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 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=ts. Purchase Festival Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1668137?date=1270877.
May: NCSG Spring Retreat. (details not yet established) Wildacres Conference Center, Little Switzerland, NC. Contact: Dianne Hackworth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865.457.3392.
The Asheville Storytelling Circle. Meets 3rd Monday of each month - 7:00pm. Asheville Terrace, 200 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC. Contact Wallace Shealy, email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, email@example.com or Linda Goodman, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
June 29: Storytelling at Black Box Storytelling Theater. Featuring New Mountail SOL Bar. Monday evening, 7pm. Open mic night. Produced by David Joe Miller, Storyteller. Black Box Theater, 38 N. French Broad Road Asheville, NC Contact www.davidjoemiller.com or http://www.newmountainavl.com/event/743947-black-box-storytelling-theater-asheville/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 864.653.4932.
July 11: Storytelling Workshop with Michael Reno Harrell. Saturday10am to 12:30pm. Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 159 Chestnut St, Blowing Rock, NC. Contact http://www.blowingrockmuseum.org/or 828.295.9099.
July 11: Stories on Asheville's Front Porch. Featuring Regi Carpenter (winner of the Boston Story Slam and three time featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival), Debbie Gurriere and Saundra Kelley. 10:15-11:45am. Downtown Asheville at the Dianna Wortham Theater's Rhino Courtyard. FREE admission. email@example.com or"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.
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 10:45-11:45am. Downtown Asheville at the Dianna Wortham Theater's Rhino Courtyard. FREE admission. https://www.facebook.com/storiesonashevillesfrontporch?fref=ts email@example.com
July 25: Stories on Asheville's Front Porch. Kristin Pedemonti (Storyteller with The World Bank in Washington, DC and first American ever invited to tell stories in Iran) Susan Lachmann (NPR radio personality) and Todd Lester. 10:15-11:45am. Downtown Asheville at the Dianna Wortham Theater's Rhino Courtyard. FREE admission. firstname.lastname@example.org or https://www.facebook.com/storiesonashevillesfrontporch?fref=ts
July 27: Black Box Storytelling Theater Presents Kristin Pedemonti, Storyteller for The World Bank and the first American storyteller even invited to tell stories in Iran, along with Asheville storyteller Chuck Fink and busker Ginnie Waite. Monday. Doors open at 6pm, show at 7pm, New Mountain SOL Bar, N. French Broad Ave. downtown Asheville, NC. $12 at door or $10 in advance at www.newmountainavl.com
July 30-August 2: National Storytelling Storytelling Conference. Kansas City, MO. Contact http://www.storynet.org/conference/index.html.
August 1: Stories on Asheville's Front Porch. Local Voices: Cecil Bothwell, Sandra Gudger (history of the Asheville Storytelling Circle,) Jada Nye, Lynn Foster, Michael Cronin and Randy Robbins. 10:15-11:45am. Downtown Asheville at the Dianna Wortham Theater's Rhino Courtyard. FREE admission. email@example.com or
August 5-8: Network of Biblical Storytellers, Int'l. 2015 Festival Gathering of Biblical Storytelling. National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland near Washington, DC.Register online - http://www.nbsint.org/; call 1.800.355.6627 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aug 8: Stories on Asheville's Front Porch features BROTHER WOLF ANIMAL RESCUE STORIES: The staff, volunteers and director of Brother Wolf will be telling rescue stories, adoptions stories and history of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. This is also an adoption event where pets will be on site and available for adoption. Donations will be taken for Brother Wolf. https://www.facebook.com/storiesonashevillesfrontporch?fref=ts or email@example.com
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 10: Black Box Storytelling Theater Presents Kim Wietkamp along with Asheville storyteller Kathy Gordon. Monday, doors open at 6pm, show at 7pm, New Mountain SOL Bar, N. French Broad Ave. downtown Asheville, NC. $12 at the door or $10 in advance online at www.newmountainavl.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 22: Storyteller, Musician, Michael Reno Harrell, performing in The Wine Room at The Grind Cafe. 136 W Union St, Morganton, NC Morganton, NC - Saturday 8pm. Contact 828.430.4343.August 28: The Cary Theater Six Strings Presents storyteller and entertainer, Michael Reno Harrell and Chuck Brodsky. Friday, 8:00pm. 122 E. Chatham St., Cary, NC. Contact http://www.sixstringpresents.com/ or http://www.michaelreno.com/.
September 11-13: Lloyd Arneach Telling at 75th National Folk Life Festival. Downtown Greensboro, NC. Performers include North Carolina's popular Sheila Kay Adams and Lloyd Arneach. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-373-7523.
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 14: Black Box Storytelling Theater Presents OPEN MIC! Spoken Word. No theme just a ten minute time limit. Stories, poems, written work or comedy. Monday doors open at 6pm, show at 7pm New Mountain SOL Bar N. French Broad Ave. downtown Asheville, NC. $5 at the door to cover expenses. Producer http://www.davidjoemiller.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 26-27: 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: 855.270.873.
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 17: Annual Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival. Join with SC State Heritage Award Winning Master-Teller, John Thomas Fowler and his guests. 10am to 4pm. Hagood Mill, 187 Hagood Mill Rd., Pickens, SC. Contact http://www.visitpickenscounty.com/event/1176/annual-storytelling-festival-at-hagood-mill or 864.898.5963.
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 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.