to Connect with Storytelling and Storytellers
I have always
been a storyteller! When, at the age of six, I told my parents that I
planned to be a storyteller when I grew up they told me a
different story. It wasnt until 1988 when I was creating and telling
my stories at my Toastmasters club meetings and at work that I discovered
that there are professional storytellers making a living at what they
love doing. There are also storytelling groups, guilds, organizations,
festivals, concerts, e-mail lists, and people who tell stories just for
fun. How can you get connected?
Become a member of NSN. The National Storytelling Network (NSN) is a membership organization whose mission is: Bringing together and nurturing individuals and organizations that use the power of storytelling in all its forms. Benefits of being a member include:
Join a group in your area or state. Once you start checking out the links on this site, you will find groups of storytellers everywhere. By becoming involved with one or more groups/guilds/clubs you will have a chance to listen to other storytellers, tell to other storytellers, be included in local storytelling events, get feedback, encouragement, recommendations, and make friends with an incredible group of fun-loving people. It will open a whole new vista for you.
Join the storytelling listserv. Hundreds of storytellers belong to this e-mail listserv, so my warning is not to become overwhelmed by the number of messages daily. When I fist joined, I felt I needed to read every message. Now, before opening and reading, I delete those messages with subject matter I am not interested in (I have learned plenty!). I also have learned the addresses of my favorite tellers, so I usually read their e-mails. Otherwise, one can spend hours reading. To find out how to subscribe to this list visit The Storytelling FAQ. You will also find answers to many storytelling questions, from what it is, how to do it, to more sophisticated questions and answers for the advanced storyteller.
Make the decision to get connected. You will be glad you did!
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