Storytelling Guilds and Organizations by State

The information contained on this page is accurate to the best of our knowledge. It is recommended that you call or email the contact listed before attending a gathering.

 

If your group sees inaccurate information listed here, please contact the NSN office with the correct information.

 

Alabama

Hawaii

Massachusetts

New Mexico

South Dakota

Alaska

Idaho

Michigan

New York

Tennessee

Arizona

Illinois

Minnesota

North Carolina

Texas

Arkansas

Indiana

Mississippi

North Dakota

Utah

California

Iowa

Missouri

Ohio

Vermont

Colorado

Kansas

Montana

Oklahoma

Virginia

Connecticut

Kentucky

Nebraska

Oregon

Washington

Delaware

Louisiana

Nevada

Pennsylvania

West Virginia

District of Columbia

Maine

New Hampshire

Rhode Island

Wisconsin

Florida

Maryland

New Jersey

South Carolina

Wyoming

Georgia

 

 

 

 

 

Alabama

Gulf Coast Storytelling

Gulf Coast Storytelling's mission is to promote storytelling and story-listening in all its forms and fashions by hosting events, helping tellers manage their careers and collecting stories of geographical and historical interest to the northern gulf coast area of the United States of America. Contact: Barry Little, 251-626-9997, barry@nomadmusicstudio.com, www.gulfcoaststorytelling.com

 


 

Alaska

Storytellers' Guild of Anchorage

The guild meets monthly, usually on the third Saturday. We share stories and information about storytelling and do storytelling "mini-workshops". Open to all levels of experience. We sponsor Tellabration every year as well as several other events. Contact: Pam McDowell Saylor, 907-258-6514, pamsaylor@gci.net, www.storytellersguildofanchorage.org

 


 

Arizona

East Valley Tellers of Tales

East Valley Tellers of Tales meets the second Saturday of every month from 10am – noon at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, downstairs in the Gold Room. For information, go to the website: www.evtot.com/ or contact Mark Goldman – 602-390-3858. We welcome all levels of tellers and listeners.

 

StoryArts Group, Inc.

StoryArts Group is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community supported arts organization whose mission is to create, support, preserve, promote and celebrate the art of storytelling. Odyssey Storytelling, a monthly Tucson event where six people are invited to tell ten-minute personal stories on a theme, is a program of StoryArts Group. Contact Penelope Starr, 520-730-4112, penelope@odysseystorytelling.com, www.odysseystorytelling.com, P.O. Box 40422, Tucson, AZ 85717

 


 

California

California Indian Storytelling Association

The home page for The California Indian Storytelling Association has goals of the organization, upcoming events, membership information, and the newsletter. www.cistory.org

 

Claremont Graduate University Arts Management Program
The M.A. in Arts Management at Claremont Graduate University is the only program of its kind available in California. It blends the best of the renowned Drucker School of Management and the School of Arts and Humanities. The Arts Management program provides the students with an understanding of the arts and business to head museums, theatre and dance companies, cultural centers, music and arts education organizations, and to advocate for the future of the arts. www.cgu.edu/am

 

The Contra Costa Tale Spinners

Keep the Oral Storytelling Tradition Alive! Fourth Thursday of every month, Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA in the Gallery Room from 7:00 - 9:00 PM. As always, we welcome listeners and provide 70 minutes of open mike for all who wish to share a story, be it funny or sad, true or not. Contacts are Sally Holzman at SHol1614@aol.com and Bobbie Kinkead at BobbieTales@gmail.com.

 

Delta Wordweavers

Tellers in Contra Costa who plan & present swaps, library times, programs, & Tellabration. Contact: Marian Ferrante, (925) 778-0110, deltawordweavers@aol.com

 

Dreamshapers

Dreamshapers is dedicated to the preservation and sharing of storytelling, the most ancient of arts - bridging every cultural gap. Through storytelling, we offer entertainment and education to a diverse public, while providing creative and professional outlets for performers and artists. www.dreamshapers.org

 

Eth-Noh-Tec
Eth-Noh-Tec is an Asian American storytelling non-profit founded by performers Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo.  Mission: to build cultural bridges that celebrates diversity, embraces our humanity, and creates compassionate communities through Asian and Asian American stories that reveal our universal truths.  Besides performances of pan-Asian folktales, myths, and legends and contemporary Asian American stories, Eth-Noh-Tec teaches several workshops on storytelling and Asian cultural art forms, produces monthly salons 'Salon! You're On!' in San Francisco, the 'Orcas Storyfest' every other year on Orcas Island, Wa., and leads storytelling tours to Asia's myriad of storytelling art forms - 'Nu Wa Story Cultural Exchange Tours'.
www.ethnohtec.org, contact@ethnohtec.org, 415-282-8705, Twitter: ethnohtec

 

Foothills Storytelling Guild

The Foothill Storytelling Guild is a group of tellers and listeners in both Nevada County and Placer County in the Sierra Nevada Mountain foothills. The guild meets 2-3 times a year for a potluck of stories where both supper and tales are served up! In addition to these meetings, members are active throughout the year performing in a variety of sites in the region. For more information, please contact Cheryl Anderson taleteller2@gmail.com or 530.613.1153.

 

GRIOT Workshop

The GRIOT Workshop meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM at KAOS Network, 3335 43rd Place, Los Angeles, CA 90008. Contact: Michael D. McCarty, 310-677-8099 or 310 927-1029 cell, agriot@earthlink.net

 

Inland Valley Storytellers
IVS meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 PM at the Claremont Forum, 586 West First Street, Claremont, CA.  It's free and open to the public.  Come with an 8-10 minute story to share or just listen. For beginners & experienced storytellers alike!  We produce 2 concerts each year, one in November and one in April.  For more info contact John St. Clair at john@inlandstorytellers.org or visit our web site at http://inlandstorytellers.org.

 

Long Beach Storytellers

Long Beach Storytellers gather on the first Wednesday of the month, 7:00pm, at the El Dorado Library, 2900 Studebaker, Long Beach. Contact: Nancy Wood-Conover, (310) 548-5045, nancycon@earthlink.net, http://longbeachstorytellers.com

 

Mother Lode Storytelling Guild

Mother Lode Storytelling Guild mines the nugget of human imagination through story in California's Gold Country. From September to May we meet on the third Saturday of each month from 4pm to 6pm at The Angels Camp Mercantile, 1267 S. Main St., Angels Camp, CA 95222.  Everyone is welcomed. We plan for periodic guest tellers, coaching sessions and mini-workshops.  (No meetings in June, July or August). Contact B.Z. Smith (209)532-7697 or Colleen Dolan (562)900-3592. Email motherlodestorytellers@gmail.com.  "Like" us at Facebook by searching "Mother Lode Storytelling Guild."

 

Orange Upon a Time

This is a special Toastmasters Club where we learn to tell stories. If you are 18 years old or above, join us to hear stories, to learn how to tell, and to practice storytelling. Contact: David Chittenden, (714)921-3776, dchittenden@socal.rr.com

 

San Gabriel Valley Storytellers

Monthly meetings include discussions of storytelling issues and resources, plus a storyswap. Meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena CA. Contact: Nick Smith, 626-298-6532

 

South Bay Storytellers and Listeners

A swap group, meeting the 2nd Sunday of every month at the Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Los Altos, CA. Contact: Joy Swift, 650 494-1383, joy.swift@sbcglobal.net

 

South Coast Storytellers Guild

The South Coast Storytellers Guild celebrates the oral tradition of storytelling through entertaining performances, educational workshops, community service and the development of student storytellers. Contact: David Chittenden, 714-482-9843, dchittenden@socal.rr.com. Current information at www.storyguild.org

 

sssh Marin Story Swap

Meets second Sunday of the month 4-6p.m. at CCC, 145 Rock Hill Drive, Tiburon CA 94904. Contact: Jim Cooke, 415 461 8199, jimcooke@comcast.net

 

Storytellers Guild of Sonoma County

Informal group of professional tellers. Contact: Cathryn Fairlee, 707-433-2297, cfair@monitor.net

 

Storytellers of San Diego

Story swap, 4th Wednesday of the month, 7:00-9:00 p.m.,  Barnes & Noble, 10775 Westview Parkway, Mira Mesa (858) 684-3166 (contact Marilyn McPhie, 858-484-1325), "Stories and Stanzas Gathering" story  and poetry swap, 6:30 -7:45pm, first Tuesday of the month, Community Room, San Carlos Branch Library. 7265 Jackson Drive, San Diego. (contact Cynthia Griffin, icagriffin@cox.net,  619.460.7161 or Mary Holma, holma1@cox.net, 619.742.2897)  Storytelling classes: University of San Diego, spring semester (contact Vicky Reed, tellreed@aol.com,  619-298-6363) ; University of California, San Diego - Extension, one-day  class, Saturday in February (contact Marilyn McPhie;) adult concerts at USD monthly,February-May; storytelling strand at San Diego Folk Heritage Sam Hinton Festival in June. Other group and individual events. including Tellabration. Contact: NSN Liaison Marilyn McPhie, 858-484-1325, mmcphie@gmail.com; check www.storytellersofsandiego.org for tellers & events.

 

Storytelling Association of Alta California

The Storytelling Association of Alta California home page has information about events in its area, tellers, classes, and festivals. www.storysaac.org

 

Ventura County Storytelling Guild

Meets the second Friday of each month at the Proverbs Coffeehouse on the grounds (no pun intended) of the Peace Lutheran Church, 71 N. Loma Road (at Las Posas), Camarillo, CA from 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Listeners and all levels of storytellers welcome.  Come share a story or piece of a work in progress up to 10 minutes in length.  Suggested donation of $2-5. For additional information contact elaine@embodiedvoicestoryarts.com or call 805-407-2538.

 


 

Colorado

Northern Colorado Storytellers

We promote the art, craft and history of storytelling in the community and provide a forum for sharing stories and storytelling techniques. Contact: Nora J Heaton, (970) 669-6321, norajh@earthlink.net

 

Rocky Mountain Storytellers Guild

Support for new and established storytellers through monthly storysharing circles meeting on the third Monday in Denver, the odd numbered months and Boulder, the even numbered months. Open to the public; no cost to attend. Guild membership is $15 for one year and $25 for two years. Members receive quarterly newsletter describing storytelling events. Guild sponsors Winter Storytelling Festival in February. Contact: Linda Batlin or Kate Lutz, 303-494-6407 or 303-744-8055, lbatlin@aol.com or katelutz@mindspring.com

 

Spellbinders

Spellbinders®, an award winning non-profit organization, trains community volunteers in the art of oral storytelling and places these individuals as volunteer storytellers in their local public schools. Volunteer storytellers return to the same classrooms each month, forming mentoring relationships with children that last throughout the year, and sometimes continue for several years. This storytelling brings literacy, art, multi-cultural ideas, inspiration and the human touch to both older adults and eager young listeners. While elders have the satisfaction of being vital components of the community, building literacy and passing on beloved stories to the next generation, youngsters are exposed to people and stories that expand their knowledge and outlook on life. While Spellbinders target populations are both the elder storytellers and the young listeners, ultimately the whole community benefits when children have strong mentoring relationships with positive, adult role models. Spellbinders delivers its program by inspiring interested volunteers to join an existing chapter or start a new Spellbinders Chapter to serve a particular city, county or school district.

