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

April 2018

April 21: Earth Day Nature’s Way - stories presented by North Carolina Storytelling Guild, Southern Piedmont Region.  Saturday, 2:00-4:00pm.  Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC.  Contact: Deborah Winkler at 509.460.9279 or winklerdeborah@yahoo.com; http://ncstoryguild.org/events.html

April 27-29 - NCSG Spring Retreat. Workshop Theme: Exploring Different Plot Forms, to be presented by Janice Davin.  Held at the beautiful Wildacres Conference Center, 1565 Wild Acres Road, Little Switzerland, NC.  Contact: Dianne Hackworth at dianne@diannehackworth.com or 865.457.3392. 

January 2019

January 25-27: NCSG Winter Workshop. Will be led by Storytelling coach, Doug Lipman.  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. 

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.
 

February 2018

February 15: Storyteller Tim Lowry brings entertainment to the Timrod Library, 217 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC.  Contact http://thetimrodlibrary.org/index.html or 843.871.4600.

February 17-19: Saint Simons Island Storytelling Festival.  Featuring Storytellers: Kevin Kling, Donald Davis, Kim Weitkamp, Andy Offutt Irwin.  Epworth by the Sea, Christian Conference and Retreat Center, 100 Arthur J. Moore Drive St., Simons Island, GA.  Visit our website: www.epworthbythesea.org for information and to register online. 

February 21: Storytelling Performance. A diverse storytelling show featuring three professional storytellers, Connie Regan-Blake, David Joe Miller and Marvin Cole. Free performance - all welcome; 6:00pm.  Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church St, Asheville, NC.  Contact: http://www.centralumc.org/events or 828.253.3316.

March 2018

March 2: “On The Row” Prison Story Project. The Prison Story Project made it’s first out of state tour to Boulder, Colorado on Thursday, October 19, 2017 as part of the University of Colorado, Boulder Conference on Community Writing. 7-9pm; donations suggested.  Dr. Wesley T. Grant, Sr., Southside Center, 285 Livingston Street, Asheville, NC. http://www.prisonstoryproject.com 

March 2-4: Azalea Storytelling Festival, featuring Michael Reno Harrell, Bil Lepp, and more.  Callaway Auditorium, LaGrange College Campus, 801 Dallis Street, LaGrange, GA.  Contact Lafayette Society for Performing Arts, 706.882.9909 or http://www.lagrange.edu/events/ 

March 4-9: Transforming Folklore into Fantasy Fiction.  Instructor, Bobbie Pell.  Grand adventures, treacherous deeds, true love, and magic - what more could a story want? Folklore, fairy tales, ghost stories, and ballads give all this and more. Learn how to create believable characters, intricate plots, and recurrent imagery based on folkloric motifs and supernatural elements - fantasy worlds where characters (whether mortal, magical, or animal) may wander into realms of wonder! Appalachian ballads and stories with European Celtic roots will be points of departure. All levels welcome.  Sunday through Friday.  John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC. Contact: 1.800.365.5724 https://classes.folkschool.org/Browse.aspx

March 9: Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival.  Storytelling Sampler Community Concert featuring David Holt and Andy Offutt Irwin.  7:00–9:15 pm, FREE.  Join us for an evening with two of the most celebrated storytellers in the country. Andy Offutt Irwin takes the stage for a lively evening of hilarious heart-filled stories and songs. Storytelling legend, musician, and four-time Grammy Award winner, David Holt returns to share traditional music and memorable stories from his career of over three decades. Come early and enjoy pre-concert music in the lobby performed by folk musician and recording artist, Charles Pettee.  Doors open at 6:15 p.m.  Recommended for ages 7–adult.  Sponsored by York County Library and the Friends of York County Library.  Dutchman Creek Middle School auditorium, 4757 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill, SC. 

March 10: Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival - Family Showcase Madcap Puppets!  Free.  Jules and Verne agree on one thing: two brilliant inventors can’t possibly be expected to share! Their treehouse-turned-laboratory is getting awfully crowded. With the science fair just around the corner, both want the treehouse all to themselves. When Jules challenges Verne to a race - around the world and the first one back gets the treehouse - the real adventure begins! Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80 Days. All ages. No registration required. Seating limited.  11:00am–12:00noon.  York County Main Library, 138 East Black St, Rock Hill, SC

March 10: Bynum Front Porch Storytelling. Second Saturdays 6:30-9:00pm.  Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Road, Pittsboro, NC.  http://cynthiaraxter.blogspot.com/ or www.bynumfrontporch.org

March 13: Special Family Storytelling Event. Featuring Storytelling & Musician, Michael Reno Harrell; 7pm, free event open to the public. Weaverville Library, 41 N Main St, Weaverville, NC. Contact: 828.250.6482.

