Calendar of Events

Guild sponsored events

January 2021

Canceled due to COVID January 29-31: NCSG Winter Workshop. Leader TBA. To be held on the grounds of the Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell, 100 Caswell Beach Rd, Oak Island, NC. Contact Terry Rollins or Dianne Hackworth. To be held on the grounds of the Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell, Oak Island, NC.

Spring 2021

Date TBA: NCSG Spring Storytelling Retreat. Workshop leader will be Author & Storyteller, Cynthia Moore Brown. To be held at the beautiful Wildacres Conference Center, 1565 Wild Acres Road, Little Switzerland, NC. For additional information contact: Dianne Hackworth or 865.457.3392.

November 2021

November 5-6: The Old North State Storytelling Festival. Save the date! LOOK at this terrific team for our 2021 Festival – Nov. 5 & 6, 2021 at The Cary Theater AND Online. Andy Offutt Irwin, Willa Brigham, Kevin Kling, Josh Goforth, and Milbre Burch PLUS Regional Tellers (to be announced).
Our 2020 Festival was a big success. We welcomed viewers from 22 states for our online, on-demand event. Thanks to all of you for your support and to the tellers and technicians for their creativity, hard work, and patience. Special thanks to Session Studios for their quality production services. FaceBook page. Visit the Town. Contact: 336.540.4401.

On-Going events Canceled due to COVID-19

The Asheville Storytelling Circle. Meets 3rd Monday of each month – 7:00pm.  Asheville Terrace, 200 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC.  Contact Donna Marie Todd.

The Bynum Storytelling Workshop takes place on the 2nd Monday of the month from 6:30 to 9pm at the Bynum Front Porch: 950 Bynum Rd, Bynum, North Carolina 27312. Cynthia Raxter is the main contact for this workshop. Temporary changes can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/1992923647652254/

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.

The Village Storytellers. First Tuesday of the Month, 7:00pm at Lucky Tree Gallery & Cafe, 3801 Hillsborough Street Suite 137, Raleigh, NC 27607 (in the common area). Share your story and help others improve theirs. Contact: Gale Buck, gale@woodsmanstories.com or check Village Storytellers in Facebook.

Other Events – ALL VIRTUAL

January 2021

January 23: Auburn Winter Storytelling Festival. An ONLINE show with tellers, Noa Baum, Eric Hurtt, Cynthia Restivo, BZ Smith and Linda Yemoto. Saturday, 10pm EST. The one-day storytelling event has children’s stories, Open Telling where anyone can sign-up and tell a story, and five PROFESSIONAL tellers. Details and Signup HERE.

January 28: Tell It Like It Is ZOOM! From the comfort of your own living room, come share a story or practice a story idea at our Story Swap on Zoom. Storytellers, writers, poets, and more may share their work and if desired receive feedback. Just listening is okay too! Thursday, 2-3:30pm. Host: Kanute Parker Rarey, 502-525-7272, kanutetells@gmail.com; www.kanuterarey.com.

January 28-31: Florida Storytelling Festival. Headliners will be Linda Schuyler Ford, Ann Rutherford, Norm Brecke, Josh Campbell, and Linda Gorham. Mt. Dora, Florida. Virtual live event, Thursday through Sunday. More info: https://flstory.com/festival/

January 31: The Gathering III Rapunzel’s Tower – Concert & Story Seminar. ONLINE. Featuring Milbre Burch, Heather Forest, and Laura Simms. Sunday, 11am-12:30pm – Storytelling Concert: Rapunzel’s Tower. Three artists share their retellings of the classic fairy tale RAPUNZEL in three different genres: prose, poetry and song followed by a conversation with the audience after the performance. Sunday, 1:30-5:00pm – Story Seminar: Let Down Your Hair! Deeply explore the story of Rapunzel with three accomplished artists, who through conversation and story sharing will reveal their diverse ways of investigating a classic tale. More info & Tickets HERE.

