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 2015

May 1-3: NCSG's Spring RetreatA 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 dianne@diannehackworth.com or 865-457-3392. 

September 2015

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.

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.

 

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.

 

April 2015

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: rarmistead@mmcc-arts.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 campbetheloffice@gmail.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: rootsinfo@storytellersguild.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: rootsinfo@storytellersguild.org or http://appalachianrootstribute.blogspot.com/

April 23: Raleigh's Front Porch Stories is back with the incredible talents of Mister J.A. Bolton, Ms Pamela Alberda - first place at the 2015 Bold-Faced Liars' Showdown, and the incomparable Mister Ted Feitshans. Admission is still just One Smile, you will have plenty to spare. Front Porch Stories is hosted by Sola Coffee Cafe, 7705 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC . Please visit http://frontporchstories.org/fpfiles/fp150423.html or email: gale@woodsmanstories.com. We will save you a seat, you bring the smile.

April 26: The Do Tell Storytelling Festival will take place Sunday at Grace Lutheran Church in Hendersonville at 3pm. Tellers are Shanita Jackson, Donna Marie Todd, Becky Stone, and Karen Eve Bayne. Admission for this event is $12. Go to: http://www.dotellfestival.org/.

May 2015 

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 9: 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. 

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 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 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 10-12: 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 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.

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 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 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.