Spellbinders Chapters In Colorado

Broomfield Spellbinders®  - jeanrex2@aol.com
Center for African American Health (Denver) - margaretmccaskill@q.com
Denver Spellbinders® - whainesworth@gmail.com
Douglas County Spellbinders® (Castle Rock) - pqueen@dclibraries.org 
Eagle County Spellbinders® - grandmatb07@yahoo.com
Jeffco Spellbinders® (Lakewood) - jcspellbinders@comcast.net
Spellbinders® Oral Storytelling of Larimer County  (Fort Collins) - larimerspellbinders@gmail.com
Littleton Spellbinders® - lindamnix@msn.com
Longmont Spellbinders® - Elektra.Greer@ci.longmont.co.us
Mesa County Spellbinders® (Grand Junction) - larryalli@gmail.com
Roaring Fork Valley Spellbinders® (Aspen/Snowmass/Basalt/Carbondale/Glenwood Springs) - germaine@spellbinders.org 
San Luis Valley Spellbinders® (Alamosa) - storiesbyjulie@amigo.net
Steamboat Springs Spellbinders® - skostin@marmot.org

Touching Stories

Dedicated to bringing connection and community to the developmentally disabled community through multi-sensory storytelling.  Through grants and donations, Touching Stories beings specialized stories and multi-sensory books to libraries, schools and day programs.  We  also train people who work with disabled populations on how to tell these unique stories in a way that is truly meaningful to our audience.  For more information, please visit our website at www.touchingstories.org or email gwen@touchingstories.org.


 

Connecticut

Connecticut Storytelling Center

The Connecticut Storytelling Center was founded in 1984 and is based at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. CSC's mission is to promote the art of storytelling in all its forms and to serve storytellers and story listeners throughout the state of Connecticut. CSC produces the annual Connecticut Storytelling Festival in April and coordinates a widespread program in which about 30 storytellers work in Connecticut schools. www.connstorycenter.org

 

Connecticut Story Sharing Groups

Trumbull/Shelton – Talewaggers of Housatonic Valley. Monthly weeknight potlucks. Monica Peterson (203) 926-0677 or Yvonne Wilkins (203) 261-7940.

Darien – Storytelling Anon. Evening meetings, Darien Library. Janet Davis (203) 655-1234 or storytellinganon@yahoo.com.

Greater Hartford area – Hither and Yon Storytellers. 4th Monday or Tuesday. Sharon Lynch (860) 673-2487.

Manchester – Friends of the Word. 3rd Tuesday, 7:30 pm. Network of Biblical Storytellers Guild. Emanuel Lutheran Church (chapel), 60 Church Street. Chris Rothe (860) 871-0514 or Maude Carpenter (860) 649-5176, maudec2@juno.com. www.nobs.org.

 

LANES

(League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling)

A regional membership organization for the six New England states and New York. Sponsors the annual Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference in late March, and publishes The Museletter. www.lanes.org or director@lanes.org. LANES teller phone - 617-499-9662 to hear a story!

 


 

Delaware

Lower Delaware Storytellers Guild

Group formed from students of workshops on storytelling originally. Inaugural meeting January 15, 2004. Contact: Ted Ressler, 302-697-1271, TRessAARP@aol.com

 


 

District of Columbia

Washington Storytellers Theatre

WST is the greater Washington D.C.'s premier presenter of world-class storytelling for adults. We offer Nationally renowned storytellers on our Main Stage, the best of our area's local storytellers at our SpeakEasy Open Mic and a wide-reaching educational program. Contact: Artistic Executive Director Amy Saidman, Phone 240-888-9751. Address: Speakeasy DC, 3213 Mt. Pleasant Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010-2103. Website: www.washingtonstorytellers.org

 


 

Florida

Florida Storytelling Association

"Nurturing Storytellers, Expanding Storytelling" since 1984. Florida StoryCamp, Regional StoryLabs, Quarterly StoryTimes Journal, Youthful Voices of Florida, Grants and Scholarships, StoryGroups and Storytellers. Contact us for more information at www.flstory.org or 1-800-940-1972 or (443) 817-2129.

 

Miami Storytellers Guild

For the purpose of preserving, perpetuating and listening to stories and folktales and support for the storyteller. Contact: Jim Gregory, 305-607-3790 and his email is jgdragon@bellsouth.net.

 

Ocali Storytelling Guild

The mission of the Ocali Storytelling Guild is to preserve, perpetuate, promote and celebrate the art of storytelling by developing and nurturing a community of tellers, audiences and enthusiasts. www.freewebs.com/ocalistorytellingguild, Taryn Evans at terevans@comcast.net, 652 821-0298

 

Palm Beach County Storytelling Guild

The Palm Beach County Storytelling Guild is dedicated to promoting the oral tradition of storytelling. We share stories, experiences and news of the storytelling world. We believe storytelling is for everyone.  Storytelling is enjoyed as an art form and used as a powerful tool to promote peace-building, health care, education, business in today’s world.
Palm Beach County Storytelling Guild holds monthly meetings and story circles.  We host workshops from funds raised through Tellabration. A monthly newsletter, The South Florida Storytelling News (SFSN) informs  storytellers and enthusiast about meetings, events, concerts, festivals and workshops and visiting tellers. To receive the newsletter email mijbyram@aol.com with Storytelling in the subject box.

 

Sandcastle Storytellers

Official website of Sandcastle Storytellers, Inc. www.SandcastleStorytellers.org, contact Jeanne Mentor at gia184@aol.com, 386 775-6756

 

South Florida Storytelling Project/FAU Storytelling Club

This organization is committed to fostering the growth of storytelling as a performance art and as a means of preserving cultural memory through oral history and support of the performance arts. For more information contact Caren Neile at (561) 297-0042 or at cneile@fau.edu or view the website: www.fau.edu/divdept/schmidt/storytellers/journal.htm.

 

Strawberry Fields Storytellers

Contact: Maria Ibanez, 305-258-3414, merlina17@aol.com, www.strawberryfieldsstorytellers.com

 

Tale Tellers of St. Augustine

Dedicated to education and community enrichment, the guild advocates the perpetuation and appreciation of storytelling by providing performing opportunities for its members. Throughout the year the Tale Tellers of St. Augustine produces assorted storytelling programs and concerts including "Theater of the Mind: Storytelling at Limelight Theatre". Guests and new members are invited to monthly meetings at 7 p.m., second Mondays, except July. Meeting information: 904-829-8711, info@taletellers.org, or contact: Jane Sims, Publicist, 904-823-7969, StoryBuff@aol.com.  Visit us online:  http://taletellers.org/

 

Tampa Bay Storytellers Guild (Tampa/St. Petersburg)

Monthly meetings, workshops and performances, to promote and preserve the art of storytelling, and to offer a forum for storytellers in the Tampa Bay area. Contact: Bettylou Rosen, 727-785-3041, rosenb1@juno.com

 

Beaches League of Storytellers, Jacksonville

Meets 2nd Saturday of every month September through May at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Meetings begin at 10:15 with stories, followed by an engaging round-table discussion on a story-related topic.  Refreshments and friendship offered at every meeting!   Visit our website at www.beachesstorytellers.com or contact us at info@beachesstorytellers.com. Contact Holly Hamrick at russell.hamrick@comcast.net, 904 246-8976 or Nancy Avera, 904 285-1238

 

Northside Storytelling League, Jacksonville

Contact Catherine Warren, 1208 Ribault River Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32208

 

Gainesville Story Group, Gainesville

Contact Ann Scroggie, a.scroggie@cox.net, 352 332-6502

 

Gulf Coast Storytelling Alliance, Venice

Contact Patty Cloward at mermaid4@verizon.net, 941 475-6076

 

Storytellers of Central Florida, Winter Park

Contact Pete Abdalla at petenrusty@aol.com, 407 699-8790

 

The Villages Storytellers

Lady Lake and The Villages, Contact Randy and Fran Corley at 352 751-6188

 

Broward County Storytelling Guild, Ft. Lauderdale

Contact Debbie Helminger at 954-966-6084

 

Tamiami Tellers, Sanibel

Contact Leila (Cissie) Griffin, 239 657-7955, 610 Gladiola Street, Immokalee, FL 34142

 

The StoryTellers@Bay, Panama City

Contact Pat Nease, 850 871-0165, patnease@patnease.com

 

Tattle Tales, North Palm Beach

Contact Diane Dumbaugh at dmdumbaugh@bellsouth.net, 561-686-2760

 


 

Georgia

Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia

As an Affiliate of The National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS)We're griots, puppeteers, music makers, storyweavers, imagination builders, dream keepers and more. The face of Kuumba is changing and growing; we're teachers, actors, drummers, we're biblical, we're educators, story stretchers, librarians, story swappers and you. We're Decades of Experience. We're a spirit moving...so join Kuumba and CATCH THE SPIRIT! Akbar Imhotep-President. 404-691-6515. http://kuumbastorytellers.org/
Kuumba Storytellers, P.O.Box 11386, Atlanta GA 30310

 

Magnolia Tellers

A group of local and southeastern tellers devoted to raising the awareness of storytelling, preserving the art form, and encouraging participation in the oral tradition. Contact: Ron Kemp or Mary Williams, 800-776-7935, mwilliams@roswellgov.com, www.visitroswellga.com

 

Roswell Folk & Heritage Bureau

Dedicated to building a greater understanding of our culture and heritage through the traditional stories, songs, music, art, and language of the people. Contact: Mary Williams, 800-776-7935, mwilliams@roswellgov.com, www.visitroswellga.com

 

Southern Order of Storytellers

The Southern Order of Storytellers (SOS) is a regional group of storytellers and story listeners, based in Atlanta, with a commitment to promote the timeless values and universal bond of story. We share stories, teach the art of storytelling, produce story events, and provide information, resources, and support to our membership, other storytelling organizations, and the extended community. Contact: Anthony Vinson 770-231-1831 or anthony@anthonyvinson.com , www.SouthernOrderOfStorytellers.org

 

The Southern Order of Storytellers encourages neighborhood Cluster groups.

The Toco Tellers meet on the First Thursday of each month at the Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Branch of the DeKalb Public Library   , 1282  MConnell Drive, Decatur, GA, 30033.  Our meetings begin at 10:10 and end at noon. We offer support and encouragement to the new tellers as well as to the professional tellers with more experience. We have workshops periodically and always have time for stories! Contact Jane Hinds at 404-982-9652 and jane.hinds@comcast.net.

 

The Decatur-DeKalb Cluster has been meeting for 20 years and encourages all tellers to participate in practicing their stories, with Appreciations and answering questions from the teller.  We often provide seasonal stories for children and at retirement homes. The Cluster meets on the Third Thursday night of each month at 7:00 to 9:00 at the North Decatur Presbyterian Church at 611 Medlock  Road. Decatur GA 30033.  Contact Jane Hinds at 404-982-9652, or at jane.hinds@comcast.net.