March 14: Roadhouse Storytellers.  Beginning​ ​at​ ​7:00pm,​ ​five storytellers​ ​will​ ​entertain you​ ​at​ ​the​ ​renowned​ ​Pittsboro​ ​Roadhouse​ ​on​ ​US​ ​64​ ​in​ ​downtown​ ​Pittsboro.​   Pittsboro Roadhouse General Store, 39 West Street, Pittsboro, NC.  Contact: pittsbororoadhouse.com or 919.542.2432.

March 15: Storyteller Tim Lowry brings entertainment to the Timrod Library, 217 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC.  Contact http://thetimrodlibrary.org/index.html or 843.871.4600.   

March 17-18: A Weekend of Story Skill Development with Eric Wolf. Two days of Storytelling near Black Mountain. Earthaven Ecovillage, 5 Consensus Circle, Black Mountain, NC. Register: www.culturesedge.net or by phone at 828.669.1965. 

March 18: Storytelling Concert. Storytelling at the Folk Art Center, a fundraiser for Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch, 2-4 pm, featuring David Novak, Donna Marie Todd, Ray Christian, and Elena Diana Miller. Tickets may be purchased in advance at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/ for $12 or at the door for $15. Folk Art Center, Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Pkwy, Asheville, NC. Contact: 828.298.7928.

March 21: Roadhouse Storytellers will feature Alan Hoal, Robin Kitson, Sherry Lovett, Chris Wise, and Willa Brigham with Sam Pearsall as emcee. Admission is free.  The series is held at the Pittsboro Roadhouse Café at 39 West St Pittsboro, NC. Contact: 919-542-2432 or https://www.reverbnation.com/roadhousestorytellers

March 22: Front Porch Stories.  Front Porch Stories returns with more storytellers bringing you intriguing stories. Announced featured tellers are Ted Feithshans, Rebekah O'Connell and Gale Buck, with Mr. Ken Grant as Emcee. Thursday, 7pm. Admission: Just One Smile. Lorraine's Coffee House and Music, 101 Timber Points Lane, Garner, NC.  Visit www.frontporchstories.org or contact Gale Buck, gale@woodsmanstories.com.  

March 22: DJM Presents Spoken Work OPEN MIC. David Joe Miller is returning as host along with the wonderful, Jo Anne Jones as co-host!  Don’t miss this SPECIAL show at the Historic Eureka Inn, 127 W Main Street in Downtown Jonesborough, TN.  Bring your ten minutes of poetry or story, sign up by 6:30pm, show begins at 7pm sharp. FREE ADMISSION! Contact: http://www.eurekajonesborough.com/ or 423.913.6100.

March 23-24: Do Tell! Storytelling Festival.  Hand-crafted stories by nationally-known tellers: Kevin Kling, Tim Lowry, Lyn Ford, and Carmen Agra-Deedy with emcee Bil Lepp.  Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, 434 South Main Street, Madison, GA.  855.627.0723 toll-free or http://www.mmcc-arts.org/storytelling-festival.html

April 2018

April 8: Storyteller, Donald Davis.  Afternoon concert at beautiful and historic Kilburnie Inn1824, Craig Farm Road, Lancaster, SC.  Call for Details: 803-416-8420. 

April 11: Synergy Story Slam at the Odditoruim on Haywood Road. Jan Cope hosts a monthly Story Slam called SYNERGY!  Every 2nd Wednesday of the Moth in West Asheville.  Doors at 7:30 and normally starts around 8pm.  Donation at door goes into the pot that is split with the winner and the house.  Always Fun normally WILD and almost always FULL!  A different theme each month with ten minutes of stage time if your name is drawn. The Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC. Contact: 828.575.9299 or www.ashevilleodditorium.com

April 12-15: Florida Storytelling Festival.  A premier storytelling event, known nationally for its unique combination of workshops, concerts, youthful voices and sense of community.  People come from across the state of Florida and beyond to explore and savor the art of storytelling.  The Festival kicks-off with a special Thursday evening storytelling concert and wraps in Sunday with a storytelling cruise around Lake Dora.  https://flstory.com/festival/ 

