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We are all storytellers. We all live in a network of stories. There isn’t a stronger connection between people than storytelling.   - Jimmy Neil Smith

Upcoming events

    • 04/26/2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • Center for the Arts, Black Mountain, NC


    • Contestants must pre-register by sending name, city and state, email and phone number, and a non-refundable check for $25 payable to Asheville Storytelling Circle, 61 Floyd Dr Asheville, NC 28803 in time to be received before April 19th, Contestants will receive confirmation of acceptance and performance details on April 19 via the contact information provided. The $15 ticket fee is waived.
    • Contestants’ names will be put in a hat and judges will pull for telling order.
    • Lies (humorous, dramatic, supernatural) will be a maximum of 5 minutes. Judge will hold up a yellow card at the 4-minute  mark and a red card at the 5-cminute mark. If Contestants continue past the 5-minute mark, they will forfeit 50 points.
    • Total points may equal 100 points and will be based upon the following 4 categories:
    • Originality of the lie- new material or fresh handling of a familiar yarn.  25 points
    • Technique- delivery, confidence, general stagecraft.   25 points
    • Story Development- good development of the tale in given time of 5 minutes.   25 points
    • Effectiveness- in judges’ opinion, taking audience responsiveness.   25 points
    • The judges will confer at the end of the contest to decide the winners.
    • Final scores will not be given to the contestants and the decision of the judges decision is final.   
    • Contestants must provide written permission if telling a published story. And if telling a story not wholly their own, contestants must acknowledge the origins of the story and change it in a way that makes it unique.
    •  Profanity and adult themes are not permitted. If heard, the mic will be cut off and the contestant disqualified.
    • Award ceremony will take place after the contest and awards are as follows:

    First Prize  $100

    Second Prize  $50

    Third Prize   $25

    People's Choice $25 

    • 04/27/2024
    • 04/28/2024
    • Lenoir Rhyne University, 36 Montford Ave, in Asheville, North Carolina
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    Story Treasures Weekend Workshop

    April 27-28, 2024 in Asheville, NC


    Finding and Nurturing Your Storytelling Voice

    During this storytelling workshop Connie invites participants to:

    • Draw on memories & traditional stories in developing and growing your stories
    • Work with partners and in small groups to illuminate new viewpoints
    • Expand practice of deep listening and appreciative feedback
    • Increase confidence in giving voice to your stories
    • Cultivate your skills and delight in telling stories

    All are welcome: Connie’s current and former students as well as newcomers to storytelling.

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    Connie is delighted to offer this in-person learning opportunity to grow your storytelling voice and creativity!

    Join her on April 27-28, 2024 to explore and develop your story work at Lenoir Rhyne University, 36 Montford Ave, in Asheville, North Carolina, There is plenty of free parking - and hotels, restaurants, breweries , and a vibrant downtown within easy walking distance.

    And while you are here, explore the beautiful Appalachian Mountains.


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    Check out all the non-stop flights now available to Asheville airport!

    Questions? Contact Connie

    As a teacher, Connie Regan-Blake creates a fun, supportive, welcoming environment while guiding participants to new heights of creativity, exploration, and learning . . . from beginner to experienced storyteller.

    Her teachings can be useful in the business world, with family and friends around the supper table as well as on storytelling stages, be it a

    virtual setting, or an in-person performance or presentation.

    This weekend workshop can benefit writers, teachers, sales professionals, poets, ministers, grandparents, youth workers, storytellers, attorneys, students, therapists, and all those curious.


    Register by March 25, 2024

    & save $20!


    Early Registrants receive additional 10% discount for:

    • Students at Lenoir Rhyne
    • Members of Asheville Storytelling Circle
    • Members of NC Storytelling Guild
    • OR “Bring a Friend” who has not studied with Connie and both receive a 10% discount


    • 04/27/2024
    • 7:30 PM
    • Hayesille, NC

    Lies and Pies is held annually at the Peacock Performing Arts Center in Hayesville, NC.  

    A fun festival on the stage. Reviving a decade-old tradition of yarn-spinning, tall tale-telling, and big fib-stretching, where music sets the tone. From the liar’s bench at the hardware store to the possum drop. Sink your teeth into a slice of home-cooked humor. Add a homemade pie as a tasty treat and let the good times roll! Come join the fun!

