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…

From the NSN Staff: Happy Holidays!

By Danni Altman-Newell, Marketing & Membership Manager Happy Holidays! Another year is rushing to a close and it seems like everyone around me is marveling at how fast the year went! 2018 proved to be another year packed with changes and transitions. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Change provides an opportunity to stay relevant…

Storytelling Residencies Enhance Literacy

Storytelling Residencies Enhance Literacy Connecticut non-profit places storytellers in schools to offer interactive instruction methods that are increasingly critical for today’s young learners. By Ann Shapiro and Susie Scheyder Educators are often frustrated with the unhealthy focus on screens that constantly demand our students’ attention, while arguably shrinking their ability to pay it meaningfully elsewhere.…