, Brenda Gilbert, and E. Gale Buck.  The event is in conjunction with the Carolinas Writers Conference, and will be held at 7pm in the Ansonia Theatre at Lockhart-Taylor Center, 110-112  S. Rutherford St, Wadesboro, NC.  http://www.carolinaswritersconference.org/

April 5: Story Swap  A monthly (first Wednesday of every month), community event for sharing stories in a friendly back porch style at the charming Clay Pot Coffee Shop! We have a feature teller each month and a rotation of solid regulars who bring a whole lot of life to the mic! Come to listen or put your name in the Story Swap Hat for a 5 min chance to share a tale of your own! What's your story? We want to know! 7:00pm to 8:30pm;  Free!  Address: 166 S Dargan Street, Florence, SC.  Phone: 843-260-5431;  Email: suchastoryteller@hotmail.com; Website: https://www.facebook.com/StorySwap/

April 7-9: Taking Your Story to the Stage Storytelling Workshop with Connie Regan-Blake.  The focus of this 3-day intensive is on storytelling performance. Each participant is asked to come with a story that is almost “stage-ready.” The workshop begins Friday with group and partner exercises and individual feedback to smooth rough edges and polish your story. The workshop culminates in a performance. On Saturday evening we will meet at 6:45pm to welcome our audience for the performance. The workshop concludes Sunday with reflection on the performance.  9am-4pm; $450; Early registration discounts available.  Address: 51 Vance Gap Rd. Asheville,NC.  Contact: (828) 258-1113; connie@storywindow.com; https://www.facebook.com/events/400370466964873/

April 8: A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories.  Join nationally celebrated storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she hosts her “Taking the Stage” workshop participants for an enchanting evening of storytelling in picturesque Black Mountain, NC.  You’ll enjoy a variety of stories and storytelling styles featuring tellers.  7:30pm; $10 in advance; $15 at the door.  Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC.  Contact: 828-258-1113; connie@storywindow.com. Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-slice-of-life-an-evening-of-stories-hosted-by-connie-regan-blake-tickets-31545333943?aff=es2

April 8: Bynum Front Porch Storytelling.  Emcee: Garry Lipson. Tellers: Ken Corsbie, Tyndall Harris, Pam Smith and Suzi Whalen.  Family friendly - stories most enjoyed by those 8 and above.  Refreshments served.  Free “but we pass the pith helmet.”  6:30-9pm.  Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312.  Contact CynthiaRaxter@ gmail.com, 919.444.9535 or http://www.bynumfrontporch.org/

April 19: An Evening with Chuck Brodsky.  David Joe Miller Presents an Evening with Chuck Brodsky.Singer/songwriter/storyteller and all around great guy, Chuck Brodsky will once again entertain us at Buffalo Nickel, 747 Haywood Road Asheville, NC.  Doors open at 5pm, show at 7pm.  We recommend dinner reservations by calling 828-575-2844.  Last years show SOLD OUT! so please get your tickets online early and call for a reservations for a dinner time somewhere between 5:15 and 6:30pm, as the show begins at 7pm.  $15-$17.  Contact: 828-575-2844 or http://www.storytellingcalendar.com/events/

April 21-23: Stone Soup Storytelling Festival.  Featured tellers: Noa Baum and Donna Washington along with 2016 New Voice tellers: Igrid Nixon, Rona Levanthal, Mike Lockett and Marg Pulliam. Liar’s Contest, Amateur Competition and plus more, and of course, lots of soup!  Woodruff Library, 234 East Hayne Street, Woodruff, SC.  Contact: http://stonesoupsc.com/ or 864.476.8770.

April 22: WORDFEST, Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative, Lenoir Rhyne University (3rd floor of Chamber of Commerce building), Montford Ave. in Asheville. David Joe Miller will present a workshop, “Building Your Spoken Word Business”, noon to 2 pm. http://www.avlwordfest.com/for more information.