February 2021

February 3, 10, 17, 24 & March 3: Exploring Story: Five Virtual Sessions. A new learning opportunity to warm-up your storytelling voice and creativity! Join Connie Regan-Blake via Zoom for five story-work sessions with a weekly format that allows for skills to grow over time while encouraging a consistency in discovering, revisiting and refining your stories. Scholarships are available.

February 4: Tell It Like It Is ZOOM! From the comfort of your own living room, come share a story or practice a story idea at our Story Swap on Zoom. Storytellers, writers, poets, and more may share their work and if desired receive feedback. Just listening is okay too! Thursday, 2-3:30pm. Host: Kanute Parker Rarey, 502-525-7272, kanutetells@gmail.com; www.kanuterarey.com.

February 5-27: Chennai Storytelling Festival. Listen to over 72 hours of (free) Zoom storytelling performances and workshops from around the world! Connie Regan-Blake is performing on Saturday evening, February 27th, 10:10pm EST. NCSG member, Bruce Kirchoff, will be conducting an “Improvised Storytelling” program on Sunday 21st beginning at 6:30am EST.

February 10: THE GRAPEVINE ONLINE LIVE STORYTELLING PERFORMANCE! Wednesday at 7:30pm. Join storytellers Antonio and Tim Livingood on Zoom for a performance evening that has become a place of connection, comfort and joy for listeners around the world. Sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, The Grapevine is a spoken word performance venue for adults and teens, celebrating the timeless art of the story.  Hosted by storytellers Noa Baum, Renée Brachfeld, and Tim Livengood, check out their Facebook site: GrapevineStoryTelling

February 11: VIRTUAL From Another Time: The Legacy of Ray Hicks. With International storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake. At Tryon Fine Arts Center Zoom Series. Thursday from 10:00–11:30 am. https://storywindow.com/calendar/.

February 11: Tell It Like It Is ZOOM! From the comfort of your own living room, come share a story or practice a story idea at our Story Swap on Zoom. Storytellers, writers, poets, and more may share their work and if desired receive feedback. Just listening is okay too! Thursday, 2-3:30pm. Host: Kanute Parker Rarey, 502-525-7272, kanutetells@gmail.com; www.kanuterarey.com.

February 11: 4 X 4: Four Stories by Four Storytellers. Live Online, Join host Jessica Robinson and storytellers Eva Abram, Nick Baskerville, Jennifer Munro, and Laura Packer. Join us and find out what these storytellers can do when their stories have room to breathe! Thursday, 8pm EST.

February 19: Stories on the Square, Open Mic Night. Join us on ZOOM, an event to just listen, or to tell a story or read a poem. Having Zoom software is not required on your device to connect with us. Sponsored by Mountain Area Storytellers in Hayesville, NC. Friday, 6pm to 7:30pm. Host: Kanute Parker Rarey, 502-525-7272, kanutetells@gmail.com; www.kanuterarey.com.

February 20-21: St. Simons Island Storytelling. Epworth by the Sea – Virtual Festival featuring – Donald Davis, Tim Tingle, Reverend Robert Jones, Sr. and Kim Weitkamp. Spend a cozy Saturday listening to tales of adventure, excitement and hilarity.  So you don’t have to travel, we will come to you!  Relive past times and celebrate the best of humanity in the joy-filled space of story. You will laugh, you will cry and you will discover how very alive you can feel! Saturday will feature all of the Storytellers, and Sunday will bring a very special message from Donald Davis! 912.638.8688 or https://www.stsimonsislandstorytellingfestival.com/

February 25: Tell It Like It Is ZOOM! From the comfort of your own living room, come share a story or practice a story idea at our Story Swap on Zoom. Storytellers, writers, poets, and more may share their work and if desired receive feedback. Just listening is okay too! Thursday, 2-3:30pm. Host: Kanute Parker Rarey, 502-525-7272, kanutetells@gmail.com; www.kanuterarey.com.

