Information about Storytelling & other Groups:
Boston Area Monthly Potluck & StorySwap...
This is one of the oldest Storytelling communities in the
Country. It grew out of a storytelling event held on the Cambridge Common
back in the summer of 1976, as part of the Bicentennial. Attendees had such
a good time, they went out for dinner afterwards, and agreed to keep meeting
on a monthly basis. Every month, usually on the first Sunday, the group meets
at the home of a volunteer host somewhere in
the Boston area. After a hearty potluck dinner, the chairs are put in a circle,
and the Storytelling begins. Depending on the attendance, the time limit varies,
but it's usually at least 10 - 12 minutes. It is a warm, supportive environment
for Tellers of all abilities, and feedback is by request only. For more
information, or to get on the mailing list, contact
Conn. Storytelling Center...
The Connecticut Storytelling Center's mission is to promote both the living
art of, and the use of, storytelling throughout a diverse society. The
CSC produces the annual
Festival, as well as numerous
and also sponsors a network of monthly Story Sharing Groups throughout
Connecticut. In addition, the CSC maintains the
of Storytellers; offers pre-, in-, and after-school programs; and provides
training for storytellers who work in schools.
Massmouth, which runs an annual series of well-attended MouthOffs and Story Slams, is working hard to popularize Storytelling in the present day.
Massmouth, "Promoting the timeless art of Storytelling in the 21st Century."
The mission of NorthEast Storytelling (formerly L.A.N.E.S.) is "To provide education, advocacy,
opportunities, and support to storytellers, story listeners, and story lovers
throughout the Northeast." NEST's primary area of focus is New England, New York,
and New Jersey, but people from around the world are members and active
participants. NEST provides venues and opportunities for people from all walks
of life to listen and to tell stories, and sponsors
Sharing The Fire, the annual NorthEast Storytelling Conference.
The NEST website has numerous features, including Event Listings
and a Member's Directory.
Rhode Island Black Storytellers is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the awareness, appreciation, and application of Black Storytelling
in Rhode Island and surrounding areas through performance, as well as educational and cultural experiences. Every January, RIBS presents
FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling,
a week-long event that runs from the Martin Luther King Monday Holiday through to the following Sunday.
Mass-Story.Com/SouthShore Story Slams...
SouthShore runs Story Slams at Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain, and on Boston's South Shore. In addition, their website Mass-Story.Com lets Members publicize Storytelling events throughout Eastern Massachusetts.
Maine Organization of Storytelling Enthusiasts...
Provides community and support for Storytellers
trapped behind the raging currents of the mighty Piscataqua. Their "Maine"
event is a Monthly Storytelling / Spoken Word Open
Mic for Grownups in Portland, held on the 2nd Wednesday, at the
Portland Public Library's Rines Auditorium. For more information on their
activities, events, and membership, call them, call them by name, at
MOOSE. In the Portland
area? Come to the Open Mic, and tell your 10 minute (or shorter) story!
New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance...
"Where Story Bridges Community", is dedicated to nurturing family, community, and professional storytelling throughout New Hampshire.
The NHSA produces numerous events during the year, including the Dawnland Storyfest, the
Granite State Story Swap, the White
Mountain Storytelling Festival, and a Tellabration.
The National Storytelling Network
serves individuals and organizations that use the power of storytelling
in all of its forms. Annual Oracle Awards honor excellence in the
art of Storytelling. The National Storytelling Conference offers opportunities
for training, networking, and performance. Nationwide outreach is extended
by NSNís on-line calendar of events, and by State Liaisons.
Performers and Artist/Educators can be located by prospective employers
in their Teller Directory. NSN also sponsors the Storytell Discussion List,
an email forum for discussion about Storytelling, as well as Tellabration!™, the
World-Wide Night of Storytelling.