April 13-14: Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival.  Featured storytellers: Regi Carpenter, Lyn Ford, Michael Reno Harrell, Andy Offutt Irwin and Rev. Robert Jones, Sr.  Union County Fine Arts Center, 926 Panther Overlook, Blairsville, GA. https://www.gamountainstoryfest.org/2018-festival/

April 14: Bynum Front Porch Storytelling. Second Saturdays 6:30-9:00pm.  Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Road, Pittsboro, NC.  http://cynthiaraxter.blogspot.com/ or www.bynumfrontporch.org

April 14: Storyteller, Donald DavisStorytellers' free workshop; Saturday, 3pm.  Pre-registration is REQUIRED: jferdon@daviecountync.gov.  Sponsored by the Davie County Arts Council & the Davie County Public Library.  Brock Performing Arts Center, 622 N Main St, Mocksville, NC.

April 14: Storyteller, Donald DavisFamily Show.  General seating $15.  Saturday, 7:30pm; Box Office (Monday-Friday - 12-5pm.)  Brock Performing Arts Center, 622 N Main St, Mocksville, NC.  Contact 336.751.3000.

April 15: Storyteller, Donald DavisFamily Show.  General seating $15.  Sunday, 2:00pm; Box Office (Monday-Friday - 12-5pm.)  Brock Performing Arts Center, 622 N Main St, Mocksville, NC.  Contact 336.751.3000.  

April 16-17: Storyteller Donald Davis will tell stories Monday and Tuesday nights - 7pm each night.  Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St, Jonesborough, TN.  https://www.jonesboroughtn.org/ or call 423-753-1010 for tickets and information.  

April 19: Storyteller Tim Lowry brings entertainment to the Timrod Library, 217 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC.  Contact http://thetimrodlibrary.org/index.html or 843.871.4600. 

April 20-22: Stone Soup Storytelling Festival.  Friday through Sunday.  231 E. Hayne Street, Woodruff, SC.  http://stonesoupsc.com/

April 20-22: Taking Your Story to the Stage, 3-day storytelling intensive. Focus is on storytelling performance. Each participant should come with a story that is almost "stage ready." Set in Connie Regan-Blake's home tucked in the beautiful mountains surrounding Asheville, NC, this workshop provides a supportive, affirming atmosphere to nurture storytellers’ performance skills and confidence. Open only to those who have previously studied with Connie. If you have not had this opportunity and/or Connie has not heard you tell a story, a private coaching session may be required.  More information can be found on here. https://storywindow.com/

April 21: A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories. Join nationally celebrated storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she hosts her workshop participants in an enchanting evening of storytelling in “A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories.” The event will be at 7:30pm, hosted by the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, just a short drive from Asheville nestled in the picturesque mountains surrounding the area.  For more information about the performance or this workshop call the StoryWindow office at 828.258.1113. https://storywindow.com/

April 27-28: Sounds of the Mountains, music and story festival.  Featured tellers: Odds Bodkin, Sheila Arnold Jones, Kevin Kling, and Jim May.  Listen to old time string music and humor by The Company Store Band.  Camp Bethel, 328 Bethel Road, Fincastle, VA.  Contact: 540.992.2940, campbetheloffice@gmail.com or www.soundsofthemountains.org/

May 2018

May 1-5: Teller in Residence, Bil Lepp. Bil is described as a satisfying blend of Bob Newhart and Jeff Foxworthy.  A five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest, his outrageous tall-tales and witty stories are a signature of his repertoire. 2pm performances Tuesday through Saturday. Live concerts at the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall, at the International National Center, 116 W. Main Street, Jonesborough, TN. For reservations or information: 800.952.8392 or 423.913.1276.

