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This week’s teller in residence: Connie Regan-Blake

ISC Remembers Michael Cotter

What We Bring

What We Bring

The Other Big-Top Tents

The Other Big-Top Tents

Krystal Hawkins

Jonesborough welcomes John McCutcheon

Saving Lives Through Story

What to Do with Your Digital Photos

What to Do with Your Digital Photos

Saving Lives Through Story

Scott Whitehair

Carolina Quiroga-Stultz

Madeline L Pots

Joe Penland

Cooper Braun

Wayne Harris

Scott Whitehair

Carolina Quiroga-Stultz

Madeline L Pots

Joe Penland

Wayne Harris

Cooper Braun

Festival Workshop presented by Connie Regan- Blake - Thursday, October 5th

    A Pre-Festival Workshop presented by Connie Regan-Blake

    Thursday, October 5 - 9:30 A.M. to 5 P.M. • Lunch break on your own Fee $125
    Class size is limited. Register early.
    Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall

    Finding the Storyteller in You
    Tap into your innate capacity as a storyteller in this powerful (and fun!) workshop. You’ll learn how to develop your storytelling skills, work with old memories, connect with listeners, and speak with real confidence. Useful in corporate settings, amongst family and friends, or on the stage, the skills you’ll learn in this workshop are geared towards writers, teachers, professionals, parents, tellers, ministers, or anyone who’s curious about storytelling.

    One of America’s most celebrated storytellers and workshop leaders, Connie has been recognized with the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence, Distinguished Service, and Lifetime Achievement storytelling awards.

    For reservations or information call 800-952-8392 or Buy Now!

    Visit Connie’s website.

    *Photo by Jay Huron

    Festival Workshop presented by Antonio Rocha - Thursday, October 5th

      A Pre-Festival Workshop presented by Antonio Rocha

      Thursday, October 5 - 9 A.M. to 12 P.M. •  Fee $75
      Class size is limited. Register early.
      Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall

      Hidden Gems: Mastering Transitions in Storytelling
      Transitions—the moments in a story where we shift between one thought and the next—are hidden gems tucked away in a story well told. Whether you’re your family’s unofficial historian or a professional teller, learning to master these moments will give your stories extra polish and finesse. This workshop will teach you how to identify and develop the transitions within your stories by practicing techniques with voice and body language.

      Antonio is a award-winning storyteller who holds a Summa Cum Laude BA in Theatre and who has studied with masters of mime Tony Montanaro and Marcel Marceau. He has performed his unique blend of storytelling and mime in 16 countries on six continents

      For reservations or information call 800-952-8392 or Buy Now!

      Visit Antonio’s website.

      Mark Yourself Safe

      Stories in Motion: The Sound of Silence

      Festival Workshop presented by Minton Sparks - Thursday, October 5th

      Minton Sparks

        A Pre-Festival Workshop presented by Minton Sparks

        Thursday, October 5 - 2 P.M. to 5 P.M. •  Fee $75
        Class size is limited. Register early.
        Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall

        Who We Are: A Story-Writing Workshop
        Back by popular demand! Each one of us has a story about who we are. Some stories are wildly inspiring; other times, they are the very things that hold us back. This writing workshop offers a unique opportunity to explore your family tree, listen deeply to your own story, and locate yourself within a particular time and place – all while learning new storytelling techniques. No writing experience necessary.

        A poet, storyteller, educator and writer, Minton has performed everywhere from New York City’s Lincoln Center to the Grand Ole Opry. She is also the founder of the Nashville Writer and Performance Institute.

        For reservations or information call 800-952-8392 or Buy Now!

        Visit Minton’s website.

        Stories in Motion: The Sound of Silence

        Mark Yourself Safe

        Derek Burrows

        Derek Burrows

        Storytelling Live! Sponsors

        Storytelling Live! is supported by the following Sponsors.

        Mountain States Health AllianceMountain States’ Heart & Soul programCitiEastman Credit UnionEast Tennessee FoundationFood CityFoster SignsNational Endowment for the ArtsNiswonger FoundationTennessee Arts CommissionNews 5 WCYBFOX Tri-CitiesTri-Cities CWJohnson City PressKingsport Times NewsHerald & TribuneCumulus Media

        2017 Story Slam

        National Storytelling Festival 2017

        Humanitarian of the Year: Scott Niswonger

        Stories in Motion: Making History Talk

        Stories in Motion: Making History Talk

        Humanitarian of the Year: Scott Niswonger

        Linda Goodman

        Andy Offutt Irwin

        Sheila Kay Adams

        Willy Claflin

        Willy Claflin

        Bil Lepp

        Bil Lepp

        Vicki Juditz

        Vicki Juditz

        Ben Haggarty - International Teller

        Ben Haggarty

        Anne Shimojima - New Voice

        Oba William King - New Voice

        Pre-Festival Concert featuring Donald Davis - Wednesday, October 4th

          A Pre-Festival Event featuring Donald Davis

          Wednesday, October 4 - 7:30 P.M.
          Library Tent on the Festival Grounds

          Separate ticket required, $20 all ages.  For tickets or information call 800-952-8392 or Buy Now!

          For other ticket options to Donald’s Tellers-in-Residence week.

          Visit Donald’s website.

          *photo by Jay Huron

          Evening Concert Featuring Kim Weitkamp

          Evening Concert Featuring Donald Davis

          Evening Concert Featuring Michael Reno Harrell

          Evening Concert Featuring Bill Harley

          Evening Concert Featuring Bil Lepp

          Storytelling Workshop presented by Donna Washington

          Performance/Workshop presented by Judith Black

          Storytelling Workshop presented by Geraldine Buckley

          Children’s Concert with David Novak

          Children’s Concert with Andy Offutt Irwin

          Children’s Concert with Leeny Del Seamonds

          Field Report: Lyrics & Lore

          Stories of Pretend Meals

          Field Report: Lyrics & Lore

          Stories of Pretend Meals

          Stories Can Shine a Light on Slavery.

          Tellers in Residence 2017

          Help safeguard the arts through action.

          In Pursuit of the Creative Life

          Jeanne Robertson

          Donna Washington

          Donna Washington

          David Novak

          Ingrid Nixon

          Joe Herrington

          Sam Payne

          Storytelling Center Director worried Federal Arts Funding Cuts could hurt Rural Communities

          Carmen Deedy

          The Story of the Seal

          ISC Unveils Storytelling Seal of Excellence Program

          Our Year in Review

          An Exciting Cap on a Milestone Year

          Josh Goforth - New Voice

          Every Meal is a Story

          Every Meal is a Story

          ISC’s Kiran Sirah to be Key Contributor at National Endowment for the Arts’ 50th Anniversary

          Tennessee Arts Commision continues Gift-A-Tag Campaign

          The Uncalled for Trio Tour 2016: Unwrapped

          Tim Lowry in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

          Lyrics & Lore

          What’s Your First Memory

          2016 National Storytelling Festival Schedule Now Available

          Stories in Motion: Meet the Tin Man

          Stopping Through Selma

          Stopping Through Selma

          Stories in Motion: Meet the Tin Man