Building a Better World
Through Stories.

“Building a Better World Through Stories.”

- Boston Globe

"The small audience hangs on every word,
sound, and gesture of the storyteller on stage.
Under her spell, we wait, gasp, and exhale as one."

"Building a Better World Through Stories."

- Smithsonian

“From all over America,
people came to Jonesborough
just to hear stories. ”

"Building a Better World Through Stories."

- New York Times

“…where thousands of the faithful
gather to take part in one of
humankind's most satisfying rites. ”

"Building a Better World Through Stories."

- Los Angeles Times

“For what New Orleans is to jazz. . .
Jonesborough is to storytelling. ”

"Building a Better World Through Stories."

- The Boston Globe

“[Lepp] goes for the funny bone.
He stuffs his hands in his pockets
and leans back as he nonchalantly
lets drop the zinger to his tale. ”

"Building a Better World Through Stories."

- U.S. News and World Report

“The old-fashioned art of storytelling
has become a 21st century sensation. ”

"Building a Better World Through Stories."

We believe in a better life, a better world, through the power of storytelling.  

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The International Storytelling Center (ISC) is located in the heart of downtown Jonesborough. The ISC campus consists of the historic Chester Inn, the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall, the ISC gift shop, and the Jimmy Neil Smith Storytelling Park.

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