April 24: David Joe Miller Presents: WORD! Featuring Moth Story Slam Champion from New York City Jamie Brickhouse Raymond Christian from Boone, NC and Vera Cooper from Asheville, NC. Trade & Lore Coffee House, 37 Wall St. downtown Asheville. Tickets are 15 online at Eventbrite or 17 at the door, night of show. Doors open at 7:30 and show begins at 8pm.  Contact: 828.250.4700 or http://www.davidjoemiller.com/

April 27: David Joe Miller Presents: WORD!, poetry with Justin Blackburn, Pack Memorial Library in Downtown Asheville, 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm). Free admission. Sponsored by the Buncombe County Friends of the Library and David Joe Miller.  Contact: 828.250.4700 or http://www.davidjoemiller.com/

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: campbetheloffice@gmail.com

April 29: BOLD-FACED LIARS' SHOWDOWN!  We are excited to welcome the 2017 Liars' during our inaugural Spring Art.  Liars from across the East Coast will spin their yarns and the best storytellers compete for the prestigious title of "Biggest Liar."  You'll want to be a part of it and help with the audience selection of "People's Choice."  Tickets are $10 for the afternoon show - 2:00 pm.  Showdown will take the stage at the downtown Arts Center, 131 S. Main Street, Laurinburg, NC.  All proceeds benefit the Arts Council of Scotland County.  Interested in participating??  Download application here!  Contact the Arts Center at 910.277.3599 or Brenda Gilbert at bgstoryteller@gmail.com  

April 30: Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch presents “Tales from the Porch” A storytelling concert on Sunday, 2pm at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Local tellers provide stories of the cultural legacy of our neighbors - featuring Kathy Gordon, Catherine Flaherty, RoseLynn Katz, and Becky Stone. Hosted by Tom Chalmers of “Listen to This”. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door.  Contact: 828.684.0481. Tickets can be purchased at BrownPaperTickets.com.

April 30: Do Tell Storytelling Festival.  Will be hosted in Stull Hall at Grace Lutheran Church - 3 to 6 pm.  Enjoy live performance with storytellers performing hot-off-the-press stories.  Intended for grown-up hearts and minds!  The event is for ages 10-110.  This benefit goes for Homes For Youth, an organization which addresses homelessness in Henderson County. The cost $12 per person at the door.  1245 6th Ave. West, Hendersonville, NC.  Contact: 838.388.0247

May 2017

May 2-6: Teller in Residence, with Bil Lepp.  Matinee - 2pm.  International Storytelling Center, 100 W Main St, Jonesborough, TN 37659.  Contact: http://www.storytellingcenter.net/ or 423.753.2171.

May 4: Teller in Residence, with Bil Lepp.  Evening concert - 7:30pm.  International Storytelling Center, 100 W Main St, Jonesborough, TN 37659.  Contact: http://www.storytellingcenter.net/ or 423.753.2171.

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 13: Bynum Front Porch Storytelling.  Emcee: Mark Brady. Tellers: Sam Pearsall, Revonda Crow, Gretchen McNeely, Russell Davis, Cynthia Raxter.  Family friendly - stories most enjoyed by those 8 and above.  Refreshments served.  Free “but we pass the pith helmet.”  6:30-9pm.  Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312.  Contact CynthiaRaxter@ gmail.com, 919.444.9535 or http://www.bynumfrontporch.org/

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.

May 20: Cooking Up Stories.  Workshop with Master Storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake.  Saturday, 1-4pm.  Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave, Tryon, NC.  Contact: Connie Regan-Blake: http://www.storywindow.com/ or 828.258.1113.

May 20: Made from Scratch, Storytellers Dottie Jean Kirk and Connie Regan-Blake Serve Up Delicious Southern Stories.  Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave, Tryon, NC.  Contact: Dorothy Kirk at 828.859.9528.

May 20: FEED & SEED storytelling diversity series in FLETCHER NC, directed by storyteller/folk musician Elena Diana Miller, begins this Spring and continues quarterly with programs on Saturday afternoon at 4pm.  This program is supported by a grant from The Arts Council of Henderson County through the auspices of S.T.E.A.P, Inc., founded by Karen-Eve Baynes. Come enjoy a special colorful program of varying cultures and lifestyles in Western North Carolina.  Feed & Seed, 3715 Hendersonville Highway, Fletcher, NC.  Contact: 828.684.0481.