    Adults: $17, 65+/Military: $12, Students: $7, 8 and Under: $0 (+NC Tax)

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    • 05/24/2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • 05/26/2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC
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    SPRING RETREAT with MEGAN WELLS.                     May 24 - May 26, 2024,  Wildacres Retreat                    Little Switzerland, NC

    Imagine have a story, yearning to come to life, grow, and bloom in the world. So you and your story escape from daily distractions to a quiet lodge on top of a beautiful NC mountain. Then, with care and humility, you tell your story to one of the most sought-after storytelling coaches in the country, surrounded by a circle of Delighted Listeners - your storyteller friends eager to learn with you - as your coach lovingly helps you polish your little gem. And in the process, we all learn together and enjoy the unique alchemy of storytelling. 

    IF THIS APPEALS TO YOU, REGISTER NOW - Only a few spots left!

    REVIEWS from 2023 Spring Retreat with Megan Wells. 

    Just got home from the NCSG Spring Retreat and WOW! What a great weekend! Wildacres is a special place- great staff, delicious meals and a breath-taking location. The workshop itself was a standout. The diversity of storytelling talent gathered under one roof was impressive, as was Megan’s coaching. The feedback she provided was as unique as the storytellers themselves, and it was easy to see the improvement in all of the stories when we shared our revised versions. Perhaps best of was the sense of community and trust that formed between the tellers. One of the best things I’ve done for my storytelling in a long while.   - Andy Russell

    This is to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed Megan Wells's workshop.  She is a "sought-after coach" for good reason!  She is so gentle in the way she suggests ways to draw an audience more fully into one's story, without telling one WHAT to do.  I could not have found a better teacher for the story I presented. - Donna Catton-Johnson

    I spent last weekend at the North Carolina Storytelling Guild Spring Retreat at the Wild Acres Retreat Center in the mountains east of Asheville. Our workshop leader Megan Wells did an amazing job of creating a safe and sacred space for everyone to create and craft their stories. Thanks to Dianne Hackworth for putting it all together and to the fabulous crew at Wild Acres for making us feel so welcome. Thanks to everyone who attended, both tellers and listeners, you made this time together Magick. (That's "magic" with a "k" for the Old Magick) And of course, thanks to Megan Wells for shining her heart light so that we could see previously undiscovered places in our stories. - Janel Behm

Past events

04/13/2024 Sounds of the Mountains Storytelling Festival
03/22/2024 What I've Learned So Far: Storytelling with Tim Lowry & Lee Lyons FREE
03/04/2024 Online Storytelling Course with Noa Baum
03/03/2024 Dances and Stories of Folk School - Fredrick Parks
02/29/2024 Black Roots, Stories, Dreams, and Glories
02/04/2024 Our Families, Our Lives, Our Stories - Elizabeth Ellis
01/26/2024 MOUNTAIN STRONG presents: Stories with Ashley McGhee Whittle & Sherry Lovett
01/21/2024 Appalachian Storytelling Connection Workshop - Lyn Ford
01/19/2024 OPEN MIC NIGHT in Hayesville
01/19/2024 OPEN MIC Night - Stories on the Square
01/19/2024 WINTER WORKSHOP with Sue O'Halloran
01/15/2024 APPALACHIAN STORYTELLING @ the Folk School - Storytelling Mondays
01/04/2024 Tell It Like It Is - Story Swap - Recurring event - Thursdays 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25
12/14/2023 Tell It Like It Is - Story Swap on ZOOM Thursdays - Mountain Area Storytellers
11/26/2023 Stories of Christmas with Donna Marie Todd
11/19/2023 TELLABRATION with the Asheville Storytelling Circle
11/11/2023 Twice Upon a Time: Milbre Burch & Antonio Rocha
11/05/2023 'Tis a Gift to be Simple: The Folk Art of Storytelling
11/03/2023 Old North State Storytelling Festival/ Nov. 3 & 4
10/31/2023 ECLIPSE: Stories of Light & Dark
10/21/2023 A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories
10/21/2023 Who Speaks for Red Wolves?
10/21/2023 Stage Fright - Ghost Stories at the Peacock Performing Arts Center
10/08/2023 Brunswick County Intercultural Festival with Storyteller MARVA MOSS
09/24/2023 Michael Reno Harrell & Josh Goforth "The Characters We've Known"
09/18/2023 Appalachian Storytelling in September
09/17/2023 John C. Campbell Folk School welcomes ANDY OFFUTT IRWIN
09/15/2023 Stories On The Square - OPEN MIC NIGHT
09/09/2023 ROADHOUSE STORYTELLERS at Page-Walker Arts & History Center

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