May 5: Cookeville Storyfest.  Be part of Cookeville’s fifth annual Storyfest. Storytellers from all over will delight audiences from 10am-6pm. This event is free. Tim Lowry will be one of the featured tellers.  Come out to the park, sit under the tent and listen for awhile.  Dogwood Park, 30 E Broad St, Cookeville, TN.  http://www.cookeville-tn.gov/ls/events/storyfest/ 

May 11-13: Paris Storytelling Festival.  Featured tellers are Kim Weitkamp, Adam Booth, Bil Lepp, and Tom Freese.  The second annual Paris Storytelling Festival will be held in the quaint and architecturally appealing city of Paris, Kentucky, surrounded by charming bluegrass horse farms and historical culture.  509 Pleasant Street, Paris, KY.  Contact: Parisstoryfest@gmail.com, https://parisstoryfest.com/ or 1-859-429-0819

May 12: Bynum Front Porch Storytelling. Second Saturdays 6:30-9:00pm.  Bynum General Store, 950 Bynum Road, Pittsboro, NC.  www.bynumfrontporch.org 

May 15-19: Teller in Residence, Elizabeth Ellis. Ellzabeth is a versatile, riveting teller of Appalachian and Texas tales and stories of heroic American women as well as poignant and hilarious personal stories, told Southern style. 2pm performances Tuesday through Saturday. Live concerts at the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall, at the International National Center, 116 W. Main Street, Jonesborough, TN. For reservations or information: 800.952.8392 or 423.913.1276.

May 16: Roadhouse Storytellers.  Beginning​ ​at​ ​7:00pm,​ ​five​ storytellers​ ​will​ ​entertain you​ ​at​ ​the​ ​renowned​ ​Pittsboro​ ​Roadhouse​ ​on​ ​US​ ​64​ ​in​ ​downtown​ ​Pittsboro.​  Pittsboro Roadhouse General Store, 39 West Street, Pittsboro, NC.  Contact: pittsbororoadhouse.com or 919.542.2432. 

May 18-19: Shoals Front Porch Storytelling FestivalThis year's storytellers will be Donald Davis, Inge Auerbacher, Bil Lepp, Tim Lowry, Dolores Hydock, Kate Campbell, Bobby Horton, and Josh Goforth!  Also pre-festival events on May 17th.  Kennedy Douglas Art Center, 217 E. Tuscaloosa Street, Florence, AL.  http://www.kdartcenter.org/storytelling with shoalsstorytelling.org is coming soon! 

May 29-June 6:  Teller in Residence, Peter Cook. Peter is an internationally renowned deaf performing artist whose work incorporates American Sign Language, pantomime, storytelling, acting and movement. 2pm performances Tuesday through Saturday. Live concerts at the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall, at the International National Center, 116 W. Main Street, Jonesborough, TN. For reservations or information: 800.952.8392 or 423.913.1276.

June 2018

June 1-3: Ocrafolk Music & Storytelling Festival.  Join Donald Davis with a host of artists, musicians and storytellers for this Festival Weekend.  120 Schoolhouse Rd, Ocracoke, NC.  http://www.ocracokealive.org/ 

June 4,11,18,25: A Tale of Blackbeard.  Directed by Courtney Conner, Desiree Ricker, and Julie Howard, A Tale of Blackbeard is produced by the Ocracoke non-profit, Ocracoke Alive. Profits from the show return to the Ocracoke Community through more programming through the organization.  Mondays at 8pm - $15 Adults and $7 Kids.  Ocracoke Community Center, 999 Irvin Garrish Hwy, Ocracoke, NC.  Contact: info@ocracokealive.org, http://www.ocracokealive.org/ or 252.921.0260. 

June 12-16: Teller in Residence, Regi Carpenter. Regi’s tales celebrate the glorious and gut-wrenching lives of four generations of Carpenters raised on the Saint Lawrence River. 2pm performances Tuesday through Saturday. Live concerts at the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall, at the International National Center, 116 W. Main Street, Jonesborough, TN. For reservations or information: 800.952.8392 or 423.913.1276. 

June 26-30: Teller in Residence, Adam Booth. Adam’s original stories blend traditional mountain folklore, music and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia.  His work, both humorous and touching. 2pm performances Tuesday through Saturday. Live concerts at the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall, at the International National Center, 116 W. Main Street, Jonesborough, TN. For reservations or information: 800.952.8392 or 423.913.1276.

June 22: Music on the Square, Jonesborough, TN - more info to come...
Check them out on facebook and give them a big like! https://www.facebook.com/musiconthesquare/

July 2018

July 2,9,16,23,30:  A Tale of Blackbeard.  Directed by Courtney Conner, Desiree Ricker, and Julie Howard, A Tale of Blackbeard is produced by the Ocracoke non-profit, Ocracoke Alive. Profits from the show return to the Ocracoke Community through more programming through the organization.  Mondays at 8pm - $15 Adults and $7 Kids.  Ocracoke School Gym Auditorium, 120 Schoolhouse Road, Ocracoke, NC.  Contact: info@ocracokealive.org, http://www.ocracokealive.org/ or 252.921.0260.  

