How to help students own their stories and storytelling clubs

By Kevin Cordi What does ownership mean? Does it mean to truly relinquish responsibility? As an adult it is important to remember that allowing a child to “own” their work is not forgetting the importance of coaching or directing the work. Instead, it is a way to collectively work together with the child to achieve…

Book Review: Trail Guide for a Crooked Heart: Stories and Reflections for Life’s Journey

By Kevin Cordi Book Review: Trail Guide for a Crooked Heart: Stories and Reflections for Life’s Journey A student follows a wise philosopher for years. He wants to know all that he knows. He wants to understand how this philosopher is able to assemble complete strangers together. He desires to know how he can help…

Save the Date!

By Bill Wight, NSN Vice Chair California, here we come! Next year, the National Storytelling Network Summit will be held in the San Francisco Bay area, in Fremont, CA from July 25-28, 2019. Save those dates and begin making plans to attend! Speaking of which, you can still register for this year’s 2018 Summit (later…

Ten Ways Storytellers Can Help Each Other

By Kevin Cordi Ten Ways Storytellers Can Help Each Other Create a legacy for tomorrow. People are hungry for stories. It is part of our very being. Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too. It goes from one generation to another.                                                                         ——Studs Terkel How Do Storytellers Help Novice Storytellers Learn the Craft?…

Magazine Mis-step

By Bill Wight, NSN Vice Chair On May 9th, your Board launched an exciting initiative aimed at extending NSN’s reach, attracting new members, and making our flagship publication, Storytelling Magazine, even better. Immediately, we stumbled. The crash was instantaneous, and deafening. The seeds of that crash were planted well before the event. We were unaware…