 

Tellers of Two Cities

A storytelling troupe, formed in 1987, with members from Augusta GA, Aiken SC and nearby towns. The Tellers of Two Cities is a Guild of the South Carolina Storytelling Network and Cluster Group of the Southern Order of Storytellers (GA). Contact: Bob Linsenmayer, 864-391-2130, rlinsenmayer@wctel.net.

 

Tellers on The Hooch

Columbus, Georgia. A group of local and South Georgia Tellers and Listeners working hard to learn, develop, and bring us all into a full understanding of the art of storytelling.  We also encourage  of fun for all as we grow in every way. Contact: altonrussell@bellsouth.net or 706-587-7549

 

Women's Imaginative Storytelling Guild (WIGS)

WIGS is a group where women storytellers can support each other and dream of ways to work together to spread storytelling of interest to and about Women. We are planning our 10th annual Day of Discovery for Women at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center on Aug. 11, 2012.  Contact: Janice Butt, 404-377-2704, teachtale@bellsouth.net

 


 

Hawaii

Moonlight Storytellers of Oahu

Storytelling swap group meets occassionally, 7:00-10:00 pm. Call or e-mail for location. Visitors welcome. Share a folk or original story orally to supportive amateur or professional storytellers and listeners. Contact: Vicky Dworkin, (808) 262-2049, dworkin@hawaii.edu

 


 

Iowa

Northlands Storytelling Network

A charitable and educational organization in the Upper Midwest dedicated to encouraging and expanding storytelling in ways that allow all people to understand and share the benefits of this art. Annual Conference in Lake Geneva, WI the fourth weekend in April. Contact: Karen Wollscheid, Executive Director. 815-344-6435 info@northlands.net www.northlands.net

 

StoryWeavers

We are storytellers who have been together for six years. We love and promote the oral tradition of storytelling. We are all active storytellers individually and as a group. Some of our annual events are Tellabration, an evening of nature stories told outdoors at the beautiful local Nature Center, hosting a ghosting at the Art Center, and telling in a one-room schoolhouse on an historical site during their Christmas open house. Contact: Kathy Yoder, 712/274-1289, WinkleP2@aol.com

 

Two Rivers Story Spinners

Meets 4th Sunday of each month. Contact: Charles Johnson, 515-255-0681, papacholly4you@cs.com

 


 

Idaho

GIST: Guild of Idaho Storytellers

Contact: Jeanette Ross, jross@fortboise.org for meeting times and events

 

TVS: Treasure Valley Storytellers

Contact: Jerry Cowley, jbcowley@rmci.net for meeting times and events

 


 

Illinois

ASE: The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers

ASE members meet every second Sunday at Christ the Mediator Church, 31st and Calumet, Chicago from 2:30 to 5:00 PM. We share stories, plan events, and discuss the business of storytelling. Come out and join us on our storytelling months of April, August and December (stories start at 3:30 pm). The December meeting may be at a different location. Contact Andrea Fain, andreafain@sbcglobal.net.  www.aseblackstorytellers.org

 

Champaign Urbana Storytelling Guild

Contact: Kim Sheahan, 244-3355, ksheahan@uiuc.edu

 

Chicago Storytelling Guild

Founded in January 1998, after producing Chicago's first Tellabration, this diverse group of professional and emerging storytellers and storylisteners meet the third Tuesday of the month, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, at the Oriental Institute Museum, corner of 58th St and S. University in Hyde Park, on the University of Chicago campus. Street parking available. Many opportunities to tell and become involved in storytelling events locally and nationally. Guild meetings provide a nurturing environment to take risks and hone new stories. No experience necessary.  It produces Tellabration! Always the Sunday before Thanksgiving in Hyde Park. Volunteers welcome. Look for new "Story Slam" opportunities by signing up to be on our e-mail list. Contact: Judith Heineman, juhestories@aol.com, 312-925-0439 or  773-288-7217.Or Jeff Solotoroff: jeffro1165@gmail.com.

 

Fox Valley Storytelling Guild

The Fox Valley Storytelling Guild meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm in Batavia, IL. Contact: Donna Dettman, 630-879-6891, ddettman57@gmail.com. www.foxvalleyfolk.com

 

McHenry County Storytelling Guild

McHenry County Storytelling Guild meets 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7pm at the Prairieview Education Center,
2112 Behan Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. For a map and directions see, www.mccdistrict.org/map.htm
or call 815-479-5779

 

Illinois Storytelling, Inc.

Producers of the Illinois Storytelling Festival. Website also includes a directory of Illinois Storytellers. www.storytelling.org

 

Nature Center Storytelling Guild

Meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 7 pm. North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N Pulaski, Chicago. Contact: Mark Kater, 847-673-5786, markkater@mac.com

 

North Shore Storytelling Guild

North Shore of Chicago - monthly storytelling meeting in member's homes. Contact: Lynne Clayton, 847/869-3025, storywizard13@aol.com

 

Northlands Storytelling Network

A charitable and educational organization in the Upper Midwest dedicated to encouraging and expanding storytelling in ways that allow all people to understand and share the benefits of this art. Annual Conference in Lake Geneva, WI the fourth weekend in April. Contact: Karen Wollscheid, Executive Director. 815-344-6435 info@northlands.net www.northlands.net

 

Oak Tree Storytelling Guild

Monthly meetings Sept. - June at the Oak Park Public Library or Molly Malone's. Two group events: Nov. - Tellabration at the Oak Park Public Library; Feb. - Afternoon of Love Stories at Under the Ginko Tree Bed and Breakfast, Oak Park. Contact Maria Coyne at 708-482-9476 or at joe.maria.coyne@sbcglobal.net.

 

Peoria Prairie Tellers

A story telling guild for central Il. We are 14 years old and meet monthly at the Peoria Public library. Call 309 for more information. Contact: Carol Johnson (309) 691-0508 storytellercc@aol.com

 

Riverwind Storytellers

St Louis metro storytellers. Meet 2nd Wednesday of month except Aug. and Dec. Contact: Marilyn Kinsella, 618-397-1377, markinsella19@hotmail.com

 

Speakers and Storytellers Guild

Meets at Panera Bread, 1191 East Ogden Avenue,Naperville, IL 60563 at 8:30 am on the first Saturday of each month. Please come and listen or give a speech or tell a story. Contact: Old Bill at 630-248-4099 or at oldbill571@yahoo.com

 

Twin City Tale Spinners

The Twin City Tale Spinners meets the third Thursday of each month at the Normal Public Library in Normal, IL. Meetings are at 6:45 PM. Contact: Mike Lockett, 309-454-2300, mike@mikelockett.com

 


 

Indiana

Bloomington Storytellers' Guild

Group of tellers available for events in Southern and Central Indiana. Three events in a calendar year include "Wintertelling" in February, "Concert in the Park" in July and "Concert of Ghost Stories" in October. Contact: Stephanie Holman, 812-829-4770, sholman@monroe.lib.in.us, http://www.bloomington.in.us/~bsg/storyguild.html

 

Northern Indiana Storytelling Guild

This guild is devoted to extending the use of Storytelling. It is made up of professional storytellers and beginning tellers of many ages. Contact: Bob or Kathie Myers, 574.206.8661, Bob@Storypeddlers.com

 

RiverTown StoryTellers

A group of dedicated storytellers sharing the art of telling stories in the Southern Indiana, Southern Illinois and Northern Kentucky areas. The storytellers present Tellabration in November and a winter workshop. They also sponsor a web site for all tellers. Contact: Mary Jo Huff, 800-213-0527, maryjo@storytellin.com, www.rivertownstorytellers.com

 

Storytelling Arts of Indiana

Storytelling Arts of Indiana promotes the art and use of storytelling in everyday life. Programs include performance series for adults, families and students; the As I Recall Storytelling Guild; weekly storytelling at Riley Hospital for Children; Summer Performances in the Neighborhood Parks for latch-key children; Jabberwocky in collaboration with IndyFringe; and the Frank Basile Emerging Stories Fellowship and Premiere. Contact: Ellen H. Munds, Executive Director, Ellen@storytellingarts.org, 317-576-9848, www.storytellingarts.org, http://www.facebook.com/#!/storytellingart, @storytellingart

 


 

Kansas

River and Prairie Storyweavers

River & Prairie Storyweavers is a group of storytellers and listeners working to develop interest in storytelling. Two meetings monthly, 2nd Saturday and the 1st Thursday. Contact: Gary Kuntz, 816-452-6893, galirahi@aol.com

 

Yarnspinners

The Yarnspinners are a regional group in northcentral Kansas who gather for storytelling.  All ranges of experience are welcomed, as well as just listeners.  Downs, KS, the designated "storytelling capital of Kansas" is host to several events throughout the year.  Contact Terry Koops, 785.545.8753, for more information.  For specific events or opportunities, also see www.kansasstorytelling.com.

 


 

Kentucky

Bluegrass Healing Story Guild

An interest group for appreciation and education in the art of storytelling for healing and change. Holds seasonal workshops for interested persons. Meets monthly at Paschal’s conference room or at Eagle Creek Public Library in Lexington. http://storytellinglexingtonky.blogspot.com/  Contact: Paschal Baute, (859) 293-5300, pbbaute@paschalbaute.co

 

East Kentucky Storytellers Guild

A group that practices the same profession. Storytelling! Contact us for availability. Contact: Gaylord Cooper, (606) 932-4958, coopergl@roadrunner.com

 

Ernie Miller Nature Center

in Olathe, Kansas  offers Animal Tales every other Wednesday at 10:30 am for preschoolers and parents with stories and animals. Throughout the year the nature center host summer Friday  family nights with Stories under the Stars.  In December we offer Winter Solstice stories and January-February we have stories on Sunday afternoon. Storytelling workshops are offered once a year.  For more information check out the website wwwerniemiller.com. For email contact molly.postlewait@gmail.com or call 913-764-7759

 

Kentucky Storytelling Association

Statewide storytelling organization. Mission: KSA is a 501c(3) non-profit membership organization whose mission is to develop on-going support and appreciation for the art of storytelling in the Commonwealth. The association hosts an annual Kentucky Storytelling Conference that includes Seminars, Storytelling and Story Listening. KSA Conference is a great network opportunity for those with storytelling interests. Contact: secretary@kystory.org Address: P.O. Box 4148, Frankfort, KY 40604-4148.