March 2021

March 04: Tell It Like It Is ZOOM! From the comfort of your own living room, come share a story or practice a story idea at our Story Swap on Zoom. Storytellers, writers, poets, and more may share their work and if desired receive feedback. Just listening is okay too! Thursday, 2-3:30pm. Host: Kanute Parker Rarey, 502-525-7272, kanutetells@gmail.com; www.kanuterarey.com.

March 11: Tell It Like It Is ZOOM! From the comfort of your own living room, come share a story or practice a story idea at our Story Swap on Zoom. Storytellers, writers, poets, and more may share their work and if desired receive feedback. Just listening is okay too! Thursday, 2-3:30pm. Host: Kanute Parker Rarey, 502-525-7272, kanutetells@gmail.com; www.kanuterarey.com.

March 11-13: Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival. Celebrate with Timeless Tales & Music! Join Us for the 20th Annual – 20 Years • 20 Performances. York County Library is pleased to present the 20th annual Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival. Experience the magic of storytelling through one-of-a-kind performances from global, national, and local performers. Due to the global pandemic, we are offering storytelling concerts to everyone in the virtual world via YouTubeFacebook Live, and Zoom. Mark your calendars and join us as our community comes together to celebrate a time-honored tradition during this three-day storytelling extravaganza. https://www.yclibrary.org/patchwork-tales

March 15 and March 18-21: A Storytelling Intensive or Performing in a Virtual World: Creating our Story Stream and Polishing, Performing, & Feedback. Techniques to stream live online with Connie Regan-Blake. The workshop begins on the Monday evening with attention paid to each participant’s individual set-up, along with breakout rooms for story work. During the week between sessions, participants have time to continue working on their stories and set up, with the opportunity (for an additional fee) to work with storyteller Simon Brooks who is also an audio/video technician. Connie Regan-Blakes’ workshop continues Thursday and Friday afternoons with group and partner exercises with individual feedback. On Saturday evening group meets at 6:30 to double check tech set-up, with the performance beginning at 7:00pm.

March 18: Tell It Like It Is ZOOM! From the comfort of your own living room, come share a story or practice a story idea at our Story Swap on Zoom. Storytellers, writers, poets, and more may share their work and if desired receive feedback. Just listening is okay too! Thursday, 2-3:30pm. Host: Kanute Parker Rarey, 502-525-7272, kanutetells@gmail.com; www.kanuterarey.com.

March 19: Stories on the Square, Open Mic Night. Join us on ZOOM, an event to just listen, or to tell a story or read a poem. Having Zoom software is not required on your device to connect with us. Sponsored by Mountain Area Storytellers in Hayesville, NC. Friday, 6pm to 7:30pm. Host: Kanute Parker Rarey, 502-525-7272, kanutetells@gmail.com; www.kanuterarey.com.

March 19-21: Women’s Storytelling FestivalVirtual. Performances by Sheila Arnold, Carol Birch, Lyn Ford, Megan Hicks, Jennifer Munro, Kristin Pedemonti, Donna Washington, Kim Weitkamp and many more. Friday through Sunday. Hosted by Better Said Than Done. For specific questions write to: festival at www.bettersaidthandone.com

March 25: Tell It Like It Is ZOOM! From the comfort of your own living room, come share a story or practice a story idea at our Story Swap on Zoom. Storytellers, writers, poets, and more may share their work and if desired receive feedback. Just listening is okay too! Thursday, 2-3:30pm. Host: Kanute Parker Rarey, 502-525-7272, kanutetells@gmail.com; www.kanuterarey.com.

April 2021

April 01: Tell It Like It Is ZOOM! From the comfort of your own living room, come share a story or practice a story idea at our Story Swap on Zoom. Storytellers, writers, poets, and more may share their work and if desired receive feedback. Just listening is okay too! Thursday, 2-3:30pm. Host: Kanute Parker Rarey, 502-525-7272, kanutetells@gmail.com; www.kanuterarey.com.