Story Now Interview: Artem Mushin-Makedonskiy – Moscow, Russia

At the National Storytelling Network, our mission is to advance all forms of storytelling within the community through promotion, advocacy and education. New Interview Series…STORY NOW! The theme of our 2019 annual conference was Story Now! Now! From the boardroom to the classroom, and the page to the stage, personal stories and folktales are catalysts…

Kevin Cordi

How Storytellers Serve as Actors and what we can learn from each Other (part I)

By Kevin Cordi How Storytellers Serve as Actors and what we can learn from each Other (part I) Storytellers are the first actors. Before there were set designs, lighting plots, or directors, storytellers were telling stories. Skillfully positioned words handled by a crafty raconteur steered the audience’s attention. An African Griot might use stories to…

Kevin Cordi

The Value of Breathing: How little we do and how important it is

By Kevin Cordi The Value of Breathing: How little we do and how important it is After returning from Japan in 2001 I examined life through a calmer window. It was there people were rushing to meet taxis, running to their jobs, and hurrying to meet life’s demands. However, although they were rushing, there was…

What does membership provide?

By Patricia Coffie What does membership provide? Payback on what you invest. When members cease to invest time and talent as well as money, organizations die. I am currently a member of a family group, two historical societies, a storytellers’ guild, a regional storytelling organization (five states and the others too), a national storytelling organization,…

Kevin Cordi

When we consider story making, storytelling expands

By Kevin Cordi When we consider story making, storytelling expands. As Storytellers, we need to explore Story Making as much as Storytelling.  Too often we privilege the telling as the most important value.  We spend time working on our performances when we need to look more at how we make the stories we make ready for performance. We…

Kevin Cordi

The fire of story can be and should be everywhere

By Kevin Cordi The fire of story can be and should be everywhere As a storyteller for over 25 years, I hear that storytelling is changing. I agree, it is changing, but with this change, it is implied or even directly said that sitting at a warm campfire is no longer the place that story…