 

Lexington Spellbinders

A chapter of Spellbinders, a national storytelling organization. Volunteer storytelling in local public schools schools, connecting seniors with children to build character and community through storytelling. Lexington Spellbinders meet at a local public library on the 2nd Tuesday Wednesday morning of each month.  Visit www.spellbinders.org to learn more about the national organization. To reach Lexington Spellbinders, contact Greg Davis, Marketing Director Manager– Lexington Public Library, (859) 231-5554 Email gdavis@lexpublib.org

 

Tale Talk

A storytelling group where stories are told, camaraderie developed, critiques are available, story news is shared. We meet monthly on the second Monday of the month in the Louisville area.  Contact: Cynthia Changaris, 502-451-7144, 502-645-2930 or cchangaris@aol.com

 


 

Louisiana

Bayouland Storytellers Guild

Bayouland Storytellers Guild of Southwest Louisiana was founded in 2002 and serves thirteen southwest parishes of Louisiana. Guild members are academic, school, and public librarians, and retired teachers. Guild members are also storytellers, story listeners, and story lovers. Storytellers in the guild tell stories for programs in and out of the state. BSGSL has three meetings a year and five activities. The annual membership fee is $15.00. For additional sent email to bsguild@lusfiber.net

 

Central Louisiana (CenLA) Storytellers Guild CenLa

Meets from 2pm-4pm on the fourth Saturday of the month from January to September. Alternating between Alexandria (Huie-Delmon House, Main Library Downtown) and the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Leesville. In September we co-host the Louisiana Liars Contest. In October, we Co-Host the Southern Crossroads Storytelling Conference with LSUA. In November, we generally present three or four Tellabration events -- each in a different town. We do not meet in December. Varying levels of membership. Contact Neil W. Early, President at 337/238.1959 or at mnearly@wnonline.net

 

Independent Children's Artist Network

ICAN is a support organization for artists of all disciplines, including storytellers. ICAN provides professional development opportunities, networking opportunities, career development assistance, and marketing assistance. Contact: Dianne de Las Casas, 504-368-1831, dianne@icanartists.org, www.icanartists.org

 

Louisiana Storytelling Association

A Louisiana statewide association supporting storytelling and storytellers. Contact: Neil Early, 318-238-1959, mnearly@worldnetla.net

 

SELA Storytelling Guild

South East Louisiana Storytelling Guild meets monthly at Borders bookstore in Metairie, LA. Membership is $15 per year. Contact: Angela Davis, 504 400-5625, yarnspinner@mindspring.com, www.yarnspin.com/sela.htm

 


Maine

LANES

(League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling)

A regional membership organization for the six New England states and New York. Sponsors the annual Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference in late March, and publishes The Museletter. www.lanes.org or director@lanes.org. LANES teller phone - 617-499-9662 to hear a story!

 

Maine Organization of Storytelling Enthusiasts (M.O.O.S.E.)

Members with one thing in common, we are all Enthusiastic about Storytelling! We gather on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at the Portland Public Library in the Rines Auditorium, 5 Monument Square, Portland, Maine from 7 - 9pm. There is an open mic portion of the program from 7-8 pm, followed by our featured teller

 for the evening. The suggested donation is $5.00. For more information, go to http://moosetellers.ning.com or www.facebook.com/MooseTellers or contact, Margaret Cardoza at mmcardoza@gmail.com

 


 

Massachusetts

Boston Storytelling Potlucks

Monthly (first Sundays) storytelling potlucks held in volunteers' homes in the greater Boston metro area. Has been held continuously for over 20 years. Contact: Miriam Diamond-Barber, msdiamond@rcn.com

 

Jewish Storytelling Coalition

To tell or hear a Jewish story is to share the magic of dreams, to find a new understanding of the Jewish heritage, to grow spiritually. We meet for story swaps and present Tellabration events and others. Join us! Contact: Bonnie Greenberg/Cindy Rivka Marshall, 617 244-2884 or 617 244-9953, BBonnieG@aol.com or CMars13@aol.com www.jewishstorytelling.org

 

LANES

(League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling)

A regional membership organization for the six New England states and New York. Sponsors the annual Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference in late March, and publishes The Museletter. www.lanes.org or director@lanes.org. LANES teller phone - 617-499-9662 to hear a story!

 

massmouth, inc.
promoting the timeless art of storytelling through social media, education and live performance in Greater Boston and Massachusetts. Story slams, traditional stories, workshops and more all on line at our 500+ video archive. Checkout "event" pages to find out where to meet us 'live' at massmouth.com. Please write to us at: stories@massmouth.com. Follow us on Twitter "massmouth" and on Facebook at "massmouth".

 


 

Maryland

Western Maryland Mountains & Lake Tellers

Our tellers and listeners produce a Tall Tale Liars Contest and Festival in Oct., Story Swap Nights, a Tellabration! in Nov., and Soup and Story Nights at local restaurants and Inns around the lakes and in the forests. Contact: Dr. Gail N. Herman, 301-387-9597, gnherman@gcnetmail.net, www.gcnet.net/storyteller

 

Storytellers on the Hill

Storytellers on the Hill is a guild for all persons interested in preserving and perpetuating the art of storytelling as a way of enriching our lives. Membership is open to the public, to all ages, to storytellers and story listeners. Contact: Joanne Hay, 717-642-8039, jhay@pa.net

 

Voices-in-the Glen

Voices seeks to promote storytelling and listening in the Washington Metropolitian area. We hold monthly swaps at member's houses, a yearly festival (our 20th is coming up) with workshops and concerts, and guild meetings on the craft and business of storytelling. We work with other groups and tell at festivals and events throughout the region. We host a website where members may have their own pages. Contact: Margaret Chatham, 703 698-5456, dorfmans@erols.com, www.voicesintheglen.org

 

Washington Storytellers Theatre

WST presents 2 or more performances for adults each month. We also have workshops and classes. Contact: Robert Revere, 301-891-1129, washingtonstorytellers@yahoo.com, www.washingtonstorytellers.org

 


 

Michigan

Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild

4th Sunday of each month Sept.-June. Located at Nicola's Books, Westgate Mall, 2513 Jackson Rd at Maple Road, Ann Arbor. Free. Bring a story to tell or listen to swapped stories. 2-4 pm. Info: www.AnnArborStorytelling.org email fransdotir@aol.com or phone Judy Schmidt (734) 971-5763.

 

Birmingham Storytellers Guild of the Community House

Meets each first Thursday of the month from September through June at the Community House at 380 Bates St., Birmingham. Info: Cynthia Casey, call 248-625-3825 or email cyn.c01@comcast.net or Linda McGuire, Early Childhood Director at the Community House, 248-644-5832.

 

Detroit Assoc of Black Storytellers

313-442-3227/442-DABS for info. Contact Linda Pierce, President, 313-861-8843, or Jennie Crittendon, 517-522-3364, or email jmdcrit@aol.com

 

Detroit Story League

3rd Saturday of every month except July (12:00-3:00) various locations in Greater Detroit Area. Bring a sandwich, hosts provide drinks and desserts. Since 1912 the DSL meets to tell stories, improve skills, share resources. DSL sponsors annual Tellabration & Spring Children's Concert. Info: www.detroitstorytelling.org Judy Sima, 248-644-3951.

 

Flint - Society of Afrikan American Storytellers-SAAS

Meets and prepares community performances. Contact: Brenda Harris, PO Box 13296, Flint Mi 48501, 810-235-1844, Email: beyondwallz@gmail.com

 

Story Spinners of Grand Rapids

The Story Spinners of Grand Rapids meet from 7:00-8:40pm on the second Tuesday of each month at Frederik Meijer Gardens, 1001 East Beltline NE. www.storyspinners.org; storyspinners@gmail.com

 

Lansing Storytellers

2nd Monday of each month 7-9pm at Plymouth Congregational Church, 2001 East Grand River, Lansing 48912, at Fairview St. & Grand River in Lansing (I 96 to Lansing, exit I 27 north - Saginaw/Grand River exit. Follow Grand River west to 2nd light (Fairview St). Contact: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com and/or Shirley Bradley, storylady12@comcast.net.

 

Lenawee Storytellers Guild

First Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Jan Richardi, 526 Comstock; Adrian Mi 49221, 517-263-5197 or email janrmcv@yahoo.com.

 

Michigan Storytelling

MichiganStoryelling.com or MichiganStorytelling.org

 

Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST)

Meets every 1st Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 pm, Grace A. Dow Memorial Libary, 1710 West Saint Andrews Rd, Midland MI 45860-2698. Info: Eileen DeLorenzo, lead coordinator P.O. Box 1304, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858, 1-866-835-5988/989-773-2429 emdelorenzo@msn.com.

 

Montague/Whitehall

Tellabration: A Tale For Two Cities is an annual storytelling festival, celebrated in November in Montague/Whitehall area. Info: Helen Fink (231) 893-5323, helenfink@charter.net or www.atalefortwocities.org.

 

Mother Goose Guild Center

Joanne Ladd, 7300 100th St., Flushing, MI 48433, 810-639-7556 or 810-743-7773 or email mothergoose73@comcast.net

 

Montcalm County Storyweavers

The Montcalm County Storytelling Guild meets 1st Thursday monthly at 6:30 PM. Info: Georgia Schad (989-291-5518) email: gmschad@chartermi.net or Janet Wulf-Marvin (989-831-4168) email: wulfmarj@yahoo.com

 

Muskegon Yarnspinners

Second Wednesday of each month 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Torrent House, across the street from the Hackley Library, downtown Muskegon, MI except meet at members' houses in June, July and August. Contact Ned Carter 231-755-2383.

 

Richland Story Caravan

Gull Lake High School Story Caravan. High School student storytellers serving southwest Michigan, Robin Nott-faculty contact person, 269-488-5020 ext. 1698, rnott@gulllakecs.org. Gull Lake High School Story Caravan, 99550 E M-89, Richland, MI 49083

 

New Baltimore Biblical Storytellers

Contact: Katie Dailey 586-716-9543 daileystory@yahoo.com for information.

 

Warren - Chatterton Parent-Tellers

Meets at Chatterton Middle School, 24333 Ryan Road, Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:30 during the school year. You don't have to be a parent to attend. Judy Sima contact person. judsim@hotmail.com

 

White Lake Township

North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7:00-9:00 at the Fisk Farm schoolhouse. Highland Road (M-59) & Fisk Road. For more information contact: Lois-Sez@LoiS-sez.com

or www.northoaklandcountystorytellers.org

 


 

Minnesota

Black Storytellers Alliance

A non-profit 501(c)3 organization of Master Storytellers. Educators and Community Supporters that provides training for those interested in using the African based storytelling methods to reach their audience and sponsors the “Signifyin’ and Testifyin’ Festival each September. www.blackstorytellers.com

 

Heartlands Storytellers

Meets every second Sunday at St. Edward’s Church, 2000 w. Oakland Ave. Austin, MN. For info, call Bev Jackson Cotter at 507.373-4748.

 

Minnesota Artists

An online database of Minnesota artists and organizations from all disciplines which offers to Minnesota-based artists a central gathering place on the Web, the result of a collaboration between the McKnight Foundation and the Walker Art Center’s New Media Initiatives group. www.mnartists.org

 

Minnesota Fringe Festival

The largest non-juried performing arts festival in the United States, Minnesota’s Fringe is especially friendly to storytellers and other spoken word artists. www.fringefestival.org

 

Northlands Storytelling Network

A charitable and educational organization in the Upper Midwest dedicated to encouraging and expanding storytelling in ways that allow all people to understand and share the benefits of this art. Annual Conference in Lake Geneva, WI the fourth weekend in April. Contact: Karen Wollscheid, Executive Director. 815-344-6435 info@northlands.net www.northlands.net

 

Northstar Storytelling League

Northstar Storytelling Guild has board meetings first Wednesday of each month. Storytelling venues second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Plus much more. Calendar on website. www.northstarstorytelling.org

 

Rochester Area Storytellers

Meets periodically in Rochester, MN. For info, call Marlene Jensen at 507.288.9276 or email at jensen@att.net

 

Salt of the Earth

A storytelling circle that meets to hear and share stories of faith, freedom and frivolity from 3 to 5:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month in the Fireside Room at Central Lutheran Church, 333 12th Street S., Minneapolis, MN. Free parking in back lot. For more information, call Lynn Dosch at 612.729.1865.

