Building a Better World
- 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."
“From all over America,
people came to Jonesborough
just to hear stories. ”
- New York Times
“…where thousands of the faithful
gather to take part in one of
humankind's most satisfying rites. ”
- Los Angeles Times
“For what New Orleans is to jazz. . .
Jonesborough is to storytelling. ”
- 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. ”
- U.S. News and World Report
“The old-fashioned art of storytelling
has become a 21st century sensation. ”
"Building a Better World Through Stories."
Storytelling Festival 2020
Join us online for the 2020 National Storytelling Festival for an all-new digital experience. Enjoy 20+ hours of storytelling at your leisure during the event or for up to 7 days after the event. The Storytelling Festival takes place October 1-3.
Join inspirational instrumentalist and storyteller, Reverend Robert Jones, Sr., as he brings to life true tales from the Underground Railroad. This session is part of an ISC initiative called “Freedom Stories: Unearthing the African-American Heritage of Appalachia,” a project that explores the history of African American Appalachian-led movements, contributions, and culture which shaped a distinct and uniquely American storytelling tradition. The event and Q & A will take place via Facebook Live on October 1 from 1-2:30pm EST on ISC’s Facebook timeline. Visit the Freedom Stories page for more info and panelist bios.
Our physical location is temporarily closed until further notice. The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority. While closed, our mission of improving lives through storytelling endures, and we are working on digital performances, interviews, educational content, and other programs. Visit our Stories page, listen to our StoryVault podcast, watch our You Tube videos from past festivals, and continue to tune in.
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.