July 3-7: Teller in Residence, Tim Lowry. Tim is known as the seersucker style of storyteller as he mixes stories of the American Revolution, the Civil War and the Western Frontier with tales of growing up Baptist, teaching English to Russian immigrants, exciting road trips to Disney World, baseball and more! 2pm performances Tuesday through Saturday. Live concerts at the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall, at the International National Center, 116 W. Main Street, Jonesborough, TN. For reservations or information: 800.952.8392 or 423.913.1276.

July 6-8: Reader's Theater, Folk School Style. Storytelling and Writing Workshop, led by Bobbie Pell. Come create exciting folklore retellings for the dramatic Reader’s Theater, suitable for all ages. This scripting format allows storytellers and writers alike to produce vibrant, original works through storytelling alchemy, transforming traditional oral/written tales into dramatic read-aloud performances. We'll choose a world folk/fairy tale, then infuse the story with fictional techniques: dramatic irony, clever humor, sensory imagery, twisting plot lines, and intriguing dialogues. Everyone is welcome!  .  John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC. Contact: 1.800.365.5724 https://classes.folkschool.org/Browse.aspx

July 8-14: Summer Storytelling Retreat & Adventure, with Connie Regan-Blake.  Come to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville for 7 days of story-listening & story-telling along with coaching, community & supportive exploration. This 13th annual workshop welcomes all levels of expertise, from beginner to experienced teller. Participants discover ways of being in the world that nurture your creative flow. https://storywindow.com/calendar/ 

July 10-14: Teller in Residence, Heather Forest. Heather enchants audiences with her unique minstrel style of storytelling.  Interweaving original music, poetry and the sung and spoken word, she brings elegance, wit, and the poet’s touch to homespun stories and classic tales from the treasury of world folklore. 2pm performances Tuesday through Saturday. Live concerts at the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall, at the International National Center, 116 W. Main Street, Jonesborough, TN. For reservations or information: 800.952.8392 or 423.913.1276.

July 12: Storyteller, Lona Bartlett Performing.  Lona will be performing on Thursday from 11am and again at 1:30pm at the Elkin Public Library, 111 South Front Street, Elkin, NC.  https://www.lonabartlett.com/calendar/2018/7/12/elkin-public-library 

July 17-21: Teller in Residence, Andy Offutt Irwin. With a manic, Silly Putty voice, hilarious, heart-filled stories, and amazing mouth noises, (arguably the greatest in the world), Andy Offutt Irwin has been described as “The Marx Brothers meet Eudora Welty.” 2pm performances Tuesday through Saturday, Children's Concert on Saturday June 17th. Live concerts at the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall, at the International National Center, 116 W. Main Street, Jonesborough, TN. For reservations or information: 800.952.8392 or 423.913.1276.

July 26-29: 2018 National Storytelling Conference. Each year National Storytelling Network strives to bring together storytellers from every corner of the world to participate in an annual conference with a wide variety of workshops, education sessions, performances, and networking opportunities at the National Storytelling Conference.

August 2018

August 6,13: A Tale of Blackbeard.  Directed by Courtney Conner, Desiree Ricker, and Julie Howard, A Tale of Blackbeard is produced by the Ocracoke non-profit, Ocracoke Alive. Profits from the show return to the Ocracoke Community through more programming through the organization.  Mondays at 8pm - $15 Adults and $7 Kids.  Ocracoke School Gym Auditorium, 120 Schoolhouse Road, Ocracoke, NC.  Contact: info@ocracokealive.org, http://www.ocracokealive.org/ or 252.921.0260. 

August 12-17: Ancient & Epic Tales From Around the World. Instructor, Heather Forest. Through demonstration and discussion, along with playful, interactive, improvisational exercises, this performance skills workshop offers a fascinating portal into some of the oldest stories in the world. Learn to structure and retell ancient multicultural tales, making them relevant for modern listeners. Become comfortable using the voice, body, and imagination as creative instruments for storytelling. All levels are welcome, beginning to more advanced.  Sunday through Friday. John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC. Contact: 1.800.365.5724 or https://classes.folkschool.org/Browse.aspx 

August 21-25: Teller in Residence, David Holt. Four-time Grammy award winner David Holt is a musician, storyteller, historian, television host and entertainer dedicated to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories. 2pm performances Tuesday through Saturday. Live concerts at the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall, at the International National Center, 116 W. Main Street, Jonesborough, TN. For reservations or information: 800.952.8392 or 423.913.1276.