 

TaleWeavers Toastmaster Club

Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the Month 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Learn the Art of storytelling at a Toastmaster Club! Minnehaha United Methodist Church, 3701 E 50th Street, Minneapolis MN. (about 6 blocks west of Hiawatha Ave) Contact: Dave Schaal (612) 729-3160.

 


 

Missouri

Cape Girardeau:  Have We Got a Story For You!

Join us along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River in April for the “Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival: Where The River Turns A Thousand Tales.” Enjoy some of the nation’s best tellers under big-top tents in our historic downtown.  In October, the tales turn spine tingling as we host “An Evening of Ghost Storytelling.”  And in January, we’ll tickle your funny bone with “An Evening of Humorous Storytelling.”  So, come!  See what all the talk is about.  In Cape Girardeau, there are "memories to create and stories to share." For more information, check out CapeStorytelling.com, info@VisitCape.com, or call 1-800-777-0068!


 

The John Wornall House Museum and the Alexander Majors House

Two living history museums in Kansas City. We present several programs throughout the year. Storytelling, music, and interactive drama are regularly a part of our events. We are also open for regular tours, wine and cheese lectures, free concerts and other wonderful history related events. Please see our websites at www.wornallhouse.org and www.alexandermajors.com for information, or call 816-444-1858.

 

Mid-Missouri Organization of Storytelling

Made up of storytellers and story listeners to share and encourage all ages to tell stories. Contact: Larry Brown, 573-642-9326, brownstory@hotmail.com

 

River and Prairie Storyweavers

River & Prairie Storyweavers is a group of storytellers and listeners working to develop interest in storytelling. Two meetings monthly, 2nd Saturday and the 1st Thursday. Contact: Gary Kuntz, 816-452-6893, galirahi@aol.com

 

St. Louis Gateway Storytellers

Meetings are 4th Tuesday evenings (7-9 pm) every other month beginning in January. Location of meetings varies so call contact number for location. Invited are storytellers, story listeners, and story users. www.stlouisgatewaystorytellers.org or phone( 320)834-4419.

 


 

Mississippi

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Montana

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Nebraska

OOPS (Omaha Organization for the Purpose of Storytelling)

Our purpose is to encourage and nurture storytellers in the oral tradition by providing an educational environment with opportunities for live performance. Contact: Chuck Gallup, 402-493-3203, okstory@msn.com, www.nebraskastoryarts.org/oops.html

 


 

Nevada

 

For information about Storytelling in Nevada, contact Karla Huntsman  702-834-7020.

 


 

New Hampshire

Central New Hampshire Storytelling Guild

Central NH Storytelling Guild meets the second Tuesday of the month, from 7 to 9 PM at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church 505 South Street, Bow NH. Folks from Central and South Central NH come to share or listen to stories, both established and in progress. All who take an interest in storytelling are invited. Contact: 'Uncle George' Radcliffe, 603-746-2824, gradcliffe@conknet.com

 

LANES

(League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling)

A regional membership organization for the six New England states and New York. Sponsors the annual Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference in late March, and publishes The Museletter. www.lanes.org or director@lanes.org. LANES teller phone - 617-499-9662 to hear a story!

 

Merrimack Valley Storytelling Guild

The Merrimack Valley Storytelling Guild meets the first Wednesday of the month, from 7 to 9 PM in the Beshara Room in the Kelley Library, 234 Main Street, Salem NH. Folks from eastern, south eastern and south central NH and North Eastern MA come to share or listen to stories, both established and in progress. All who take an interest in storytelling are invited. Contact Angela Klingler (603) 898-0537, MVStoryGuild@aol.com

 

Seacoast Storytellers

The Seacoast Storytellers meet the fourth Thursday of the month, from 7 to 9 PM, at the Portsmouth Public Library, 8 Islington St., Portsmouth, NH. Folks from South-eastern NH, southern Maine, and northern Mass. come to share stories both established and in progress. All who take an interest in storytelling are invited to attend. Contact: Cathy Pridham, 603-766-1740, capridha@lib.cityofportsmouth.com

 


 

New Jersey

Garden State Storytelling League - Mercer county

The Garden State Storytellers' League was founded in 1982. Membership in the league is open to adults who are storytellers or are interested in the Art of Storytelling. Monthly meetings, workshops, and Story Swaps are held. Storytellers perform at various places such as museums, libraries, community fairs, Girl/Boy Scout meetings, etc. Members receive Here and There, a newsletter, a yearbook with a themed annotated storytelling bibliography, Story Art, a magazine for storytellers, and information about national and regional storytelling conferences. Contact: Fred Quinn, fquinn5986@aol.com


The Jersey Shore Storytellers - Mommouth and Ocean counties

A six year old organization of beginning to professional adult tellers, and appreciative listeners who meet for monthly swaps, present a yearly Tellabration and serve as a clearing house for booking its members. Contact: Mary Johnson, mejohnson8@verizon.net

 

League of New Jersey Storytellers

The League of New Jersey Storytellers (LNJS) is a non-profit organization that meets at 7:30 P.M. on the second Wednesday of the month at the Bridgewater library. LNJS members generally live in central New Jersey. At our meetings we swap stories and plan for storytelling events in which we participate. Some of our members enjoy telling. Others enjoy listening. Guests are welcome to observe or participate at meetings. Contact: Joe Dudis, 732-469-9327, dudis2@yahoo.com

 

New Jersey Storytelling Guild - Essex county

Meets on first or second Sunday of the month June through September 3:00 or 7:00 pm. Alternates workshops and story swaps. Union Congregational Church 76 Cooper Ave Upper Montclair NJ. Email guildnjstory@yahoo.com or call 973-661-0067. See NJSN web site for exact date, time and details. www.njstorynet.org

 

New Jersey Storytelling Network

Dedicated to connecting storytellers and storylisteners in the state of New Jersey. Sponsors three New Jersey storytelling festivals including the annual NJ Storytelling Festival. Website includes a directory of NJ storytellers and a calendar of story events and workshops in New Jersey and nearby states. Provider of NJ Dept. of Education Professional Development Credits. www.njstorynet.org

 

Princeton Storytelling Circle - Central New Jersey

Luray Gross, lurayg@pil.net


Story Weavers - MorrisCounty and Northern NJ

Meets monthly in Denville, NJ to swap stories and plan performance events. Contact: Carol Titus, 973-625-8548, carol.titus@yahoo.com

 

Storytelling Arts, Inc.

Storytelling Arts is a non-profit corporation which serves low-income schools and other special needs groups in New Jersey through long-term storytelling programs. We also provide in-depth training in storytelling for teachers. www.storytellingarts.net/

 

Voices From the Sand - Gloucester, Camden counties

Founded in the early 1990s, Voices is a small gathering of South Jersey tellers who meet to share the joys and discoveries of storytelling on the third Tuesday of every month at various locations. We also sponsor annual storytelling events. Contact: Laura Kaighn, Lady Hawke Storytelling, (856) 728-0816, laurakaighn@comcast.net; http://home.comcast.net/~ladyhawkestorytelling/site/

 


 

New Mexico

Storytellers of New Mexico

Storytellers of New Mexico (STNM) promotes, supports, and encourages the art, knowledge, and history of storytelling. STNM is a statewide membership organization for those who enjoy telling and listening to stories. STNM hosts and/or supports story swaps, annual Tellabration events, a yearly workshop, and a quarterly newsletter. We also support the National Youth Storytelling Showcase and New Mexico’s two annual storytelling festivals sponsored by the Farmington Public Library and SOMOS Taos, respectively. An STNM board member serves as state liaison with the National Storytelling Network. STNM is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit Corporation. Visit us at www.newmexicostorytellers.org

New York

African Folk Heritage Circle, Inc.

A group of storytelling artists working within the African oral tradition. We seek to redefine our folklore, folk medicine, folk life, folk wisdom, and to harness the power of deep symbolism in our traditional African stories. www.africanfolkheritagecircle.org/about.html Contact: Dr. Joyce Duncan DrDuncan@africanfolkheritagecircle.org Phone: (718) 341-5763


Black Dirt Storytelling Guild

The Black Dirt Storytelling Guild is sponsored by the Florida Public Library in Florida, NY and is open to all story lovers age 16 and up. The Guild meets on the second Thursday of every month at the library, 7:30 p.m. Events include summer Campfire Storytime sessions, Tellabration and other programs for all ages in Orange County and the Hudson Valley. Contact: Madelyn Folino, (845) 651-7659, mfolino@rcls.org

 

Jewish Storytelling Center

Participate in Jewish storytelling activities in New York City at the 92nd Street Y's Buttenwieser Library: Get-togethers to swap Jewish stories, The Oral Tradition performance series, storytelling workshops, and the Jewish Storytelling Newsletter. Contact: Peninnah Schram, 212-415-5542, storytelling@92ndsty.org, www.92ndsty.org

 

LANES

(League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling)

A regional membership organization for the six New England states and New York. Sponsors the annual Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference in late March, and publishes The Museletter. www.lanes.org or director@lanes.org. LANES teller phone - 617-499-9662 to hear a story!

 

Once Upon a Lake, LLC

The beauty of the Finger Lakes region inspires creativity in art and theatre so the “fit” for a storytelling festival seems a matter of course. We host an annual event each September and are currently planning a curriculum that endeavors all the year long to promote awareness, provide support for, and celebrate the tradition of storytelling.  Contact Brett Steeves at 607-868-3323  website: www.OnceUponALake.com Email at somers@somersart.com

 

The Storytelling Center

New York City's center of storytelling for more than a quarter century sponsors events, workshops, and swaps. Please go to our website for more detailed information: www.storytelling-nyc.org or contact Regina Ress, 212-260-3674, reginaress@RnRProductions-nyc.com

 

Storytelling Guild of Greater Rochester (SGGR)

Meets the first Friday of the month at Barns and Noble in Pittsford NY at 7 P.M.for a story swap. All are welcome. For more information contact Mike Rickert at 585-544-8422 or e-mail at rickerttelling@aol.com

 

Spin-A-Storyteller

Western New York's Premier story telling guild. Meetings second Friday of every month at the United Presbyterian Church corner of Main Street and Jewett Parkway in Buffalo, NY. Contact: Sue Tannehill, (716) 828-0717, Stannehill@aol.com, www.sff.net/people/spin-a-story/

 

Story Circle of the Capital District

A group of people who love stories. We meet monthly to tell works in progress with teller-directed feedback. Contact: Carol Connolly, (518) 786-1271, talesntunes@earthlink.net, http://timesunion.com/communities/storycircle

 


 

North Carolina

Asheville Storytelling Circle

Founded in 1995, the Asheville Storytelling Circle is a nonprofit organization dedicated to excellence in the oral tradition by affirming our various cultures through storytelling, and nourishing the development of emerging and established artists. Monthly meetings on the 3rd Monday, 7:00 p.m., in the lobby of Asheville Terrace Apartments, 200 Tunnel Rd., Asheville. New Members and Guests always welcome. For more information, contact: 828-274-1123 or 828-581-4603, or visit us online: http://ashevillestorycircle.org

