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Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort

The International Storytelling Center (ISC) and Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort have joined forces to highlight the art of storytelling.  The new resort is committed to maintaining and building new multigenerational storytelling traditions. The partnership leverages ISC’s expertise in planning, designing and using storytelling to assist with training, performances and other special activities that incorporate the art of storytelling into the DreamMore Resort experience.

The ISC To-Do List: National Storytelling Festival Edition

Adventures in Education

Meet Steve Killelea

ISC Remembers Roslyn

Summer Interns Hard at Work

Download the Official ISC App

An Interview about the Power of Storytelling

The Transformative Power of Storytelling

ISC Library Named for Jim and Sonia King

International Nelson Mandela Day

ISC Exhibit App

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    Get it on Google Play

    Download the International Storytelling Center app for access to information on Storytelling for Peace, the Power of Storytelling and the National Storytelling Festival. Save your favorite story, to enjoy offline and share via email, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+

    You can preview the app below, or plan your visit to ISC by taking the Virtual Tour or visit the Google Cultural Institute.

    Storytelling for Peace
    What do the latest summer blockbuster movie, a captivating third grade teacher, a doctor with a gracious bedside manner, and a successful peace negotiator all have in common? They all help to build a better life, a better world through the power of storytelling. Whether to entertain, educate, heal, or resolve conflict, stories are the most fundamental way that we connect. 

    The Power of Storytelling
    Established as a non-profit educational and cultural institution ISC produces over 300 hours of live performances, engages 65 world-class professional storytellers, touches thousands of lives each year and fosters storytelling programs across the global stage, fulfilling its vision to build a better life and a better world through the power of storytelling. 

    National Storytelling Festival
    Many years ago, in a distant kingdom known as America, 60 people gathered in a tiny town in Tennessee to indulge in a simple, but nearly forgotten, tradition: storytelling. From those humble beginnings, a storytelling revival was born. Nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Jonesborough, the storytelling capital of the world, The International Storytelling Center continues to produce the oldest and most prestigious event in the world devoted exclusively to arts of storytelling; The National Storytelling Festival.

    Will McInerney

    Rixon Lane

    R. Jim Stahl

    Oba William King

    Anne Rutherford

    Natalie Daise

    R. Jim Stahl

    Anne Rutherford

    Oba William King

    Will McInerney

    Rixon Lane

    Natalie Daise

    Stories That Are Changing the World: A Report from Brazil

    Peace be with you, through storytelling

    National Storytelling Festival Named Top Tourist Attraction

    Introducing ISC’s Youngest Volunteer

    Brain injury survivors are storytelling their way to recovery

    This week’s teller in residence: Kate Campbell

    Becky Harrell

    Pre-Festival Concert featuring Donald Davis

    Donald Davis

      A Pre-Festival Event featuring Donald Davis

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

      It Happened in Church…But We All Survived
      Hear Donald’s stories of growing up in a family addicted Methodism! Featured at festival through the U.S. and world, Davis is know as a prolific author and recording artisit.

      Separate ticket required, $15 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 Fresh Air Photo

      Festival Workshop presented by Minton Sparks

      Minton Sparks

        A Pre-Festival Workshop presented by Minton Sparks

        Thursday, October 1 - 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. •  Fee $75
        Class size is limited. Register early.
        Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall

        Burn Through Your Story: A Writing Workshop
        Each one of us a story about who we are. Through this writing workshop, Minton, founder of the Nashville Writing and Performance Institute, 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.

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

        Visit Minton’s website.

        Pre-Festival Concert featuring Jeanne Robertson

        Jeanne Robertson

          Sponsored by Carnegie Hotel

          A Pre-Festival Concert Featuring Jeanne Robertson

          Thursday, October 1 - 7:30 P.M.
          Library Tent on the Festival Grounds
          Separate ticket required, $20 all ages.  Buy Now!

          A nationally-known, award winning humorist and author, Jeanne has been featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes, performed at the White House, and can be heard daily on Sirius XM Radio, where millions nationwide hear her speak two lanugages fluently: English — and Southern!

          For tickets or more information call 800-952-8392 or click here to buy online

          Visit Jeanne’s website.

          The evolution of storytelling in WNC

          This week’s teller in residence: Pipp Gillette

          This week’s teller in residence: Andy Offutt Irwin

          In Memoriam, Syd Lieberman

          Storytelling Live! Spotlight: Andy Offutt Irwin

          ISC to attend White House Summit

          This week’s teller in residence: Elizabeth Ellis

          Storytelling for Peace

          ISC Remembers Syd Lieberman

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

          ISC Remembers Guy Hughes Carawan

          Meet the Tellers

          Dreaming Big with Dolly Parton

          Meet Jan Magee

          It’s National Tell a Story Day!

          Tennessee Arts Commision launches new Gift-A-Tag Campaign

          Dill Pickers

          Megan Hicks

          Antonio Rocha

          National Storytelling Festival 2015


          Andy Offutt Irwin

          Beth Horner

          Noa Baum - New Voice

          Noa Baum

          Jan Blake

          Jan Blake

          Adam Booth - New Voice

          Peter Cook

          Peter Cook

          Doug Elliott

          Donald Davis

          Doug Elliott

          Beth Horner

          Andy Offutt Irwin

          Sheila Arnold Jones - New Voice

          Susan Klein

          Susan Klein

          Bil Lepp

          Jay O’Callahan

          Mats Rehnman - International New Voice

          Mats Rehnman

          Kim Weitkamp

          Don White - New Voice

          Don White

          Evening Concert Featuring Tim Lowry

          Storytelling Workshop presented by Tom Lee

          Storytelling Workshop presented by Regi Carpenter

          2015 Civility Week - April 19-24 “Be Different, Be One”

          Donald Davis Gives TEDx Talk

          Tellers in Residence 2015

          Festival Preregistration discount period ends March 31

          Celebrate World Storytelling Day

          ISC Hires New Center Coordinator

          Creativity and Conflict Resolution

          Kim Weitkamp

          Children’s Concert with Angela Lloyd

          Children’s Concert with Won-Ldy Paye

          Children’s Concert with Andy Offutt Irwin

          Evening Concert Featuring Kim Weitkamp

          John McCutcheon to Appear in Special Concert on March 27th

          ISC Launches Storytelling Toolkit

          Meet Melani Douglass

          Standing Still

          Jessica Hartley

          Sharon Morgan