National Storytelling Network (NSN) is offering Next Generation Conference Scholarships to young adults interested in using storytelling in their respective fields. Recipients of the scholarships will be paired with others at the conference that will act as guides and resources during the conference. Information about the conference may be found on the NSN website (www.storynet.org).  Contact Karin@storynet.org with any questions.


Who May Apply:

  • Adults ages 18-30 (graduated or no longer attending high school), interested in using storytelling in their respective fields, i.e., education, psychology, museum educator, environmental educator, healing arts, law, religion, business, theatre, freelance storytelling, etc.


Winners Receive:

  • Free admission to full conference, beginning with Thursday evening’s opening through Sunday luncheon – includes Friday Story Slam, Saturday Awards ceremony and reception, and a ticket for the Sunday afternoon concert.  (Does not include pre-conferences or Thursday’s master classes.  Does not include meals, except Sunday lunch.)
  • Three nights shared lodging at conference hotel-Kansas City Country Club Marriott.


Additional Requirements

  • Must provide own transportation to/from conference
    Must be willing to share a room with another scholarship recipient or conference attendee
    Must pay own food and incidental expenses (tips, etc.)
    Winners will be required to work as a volunteer during the conference and meet with a Next Generation coordinator
    • Winners will be asked to complete an evaluation, to provide ideas for attracting younger people to the conference, and to write a letter to thank scholarship contributors


At least one scholarship will be awarded. If additional funding is received, additional scholarships will be granted. Members of the Next Generation Scholarship Committee will judge applications and determine scholarship winners.  Applications are due April 25, 2017.  Winners will be notified by May 10, 2017 and must accept and register for the conference by May 30, 2017.  If you have already paid your registration fee to meet the May 1st early-bird deadline price, it will be refunded to you, or you can re-direct funds to the pre-conferences and/or master classes.



Please provide the following information via email:
•   Name, Address, City, State, Zip
•   Telephone Numbers (home and cell)
•   Email Address
•   Employer/Job Title or School/Year
•   Date of Birth
•   Storytelling experience (either telling or listening)
•   Answer the following questions:
    1. Why are you interested in attending the National Storytelling Conference?
    2. What do you hope to gain from the conference?
    3. How can storytelling be used in your present or desired line of work?


Email your application letter to: karin@storynet.org, fax to 423-753-9331 (Attn: Karin Hensley) or mail your application to: NSN, c/o Karin Hensley, PO Box 795, Jonesborough, TN 37659.