 

Gaston Association Promoting Storytelling (GAPS)

We are a group of regional storytellers and story listeners committed to fostering the art of storytelling in our community. Based in Lowell, North Carolina, we share stories, teach the art of storytelling, distribute information about storytelling and story listening opportunities in the area, and organize local storytelling events. We are currently not meeting, due to time conflicts, but keep informed by email. Contact Email: catherinemackenzie@carolina.rr.com

 

North Carolina Assoc. of Black Storytellers

Contact Beverly Fields Burnettein Raleigh, North Carolina at bb71946@aol.com

 

North Carolina Storytelling Guild (NCSG)

An organization of NC storytellers and storylisteners for the purpose of fostering an appreciation and acceptance of the art of storytelling. We believe in nourishing the development of emerging and established artists. Our members reach across NC and into SC, GA, TN and VA. Contact: Sylvia Payne, 828-465-1564, sylpayne@bellsouth.net, www.ncstoryguild.org

 

StoriesWork

Ever since it's creation over ten years ago, StoriesWork's main goal has been to bring the power and experience of interactive storytelling to as many as possible  We use timeless folktales from around the world in group settings.  Our storytellers guide the group through an interactive discussion on the stories, their themes, characters, and possible outcomes.  Our main motto for our participants is that there are no right or wrong answers; their views on the stories are their views.  We use this to foster empowerment, self-esteem, good decision making, and reflective thinking for all those who take part in our sessions.  We have used our programs with survivors of domestic violence, ex-offenders, the elderly, teenagers and children, corporate offices, residential medical facilities and many others.  We are based out of Durham, North Carolina, and you can contact StoriesWork at storieswork@gmail.com or (919) 321-8969.  Look for us online at www.storieswork.org.

 

The Storytellers Guild of Charlotte, Inc.

We are a non-profit group, organized by Ramona Moore Big Eagle in 1997 to perpetuate the Oral Tradition of Storytelling, encourage and empower aspiring Storytellers as well as professional Storytellers and promote literacy for all through the power of Storytelling. Contact: Ramona Moore Big Eagle, 704-568-6940, bigeagle@bellsouth.net
  

The Storytelling Arts Center of the Southeast (SACS), Laurinburg

The Storytelling & Arts Center  of the Southeast (SACS) in Laurinburg features a variety of storytelling, music and other arts activities throughout the year. The Storytelling Festival of Carolina is held the late March/early April and features nationally acclaimed, award winning storytellers, workshops, children's play place, and a Friday evening Meet the Tellers Gala. The Bold-Faced Liars' Showdown is held the 3rd Saturday in January. The competition attracts storytellers who have 'whopper' tales to share in hopes of being crowned the top Bold-Faced Liar. In October, 2012, SACS is initiating its inaugural afternoon Spooken-Word Ghostly Tell-off and evening Ghastly, Spooky Storytelling Concert and Story Slam. Ladies Afternoon Teas are charming 'ladies' only tea and storytelling events. Children's Summer Camps for young people interested in writing and/or telling stories will be offered. The SACS Book Shop has storytelling books, CDs, and DVDs available of your favorite storytellers as well as instructional materials. Workshops/CEU Credits will offer storytelling workshops to teachers, parents, and students. SACS hosts a Storytelling guild that meets the third Monday of each month. SACS has a Bluegrass jam the third Sunday of every month, and a Jazz Jam the second Saturday of each month. In addition, SACS has gallery shows with renown artists from across the nation. Call SACS if you want a speaker, teller or someone to come and speak about SACS events to your organization. For space for Exhibits, Performances, Banquets, call SACS at 910-277-3599, jan@sfoc.info  or go to www.storyartscenter.org or www.storyarts.info

 

Triad Story Exchange

Founded in 2003, Triad Story Exchange produced NC Storyfest Inc. for six years, drawing over 9,500 people to Central NC. In 2010, we refocused our mission. Rather than one big storytelling festival each year, we bring together storytellers to share stories and ideas, hosting performances and workshops around the Triad. Monthly meetings are on the 3rd Thursday, 7:30 p.m., in the lower level of the Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro. Other events and more info may be found at www.meetup.com/NCStorytelling. New Members and Guests always welcome. Contact: Beth Sheffield, at 336-373-3617, beth.sheffield@greensboro-nc.gov


 


 

North Dakota

 

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Ohio

Alchemy, Inc.

Established as a non-profit organization in 2003 with a mission to assist urban adolescent males to develop a sense of personal purpose in life, while utilizing strategies to successfully function as members of a family, school, community and world-at-large. The concept of Alchemy, Inc. is to create a safe environment and sense of community to assist in the development of urban adolescents through the telling, discussion, and analysis of mythological stories and fairy tales told to the beat of an African drum. Please visit our website at www.alchemyinc.net

 

Frogtown Storytelling Guild

Toledo’s Frogtown Storytelling Guild gathers monthly Sept-June in area branch libraries. Tellabration! is our major production focus each year drawing audiences of 125+. We participate in area storytelling events and gather to share stories and grow in the art of storytelling. Contact: Pat Lora, 419-841-5608 or email mplora@bex.net or Condessa Croninger, 419.262-3212 or email cm.croninger@sev.org. Look for us at http://frogtownstorytellers.googlepages.com/home

 

Greater Cincinnati Storytelling Guild

To maintain the Power of Story. Meets March, July, October, December on the third Thursda, 7:00 p.m. Check the calendar at http://greatparks.org. Provide public programs and forum for tellers. Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve 3455 Poole Road, Cincinnati, OH 45251, 513.385.4811.

 

Ohio Order for the Preservation of Storytelling (O.O.P.S!)

Founded in 1986, O.O.P.S! goals are to perpetuate the art of storytelling, host an annual conference, identify and promote storytellers, and to work as a networking agent for various state storytelling guilds/groups. Contact: Chris King, (216) 991-8428, chris@creativekeys.net, www.OOPStorytelling.org

 

Storytellers of Central Ohio

The Storytellers of Central Ohio were founded in 1998. The group is based out of Columbus, Ohio, but has members in Southern Ohio and West Virginia.   SOCO is integral part of the Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival. It has sponsored events in the Columbus area. SOCO has the largest active storytelling group in the state. Among the 45 members are 2 nationally recognized tellers, Lyn Ford and Kevin Cordi, along with several regional tellers. 10 of its members belong to the “Artist in Schools” in the Greater Columbus Arts Council.  
The group has sponsored storytelling in Ohio. One of its activities is The Columbus Storytelling Adventures. This project gives literacy workshops at homeless shelters and community centers and provides books for the children in these facilities.  SOCO visits local festival with its tent to promote including the Columbus Arts Festival.  SOCO coops to provide a story swap for adults once a month.  It is called “Speak Easy”
To find out more contact: Jim Flanagan, co chairman at Jirish@ohiohills.com or visit SOCO’s Web site www.socotales.org

 

Western Reserve Association for the Preservation & Perpetuation of Storytelling (WRAPPS)

We have approximately 80 members in almost all cultures & walks of life who tell their tales in many venues. We have a great deal of "wonderful" tellers (worth listening to). Contact: Donna Marie Kuczynski, 440-988-2307, dmkstory@erienet.net

 

Voices Across America Youth Storytelling Project

A national, soon to be international, program to interconnect youth storytelling across the country and world. Contact: Kevin D. Cordi, 559-587-0309, kctells@youthstorytelling.com, www.youthstorytelling.com

 


 

Oklahoma

Norman Storytellers

Training, events, and networking for all who enjoy stories in any form. Contact: Marilyn Hudson, normanstorytellers@yahoo.com, www.geocities.com/normanstorytellers/home.html

 

StoryWeavers

This is an informal meeting of students and other interested people. We usually tell Native American stories but we welcome stories from all cultures. Everyone is welcome! Contact: Kristie Ames, 405-360-0878, saloli@ou.edu, http://students.ou.edu/A/Kristie.D.Ames-1/storyweavers.html

 

Tallgrass Tellers

Northeast OK storytellers & listeners group offers training workshops, events, charity fundraisers, and networking. Contact: Fran Stallings, 918-333-7390, fran@franstallings.com

 

Territory Tellers

Statewide association of storytellers and story listeners. Contact: Jeanette Harjo jmharjo@hotmail.com, http://www.territorytellers.org

 

Tulsey Town Yarnspinners

Tulsa Oklahoma local storytelling group, meets the first Monday of the month for storyswaps at Borders Midtown Books. Programs this fall in Sept, Oct and Nov. will be at regional libraries around Tulsa County. Contact: Darla L'Allier, 918-445-0126, okru2001@yahoo.com, www.geocities.com/okru2001/TulseyTownYarnspinners.html

 

Word Weavers

An informal group of tellers and listeners in Southern Oklahoma, who meet irregularly to share stories and information about storytelling. Contact: Valerie Kimble, 405-366-8915, kimblevalerie@yahoo.com

 


 

Oregon

Portland Storytellers Guild
Founded in 1985 Portland Storytellers Guild is one of the older guilds in the Pacific NW.  We exist to support our community of storytellers by advocating for their recognition, encouraging their development and passing on our cultural traditions though the timelessness of stories.  PSG hosts a monthly storytelling concert from Sept to May, two storyswaps with mini workshops, and occasional workshops from national tellers.  www.portlandstorytellers.org

 

Well Arts Institute
Well Arts Institute is an arts-in-health nonprofit that teaches writing workshop for people facing life altering health illnesses, then pair each participant with a professional actor, who performs their stories in monologues and scenes on the stage for the general public.  We have five separate ongoing and annual programs.  Please see our website for more details! Contact: 503-459-4500, info@wellarts.org, www.wellarts.org

 

The Wonderkeepers Storytellers Guild

The Wonderkeepers Storytellers Guild meets every 2nd Sunday of the month (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)  September through June at the Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Ave SE, Albany, Oregon 97322.  A short 15-30 minute business meeting helps bring us together to tell stories, improve telling skills, to listen, and to share resources.  For information contact: Charlotte Norlin at charnor39@q.com  or  Joyce Morgan at joyceg@smt-net.com

 


 

Pennsylvania

 

Keepers of the Culture, Inc.

Philadelphia's Afrocentric Storytelling Guild is an educational, cultural art organization which seeks to perpetuate the African and African-American oral tradition. Contact: Website: www.kotc.org; Voice mailbox 1-888-920-9627; or E-mail: Corresponding Secretary, Caroliese Frink Reed mommasanditales@aol.com

 

Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild

A co-op of area storytellers who support each other and forward the art of storytelling. We produce the StoryFUSION Festival, conduct monthly story swaps, host numerous storytelling events, and air a month radio piece on WDIY (an NPR station.) Contact: Charles Kiernan, 610-417-7749, cjkiernan01@gmail.com, www.lvstorytellers.org.