August 28-September 1: Teller in Residence, Delores Hydock. Storyteller and actress Dolores Hydock fills the stage with a swirl of characters in her funny, affectionate stories about family fireworks, true love, turnip greens, and other peculiarities of everyday life. 2pm performances Tuesday through Saturday. Live concerts at the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall, at the International National Center, 116 W. Main Street, Jonesborough, TN. For reservations or information: 800.952.8392 or 423.913.1276.

September 2018

September 4-8: Teller in Residence, Megan Wells. Megan's telling is time travel at its best.  With exquisite language she takes listeners into deep mind cinema, bringing worlds alive. Her telling is passionate, soulful, and warm with humor. 2pm performances Tuesday through Saturday. Live concerts at the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall, at the International National Center, 116 W. Main Street, Jonesborough, TN. For reservations or information: 800.952.8392 or 423.913.1276.

September 28-29: 20th Annual Cave Run Storytelling FestivalFeaturing Regi Carpenter, Mary Hamilton, Kevin Kling, Bil Lepp, Barbara McBride-Smith, Clare Muireann Murphty, and Bobby Norfolk, and Don White.  Join America’s most beloved storytellers in a beautiful mountain lakeside setting surrounded by a vibrant palette of fall colors.  Twin Knobs Recreation Area, Morehead, KY.  http://caverunstoryfest.org/tellers.html 

September 30-October 5: Engaging Young Audiences, Instructor, Bill Wellington. Discover how to get and keep the attention of audiences that consist primarily of children - preschool, younger elementary, and older elementary listeners - including what stories work for each group. Practice techniques like vocal dynamics, sound effects, facial expressions, and hand motions to keep all eyes on the storyteller. Learn how to develop a repertoire of stories, as well as a "bag of tricks" to enhance them and to engage the audience between stories. Sunday through Friday. John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC. Contact: 1.800.365.5724 or https://classes.folkschool.org/Browse.aspx

October 2018

October 2-4: Teller in Residence, Donald Davis. Featured at festivals throughout the U.S. and world, Davis is also known as a prolific author, producer of books and CDs, and a guest host for NPR’s Good Evening.  Davis is a recipient of the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence and Lifetime Achievement awards. 2pm performances Tuesday through Thursday. Matinee performances at the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall, at the International National Center, 116 W. Main Street, Jonesborough, TN. Evening Concert Wednesday evening at 7:30 in Library Tent, Grounds of National Storytelling Festival. For reservations or information: 800.952.8392 or 423.913.1276.

October 5-7: National Storytelling Festival. Downtown Jonesborough, TN. (Tellers TBA). http://www.storytellingcenter.net

October 28-November 3: Ghost Stories, instructor, Dianne Hackworth. This is the perfect week to explore the world of ghosts, spirits, and the unexplained. Bring your favorite suspenseful tale, collection of the supernatural, or delve into the vast library of supplied ghost stories. Discover how to craft the story for delightful telling and how to deliver it to elicit your desired audience response. Class will be equally beneficial for both inexperienced and experienced tellers. Sunday through Saturday. John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC. Contact: 1.800.365.5724 or https://classes.folkschool.org/Browse.aspx

November 2018

November 18: Tellabration! Sunday before Thanksgiving. 3pm; sponsored by Asheville Storytelling Circle, Southern Highlands Craft Guild, and the National Storytelling Network. Asheville Folk Art Center, Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC.  Contact: 828-274-1123 or 828-777-9177.

December 2018

December 2-8: Elevate Your Stories ("Holiday in the Mountains" Week). Instructor, Elizabeth Ellis. Elevate your stories with memorable characters and engaging narrative, with a focus on humor and wisdom. Daily story prompts will lead to tales "roughed out" for future telling. This process-oriented class builds skills for sharing folktales and historical or personal stories. Bring two pieces you wish to improve; individual and group coaching will raise your performance skills. Being so close to the holidays, we will also have the opportunity to share some of our treasured memories of the season. Sunday through Saturday. John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC. Contact: 1.800.365.5724 or https://classes.folkschool.org/Browse.aspx