A Weekend of Storytelling Aimed at Changing Our World
Live Events: April 9-11, 2021
On-demand content starts April 5
Join the National Storytelling Network for a storied exploration of our planet, its climate, habitats, the human behaviors that have moved us toward extinction and the actions that we can take to preserve our world. This conference will focus on environmental justice and how we can use stories to educate, awaken, and inspire individuals, businesses, industries and government entities toward positive action.
Our eco-tours are a gift of COVID 19! We will travel around the globe, to Brazil, India, and other locations, accompanied by folks who intimately know their natural world, and will share their stories with us. We will not only learn of the gifts and challenges of various environments, we will almost be able to breathe them in!
Workshops – Proposal Deadline Extended!
A bouquet of adult workshops, lectures, panel discussions, and master classes awaits. We are still accepting proposals, and hope to see diverse topics such as:
- culling traditional folklore for stories that speak to our relationship to the planet
- creating original tales that can express the challenges of our present situation, teach us how to live sustainably, and create an invitation to action and justice, and
- exploring the ways that scientists use story to communicate data and findings in a heart-felt, lasting way.
You can submit a workshop proposal until 11:59 pm Central Time on Sunday, February 21, 2021. Please note that you will need to log into a google account to fill out the form. If you do not have a google account, you can create one for free using your existing email address and the “add an account” button. If you have one but cannot access it, please use the “forgot password?” link.
Performances – Call Deadline Extended!
In Spotlight storytelling performances, longer, more intricate tales will be featured. A performance of stories from Margaret Read Macdonald’s book Earth Care: World Folktales To Talk About will greet you on the final day. Olios (multi-teller performances) will be interlaced throughout the weekend, highlighting both traditional and contemporary stories.
The Call for Stories is open until 11:59 pm Central Time on Sunday, February 14, 2021. Please note that you will need to log into a google account to fill out the form. If you do not have a google account, you can create one for free using your existing email address and the “add an account” button. If you have one but cannot access it, please use the “forgot password?” link.
Come to listen, or bring your own original 5-minute story about Mother Earth to share in this storytelling competition. First, second, and third place winners receive cash prizes. Story Slam entry opens mid-March.
The NSN Fringe invites adventurous artists to create their own pieces. These are unjuried performances crafted by the artists themselves. Fringe applications closed February 5.
Earth Up Registration Coming Soon!