 

Patchwork: a Storytelling Guild

Philadelphia area group sponsors monthly coaching group and monthly story swap, as well as occasional performances and workshops. Contact: Dennis Strain at dennis.strain09@gmail.com or 215-247-3823, www.patchworkstorytelling.org

 

StorySwap

Monthly meetings (open to all) Tellabration Membership benefits include workshopping groups, performance opportunities, promotion and referal service Contact: Alan Irvine, 412-521-6406, alanirvine@aol.com

 

Storyworks

StoryWorks is a group of both tellers and listeners located in southwestern Pennsylvania. We meet monthly, September through May, at the Murrysville Community Library in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. We preserve, perpetuate, promote and support storytelling. For more information contact Marsha Wong at 724-454-5755. Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/StoryWorks-A-Pittsburgh-Storytelling-Guild/251598241546083?fref=ts.

 


 

Rhode Island

 

LANES

(League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling)
A regional membership organization for the six New England states and New York. Sponsors the annual Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference in late March, and publishes The Museletter. www.lanes.org or director@lanes.org. LANES teller phone - 617-499-9662 to hear a story!

 

Little Rest Storytellers

Storysharing group. Meets 2nd Tuesdays in members' homes for story-swaps and story games. Contact Carolyn Martino for locations and directions. Contact: Carolyn Martino, 401-351-8090, Cmartino13@verizon.net

 

The Rhode Island Storytellers

Meets bi-monthly on first Monday of the month for story swaps and Tellabration production. Contact: Jeanne Donato, (401) 596-0886, Storytelling@aol.com

 


 

South Carolina

Anderson Story Slam

Anderson Story Slam is a story telling organization based in Anderson, SC. Our story telling events are held one Monday a month at McGee’s Irish Pub in Anderson. Our “story slams” feature seven storytellers, each sharing a five minute true story. These true stories are drawn from the storyteller’s personal experiences and are told without notes.  We hope you will find our events to be one part art, one part community building, and lots of fun! For More Information: Marie Wright, info@andersonstoryslam.org, www.andersonstoryslam.org

 

Clemson Area StoryTellers Guild

Clemson Area StoryTellers (CAST) Guild promotes and celebrates the art of Storytelling. The purpose of CAST is the preservation of oral narratives--stories passed down from generation to generation--for families and the community. We also celebrate the performance of stories for all ages, children to adults. We meet the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7 pm, the ARTS Center, Clemson (go tohttp://explorearts.org/cast for directions.)

 

Greenville Storytellers Guild

Greenville Storytellers Guild: Greenville.  Contact Monty Tucker, (864) 232-7571 or (864) 298-0201. Other contact. Eva Marie Lowry, (864) 244-7370. We invite the general public to come and join us at the Pelham Road branch of the Greenville Library System located at 1508 Pelham Road every third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 until 8:00. Come to participate in the joy of telling stories or be a listener. Informal and relaxed setting. All welcome.

 

Salkehatchie Tellers

in Walterboro  Contact: Travis Godley, (843) 909-0076 or e-mail: salktell@yahoo.com or tgodley@aol.com

The Salkehatchie Tellers Guild is dedicated to preserving the oral narratives and methods past down by generations of families within the counties influenced by the Salkehatchie Rivers.  We invite the public to attend our monthly meeting at 6:00pm on the third Thursday of each month at the Colleton County Memorial Library in Walterboro.

 

South Carolina Storytelling Network

Founded in 2001, this South Carolina group is dedicated to increasing the appreciation of storytelling and listening, and the proficiency of South Carolina Storytellers. Publishes an annual directory, quarterly newsletter and sponsors training and storytelling opportunities throughout the year. www.scstorytellingnetwork.org Contact: Linda Stout, (843)884-0116, tellstories@yahoo.com

 

The Stone Soup Storytelling Institute

This non-profit in Woodruff, SC, grew out of the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival.  The Stone Soup Storytelling Festival was created in 1986 and recognized in 1988 by the SC General Assembly as the Official Storytelling Festival of South Carolina.  Founded initially to preserve the oral tradition of storytelling, the board of the Stone Soup Storytelling Institute has expanded its vision to encompass all manners of the arts to tell stories and  to provide support and education for storytelling in the arts.  The annual Stone Soup Storytelling Festival is held in the month of April in Woodruff, SC.  
Contact us at www.stonesoupsc.com.  Follow us on Facebook at Stone Soup Storytelling.  Join us as a member.
Contact: Karyn Page-Davies, P. O. Box 171, Woodruff, SC 29388, 864-969-3330

 

Tellers of Two Cities

A storytelling troupe, formed in 1987, with members from Augusta GA, Aiken SC and nearby towns. The Tellers of Two Cities is a Guild of the South Carolina Storytelling Network and Cluster Group of the Southern Order of Storytellers (GA). Contact: Bob Linsenmayer, 864-391-2130, rlinsenmayer@wctel.net.

 


 

South Dakota

Black Hills Storytellers

A diverse group of people, meeting most months in the Rapid City area to practice stories and prepare group programs. All welcome! Contact: Anne Bodman, 605-347-0004, storytellerAnneB@BHHOA.org

 


 

Tennessee

Cleveland Storytelling Guild

Tellers and listeners from SE TN meet the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Cleveland State Community College in the Student Center Conference Room. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Sylvia Idom, 423-364-8853, info@TNtellers.org, www.TNtellers.org

 

Explorastory of Hendersonville

Mission is to create a storytelling environment within the North East region (Sumner County) of Nashville where stories can be created, performed, and shared with all its citizens. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at Historic Rock Castle Gift Shop from 6:45-8:30 pm.  We openly encourage new and seasoned tellers and listeners to attend our monthly meetings.  The contact person for the group is Patsy Lawson at pflawson@comcast.net or by phone 615-824-2861

 

Harpeth Valley Storytellers

The group meets quarterly with a pot luck and story swap in Franklin, Tennessee. Contact: Susan Ramsay, (615) 591-5708, susramsay@att.net

 

Heart-to-Heart Storytellers

Heart-to-Heart Storytellers (HHS) enjoy telling and listening to stories told from traditional sources and life experiences. The guild is a service outreach organization. Guild members tell stories at a Sumner County elementary school where over 80% of its students are eligible to receive free and reduced lunches. Language arts and critical thinking skills are re-enforced with stories supportive of curriculum objectives. HHS initiated a Wed after school youth storytelling club and a Fri Digital Storytelling Club.
 
HHS members develop their storytelling craft by telling at guild meetings, receiving optional coaching and participating in workshops. HHS promotes the oral tradition within Sumner County and the Nashville community through entertainment provided at nursing homes, senior groups and civic organizations. Requests for story devotionals are honored. Story listeners and guest storytellers are welcomed at our monthly meetings the 2nd Tuesday, 1 pm –2:30 pm at the Hendersonville Public Library, 140 Saundersville Rd., Hendersonville. 615-824-0656. We meet in Room D on the 2nd floor library. Elevator available. Contact: Jane G. Marshall, 615-264-4772 or jngmarshall@comcast.net . http://hendersonvilleheart2heartweb.com/. HHS is an Affiliate of NSN.
 

Jonesborough Storytellers Guild

Telling stories on a weekly basis since its formation in 1994, the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild (JSG) meets at the Creekside Restaurant next to the old Washington County Courthouse in downtown Jonesborough every Tuesday evening from 7-8:30 pm (except the week of Christmas and New Year's day).  We are honored that most Tuesday evenings, nationally renown storytellers join us at the Creekside to tell a story. We are very active in the community, conducting storytelling workshops and holding special performances a number of times during the year. In addition, JSG hosts the Swapping Grounds at the International Storytelling Festival in the tent above the food court (Sign up at the Christopher Taylor Cabin). See us on Facebook, visit our website: www.storytellersguild.org, email us at info@storytellersguild.org, or contact Saundra Kelley 423-946-9359.

 

Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association

Spinning Tales in and around Knoxville, TN since 1994 Contact: Janice Brooks-Headrick, (1-865-429-1783 or cuznjan@juno.com.) SMSA holds three Tellabration programs annually, sponsors Storytelling in Schools, and Workshops in Oral History and Storytelling. SMSA goals are to promote the art of storytelling in central East Tennessee, raise public awareness of storytellers as professional artists, and help storytellers improve their skills. SMSA members can do programs for your group, give workshops for new or experienced tellers, teach teachers, or organize a festival. Some are teachers, specializing in children, BUT we vigorously affirm that stories are for adults, too: entertaining, instructive, healing and downright fun! Most of us are eclectic. Contact information for members at www.smokymountaintellers.org

 

Volunteer State Tellers (VST)

The Tennessee state storytelling organization, the Volunteer State Tellers (VST), has a mission to promote the art of storytellingthrough support of Tennessee storytellers and story listeners. Our goals are to preserve Tennessee's rich oral heritage, to foster alliances among members and guilds, and to serve our communities through events that promote storytelling.  Sat., November 2nd, 2013 VST is sponsoring a Tellebration at the Green Hills Public Library, 3701 Benham Ave., Nashville, TN 37215, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm for adults and students age twelve and above. Information: Jane 615-264-4772 or Shelley 615-665-1784. www.volunteerstatetellers.org.

 

Yarnspinners of Memphis

Yarnspinners is a Memphis area storytelling guild, consisting of beginning and experienced storytellers and story appreciators. We meet the third Thursday evening of the month at the Central Library, 3030
Poplar Avenue, at 6:00p.m. to perform, practice, discuss issues related to storytelling, and plan events. Contact: Luna Dara Kelondra, 901-487-8041, or at morserider@yahoo.com

 


 

Texas


Texas

 

Central Texas Storytelling Guild
Meets at  7:00 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Barnes & Noble in Westlake, 701 South Capitol of Texas  Highway at Bee Cave Road, Westlake Hills, TX.  Contact Betty Berkey at 512-892-2296 or hberkey@austin.rr.com or check out their Web site at www.centraltexastellers.org.

 

Dallas Storytelling Guild
Holds its Story Circle from 7-9 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (we take a break in July).  Story listeners and storytellers of all ages and abilities are invited!  We meet at The Point located on the campus of C.C. Young, 4847 W. Lawther Drive, Dallas 75214.  Please visit our website for more details and contact information:  www.dallasstorytelling.org. The Dallas and Ft. Worth guilds host a “competitive” Tellabration season event between the two guilds called “The Throwdown in Cowtown.”

 

East Texas Storytellers
Serving the Tyler, Henderson, Kilgore, Holly Lake area.  Meets as the need arises and works together to perpetuate storytelling in East Texas , especially at the Syrup Festival in Henderson in November, and our new endeavor of Azalea Tales in conjunction with the Tyler Azalea Trails and featuring a Liar's Contest on April Fools Day. Contact Dru Woods, 903-769-0702 or druwoods@yahoo.com

 

George West Storyfest Association, Inc.
George West Storyfest Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that produces the George West Storyfest on the first Saturday in November in George West, TX, the Storytelling Capital of Texas.  It is also home to the Texas State Liars’ Contest ©.  We celebrate storytelling in a multitude of genres at this family-oriented, outdoor festival.  Contact Executive Director Mary Margaret Campbell at info@georgeweststoryfest.org or by phone at (888) 600-3121.  www.georgeweststoryfest.org 

 

Heart of Texas Storytelling Guild
This Waco-area guild mets on the fourth Saturday of each month at the South Branch Library, 2737 South 18th Street. Check out the Heart of Texas Storytelling Guild Facebook Page for current events!