May 30-June 6: Teller in Residence, with Liz Weir.  Matinee - 2pm.  International Storytelling Center, 100 W Main St, Jonesborough, TN 37659.  Contact: http://www.storytellingcenter.net/ or 423.753.2171.

June 2017

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 13-17: Teller in Residence, with Andy Offutt Irwin.  Matinee - 2pm.  International Storytelling Center, 100 W Main St, Jonesborough, TN 37659.  Contact: http://www.storytellingcenter.net/ or 423.753.2171.

June 17: FEED & SEED Storytelling diversity series in FLETCHER NC, directed by storyteller/folk musician Elena Diana Miller.  A quarterly series of programs.  Saturday afternoon - 4pm.  The program is supported by a grant from The Arts Council of Henderson County through the auspices of S.T.E.A.P, Inc., founded by Karen-Eve Baynes.  Enjoy a program of varying cultures and lifestyles.  Feed & Seed, 3715 Hendersonville Highway, Fletcher, NC.  Contact: 828.684.0481.

June 20-24: Teller in Residence, with Bill Harley.  Matinee - 2pm.  International Storytelling Center, 100 W Main St, Jonesborough, TN 37659.  Contact: 423.753.2171 or http://www.storytellingcenter.net/.

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/

July 2017

July 2-8: Storytellers WildWeek.  Week-long Intensive Storytelling Workshop with Kim Weitkamp.  Kim speaks/performs to tens of thousands of people a year. She is a storyteller at the top of her craft and whether the story is tucked into a speech, performed from stage, or used as a tool for learning, one thing is for sure. Contact Dianne Hackworth, dianne@diannehackworth.com or http://dianne79.wixsite.com/wildweek

July 8: STORIES ON ASHEVILLE'S FRONT PORCH presents a variety of tales from other lands and from our home of Western North Carolina.  Directed by Karen Schwartz, features John Thomas Fowler, musician/ storyteller, and a clown troupe for the children.  All programs are in July on Saturday at 10:30 at Jubilee Community Church, 46 Wall St. in downtown Asheville, NC. Contact: 828.684.0481.

July 11-15: Teller in Residence, with Dan Kedding.  Matinee - 2pm.  International Storytelling Center, 100 W Main St, Jonesborough, TN 37659.  Contact: 423.753.2171 or http://www.storytellingcenter.net/.

July 15: STORIES ON ASHEVILLE'S FRONT PORCH presents a variety of tales from other lands and from our home of Western North Carolina.  "Moonshine," directed by Elena Diana Miller, features Sandra Gudger, actor Milton Higgins and musician/storyteller Jon Sundell.  Saturday at 10:30 at Jubilee Community Church, 46 Wall St. in downtown Asheville, NC.  Contact: 828.684.0481.

July 15: Storyteller & Musician, Michael Reno Harrell.  Performing at the Fireman's Kitchen at Saturday 8:00pm.  30 3rd Street NW, Hickory, NC.  Contact: 828.328.2283.

July 22: STORIES ON ASHEVILLE'S FRONT PORCH presents a variety of tales from other lands and from our home of Western North Carolina.  Directed by Shay Thames, features tellers of "World Tales."  Saturday at 10:30 at Jubilee Community Church, 46 Wall St. in downtown Asheville, NC.  Contact: 828.684.0481.

July 23-29: Summer Storytelling Retreat & Adventure.  Join master storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake for the summer offering her Retreat & Adventure in the beautiful Western North Carolina mountains.  Seven days of practice and performance, feedback, and discovery. All levels of expertise are welcome, from beginner to experienced teller.  Contact: connie@storywindow.com or 828.258.1113.

August 2017

August 1-5: Teller in Residence, with Michael Reno Harrell.  Matinee - 2pm.  International Storytelling Center, 100 W Main St, Jonesborough, TN 37659.  Contact: http://www.storytellingcenter.net/ or 423.753.2171.

August 8-12: Teller in Residence, with David Novak.  Matinee - 2pm.  International Storytelling Center, 100 W Main St, Jonesborough, TN 37659.  Contact: http://www.storytellingcenter.net/ or 423.753.2171.