 

Heart of Texas Youth Storytelling Guild
Waco-area youth storytellers meet at the Waco-McLennan Library, 2737 South 185h Street, Waco, TX. This youth affiliate guild offers a storytelling workshop for youth each summer.

 

Houston Storytellers Guild
The Houston Storytellers Guild has monthly Story Swaps on the 3rd Thursdays, 6:30-8pm at the University Branch Library, 4010 University Blvd, U of H Campus, Houston Texas.  The Guild also holds a variety of annual events; Liars' Contest in April, Skyline Screamers - Spooky Tales in October and Tellabration in November. Other concerts and workshops are periodically scheduled.  See our website for updates:  www.HoustonStorytellers.org or call Phone Liaison - Sally Goodroe 713-643-8478

 

Frisco Public Library
The library hosts an annual “Lone Star Storytelling Festival” with concerts and master classes in October. Check it out at www.lonestarstories.org

 

Mesquite Storytellers of Abilene
The Mesquite Storytellers of Abilene meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month except December at the ACU Art Gallery, 1133 N. 2nd St. Abilene, TX.  Contact Abbie Randolph 325-794-4463 or abbie.randolph@yahoo.com.  Everyone welcome!

 

Midland ISD
This far west Texas school district holds a storytelling festival for the school and community each year on the first weekend in December, bringing in nine nationally recognized storytellers. www.makingmemoriesmidland.com

 

North 40 Storytelling Guild
Serving Far North Dallas, Richardson, Plano, McKinney and surrounding communities.  Meets at 7 pm on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th Street (near Custer) in Plano. See www.north40storytellers.com or contact: Gwen Caldwell at gwen@gwencaldwell.com.

 

San Antonio Storytellers Association
Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Brookhollw Branch Library, 530 Heimer Road, San Antonio. As a group we perform at local civic events at the zoo, museums, and festivals and produced a Tellabration! most years.  Contact Mary Grace Ketner, 210-887-0628 or mgk@talesandlegends.net or check out our Facebook page or our Web site: sanantoniostorytellers.org.

 

Storytellers of the High Plains
Storytellers of the High Plains, based in Amarillo/Canyon Texas meets on the second monday of each month, September through May, at the Southwest Public Library, 6801 SW 45th, Amarillo, Tx. Contact Trudy Hanson at 806-655-0675 or thanson@mail.wtamu.edu

 

Tarrant Area Guild of Storytellers (TAGS)
This Fort Worth area guild meets the 3rd Monday of each month except December at Barnes and Noble near the Northeast Mall off Pipeline Road in North Richland Hills, TX. (Hwy. 183 at 820). Contact Jaye McLaughlin at 817-320-5046 or tagstory@yahoo.com. The Dallas and Ft. Worth guilds host a “competitive” Tellabration season event between the two guilds called “The Throwdown in Cowtown.”

 

Tejas Storytelling Association
Tejas Storytelling Association is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit Corporation, a membership organization dedicated to fostering the appreciation of storytelling as an oral tradition, a performing art, and an educational tool. Tejas sponsors the Texas Storytelling Festival in Denton on the second weekend in March, Denton’s “Scare on the Square” in October, and a summer conference which moves to a different Texas location each year.  www.tejasstorytelling.com.  The organization produces a newsletter six times a year and presents awards to outstanding storytellers, volunteers, educators and “Trailblazers.”  TSA is the Texas Affiliate of NSN.

 

University of Texas at San Antonio
UTSA hosts an annual storytelling festival targeting the needs of its pre-service educators on the first Saturday in March. All workshops, concerts, and the keynote address are open to the public at no charge. email miriam.martinez@utsa.edu.

 

Weatherford Storytellers Guild
Meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month, 2-3 pm, at the Weatherford Public Library. Contact Michael Anderson at 817.596.0550 or biotuner@aol.com

 


 

Utah

Cache Valley Chapter of the Utah Storytelling Guild

The Guild meets at 7 pm, on the first Tuesday of each month in the Special Archives Room in Logan Library. Our mission is to promote the art of storytelling in Cache Valley. We provide our tellers coaching & venues to perform & teach through special events & in programs within our school systems. Contact: Ho Williams, ho.williams@usu.edu, www.utahstorytellingguild.org

 

Utah Storytelling Guild

With 120+ dues-paying members and several more story appreciators, chapters span the state in an ever-celebration of story since 1991. Even youth have their own monthly gatherings every September-May, thus reflecting the demand of nine school districts actively involved with the art.  We sponsor a Utah storytelling events email list.  Send requests to usgmemo@gmail.com.  You can also discover the website at www.utstoryguild.org, follow us on Twitter (utstoryguild), and join our Facebook page.

 

Timp Tellers

A chapter of the Utah Storytelling Guild. Timp Tellers meet the first Thursday of every month at the Orem Library, downstairs in the media auditorium. For more information contact Wendy Gourley at 801 492-3553 or at storywings@msn.com

 


 

Virginia

Shenandoah Storytelling Guild

Purpose is to promote storytelling to adults, to foster new tellers, and to find new venues for storytelling. Meet 2nd Wed. of month at Blue Mountain Coffees, 6:30, Staunton, VA. Contact: Susan Clark, (540)248-0228, sbclark@ntelos.net

 

The Tell Tale Hearts: Richmond's Storyteller's Theater Group

Presents four-six concerts a year at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Hosts a monthly open-mic night at a local bookstore. Publishes a quarterly newsletter. Members available for individual and group events, workshops and other storytelling opportunities. Has hosted three Tellebration Events since 2000. Contact: Les Schaffer, 804 560-5567, Judith Onesty at: vasanews@hotmail.com

 

Tidewater Storytelling Guild

Meets on the first Saturday of the month at a local cafe. There is a featured teller, desserts, and then an open mike for the brave of heart. It is a delightful group. Contact: Norris Spencer, 757-428-8501, tellspence@cs.com

 

Virginia Storytelling Alliance (VASA)

VASA connects, supports, and exchanges information among storytellers in the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States of America. VASA is a non-profit organization which welcomes professionals, hobbyists, and those interested in storytelling whether or not you currently perform publicly. Contact: Donna Will will2@va.metrocast.net   804-815-2736  web page:  vastorytelling.org

 

Voices in the Glen

Voices-in-the-Glen is a non-profit organization for lovers of storytelling in the Washington D.C. area that seeks to promote the art of storytelling and the enjoyment of stories. Contact Gary Lloyd at garytells@comcast.net or phone 302-645-0650, www.voicesintheglen.org

 


 

Vermont

LANES

(League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling)
A regional membership organization for the six New England states and New York. Sponsors the annual Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference in late March, and publishes The Museletter. www.lanes.org or director@lanes.org. LANES teller phone - 617-499-9662 to hear a story!

 


 

Washington

Bellingham Storytellers Guild

Contact: Lyn Spangler and Doug Banner, 360-714-9631, bhamstoryguild@comcast.net

 

Fidalgo Storytellers

Amateur group promoting storytelling, volunteering stories for many types of events, private functions, fund raising events, children's libraries, schools, nursing homes, etc. Meeting first Saturday of each month 10 Am - Noon, in the large meeting room of the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes, WA 98221 Library phone: 360 293 1910. Contact: Jeane Smith, 350 299-9584, rjeane@fidalgo.net

 

Mt. Tahoma Storytelling Guild

The Mt. Tahoma Storytelling Guild is a group of tellers dedicated to telling, teaching and sharing the joy of telling stories. We meet the last Friday of each month (Not December) at the Nature Center in Tacoma at the corner of Stevens and S. 19th. Open to tellers and listeners alike. Contact: Karen Drum, (253) 983-9114, karendrum@hotmail.com

 

Seattle Storytellers Guild

The Guild promotes public awareness of storytelling, traditional and modern as an art form. The Guild also supports storytelling performances and the artistic and professional development of storytellers. It serves as an information resource regarding storytelling and as a contact point for networking among storytellers and with related organizations. Contact: Cynthia Westby, cynthia@cynthiawestby.com, www.seattlestorytelling.org

 

South Sound Storytellers Guild

We meet the second and last Wednesdays of every month (September through June) at the Mud Bay Coffee Company, Cooper Point Rd, Olympia,WA from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The last Wednesday is an open mike public Story Swap. Everyone welcome. For more information contact Randi Moe, rmoe@2000@comcast.net or Rebecca Hom, rebhom@reachone.com

 

The Story People of Port Angeles

A regional organization sponsoring monthly gatherings, workshops, concerts and an annual Festival. Contact: Josephine Pedersen, 360-457-3169, patpeterson@attbi.com

 


 

Wisconsin

Bluff Country Talespinners

BCTS meets the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Serving the tri-state area (WI,MN,IA) since 1999, we welcome both tellers and listeners. Bring your new stories, your old stories, the ones you are working on or just your storytelling ears. The BCTS is also the host of the La Crosse Storytelling Festival, the only storytelling festival in Wisconsin, www.lacrossestoryfest.com. Contacts are: Teri Wachuta, wachutateri@yahoo.com Terry Visger, talesbyterry@aol.com, Sara Slayton, sara.slayton@gmail.com

 

The Lake Country Storyteller's Guild
The Lake Country Storyteller's Guild meets at 6:30 p.m. on the 4th Monday of each month in the Hartland Public Library program room. Participants practice telling prepared or impromptu tales, provide constructive feedback, and share ideas in a casual, friendly setting. Storytelling concerts are scheduled for the public at the Hartland Library and other settings. Contact: Janet Jensen at 262.367.3350 or jjensen@hartland.lib.wi.us.


Madison Storytellers' Guild
The Madison Storytelling Guild explores and promotes storytelling in the Madison area and beyond. Contact: Karen Wendt for information at karen@mononalibrary.org or (608-333-7008).

 

M.A.S.T. (Milwaukee Area Story Tellers)

M.A.S.T. is a gathering of people interested in reviving the folk art of storytelling. Since 1985 we have met to swap tales, share story news, and encourage the development of storytelling in the ancient tradition of a guild. M.A.S.T has also produced TELLABRATION since 1990 and sponsors other storytelling events. Join us as we pass the story stick—come and tell, or come and listen! M.A.S.T. meets every third Friday of the month at 7:00pm at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Contact: Jean-Andrew Dickmann, (414) 962-4425, jean-andrew@storylore.net or Ruth Raczka (414) 384-8129

 

Northlands Storytelling Network

A charitable and educational organization in the Upper Midwest dedicated to encouraging and expanding storytelling in ways that allow all people to understand and share the benefits of this art. Annual Conference in Lake Geneva, WI the fourth weekend in April. Contact: Karen Wollscheid, Executive Director. 815-344-6435 info@northlands.net www.northlands.net

 


 

West Virginia

West Virginia Storytelling Guild

The West Virginia Storytelling Guild is made up of individuals that all have one thing in common- the love of storytelling. The members of the Guild are as different as the kinds of stories that they enjoy. The membership includes professional storytellers, as well as those just getting started, and even some very enthusiastic listeners. Website: www.wvstorytellers.org or President Jason Burns: 304-685-5627, mountainword@hotmail.com

 


 

Wyoming

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