Formed in 1976, the National Storytelling Network is the largest Storytelling membership organization dedicated to advancing all forms of storytelling within the community through promotion, advocacy, and education. Our members represent all the forms of storytelling from printed to oral to digital storytelling. By becoming a member you are connected with storytelling on the national level, networked with storytellers who share your interests across the world, and supported in many ways on your storytelling journey.

Why should I become a member?

  • Personal and professional connections in the largest membership organization of storytellers
  • Opportunities for continuing education and mentorships
  • Access to professional publications and resources
  • Establish a network of contacts in your community and around the world
  • Opportunity to take your networking to a higher level by participating in NSN’s Find-A-Storyteller Directory and Special Interest Groups.
  • See a description of all membership benefits here.

Individual Membership Levels:

Individual Membership – $75.00
Benefits include a monthly newsletter, membership in one SIG, access to resources & databases, discounts to educational events, workshops, and classes. Click here to see a full list of membership benefits.

International Membership – $45.00
Benefits include a monthly newsletter, membership in one SIG, access to resources & databases, discounts to educational events, workshops, and classes.

Student Membership – $45.00
Benefits include a monthly newsletter, membership in one SIG, access to resources & databases, discounts to educational events, workshops, and classes.


Student membership can be granted to someone who is in high school grades 9-12 or someone who is currently enrolled, full-time or part-time, in a degree-granting program. Excluded are persons who are enrolled in career-enhancing programs or just taking a course at a school. The person should be actively pursuing a post-secondary degree.

Student memberships will have all benefits of regular membership EXCEPT they will not be considered a voting member of the corporation.

Organizational Membership Levels:

Non-Profit Organizational Membership – $100.00
Open to nonprofit organizations interested in storytelling.

For-Profit Organizational Membership – $125.00
Open to for-profit organizations interested in storytelling.


  • Staff or members of the Organizational Member can receive 10% off an NSN Individual Membership for each individual who wants to become an individual member.
  • Organizational Members may register up to three (3) staff of the organization for the National Storytelling Conference at the individual member rate.
  • Organizational Members receive discounts for advertising on the NSN website.
  • Membership in NSN Special Interest Groups (SIG members pay additional dues to support SIG activities, such as workshops sessions, publications, mentoring programs, etc.)
  • Monthly Story Forge e-Newsletter

Benefits of NSN Membership



Only available through institutions, such as libraries or schools…AND NSN!

Gain access to the most comprehensive Folklore and Folklife database. The Greenwood’s World Folklore and Folklife Resource & Database Guide provides access to subject matter that permeates the everyday lives of people around the world.  Learn about the rich tradition of holidays, festivals, language, stories, and fairy tales, proverbs, foodways, and folk remedies that define our society and our place within it. Updated every month, World Folklore and Folklife provides an exciting and accessible way to explore this vast and growing treasury of knowledge through printed and visual materials.  Great resource at your fingertips for teachers and workshop presenters!

Subjects include:

  • Celebrations and Rituals
  • Food and Drink
  • Holidays and Festivals
  • Music and Dance
  • Religion and Belief
  • Tales, Myths, and Urban Legends
  • Traditional Arts and Crafts

All content is fully-indexed and cross-searchable, and the user-friendly interface makes searching or browsing quick and effective.


Enroll in the Master of Arts in Communication and Storytelling Studies at East Tennessee State University at in-state tuition rates, no matter where you live.  More information can be found at NSN/ETSU Storytelling Program.


Enjoy training, education, and networking with other storytellers and enthusiasts through your membership discount to NSN events.


List your skills for potential employers and producers through NSN’s online Find-A-Storyteller Directory prominently displayed on our website homepage which has thousands of unique visitors each year. The directory provides many opportunities to showcase your storytelling talent. You must be a current NSN member to participate in the Find-A-Storyteller Directory. An additional fee is required.

Find-A-Storyteller Directory Listing – $20.00 per year


The NSN Sponsored Member Program Fiscal Sponsorship enables NSN’s individual and non-501c3 organizational members to apply for funds under its non-profit umbrella and thus makes new sources of funding available to them. NSN fiscal sponsorship complies with IRS regulations for donations by foundations and corporations.


Stay up-to-date on NSN news, upcoming storytelling events, storytelling in the news, and partner programs with the E-Newsletter. Past newsletter issues are archived on the NSN website.



Access our NSN members through our searchable members-only directory.


A Special Interest Group (SIG) is a formal group created by the National Storytelling Network (NSN) members joining together within the structure of NSN for a common purpose, exploring their area of interest in storytelling. SIG members pay additional dues to support SIG activities, such as workshops sessions, publications, mentoring programs, etc. You must be a member of NSN to join a Special Interest Group. As an additional member benefit, individuals receive a SIG membership of their choice with the payment of annual dues of $75.

Environmental Storytelling Special Interest Group (ECO) – $25.00 per year

An informal network of storytellers, educators, park rangers and docents, and others who use storytelling in environmental education and advocacy. We share ideas on-line and occasionally meet up at regional retreats or during NSN conferences.

Producers and Organizers Special Interest Group (PRO) – $25.00 per year

Encourages cooperation, networking, and support among storytelling event organizers within NSN and fosters the professional growth of the individual members.

Storytelling in Organizations Special Interest Group (SIO) – $25.00 per year

Brings narrative insights onto the contemporary business scene by documenting and promoting the constructive role and widespread importance of storytelling in corporate, non-profit, small business, education, and other settings.

Youth, Educators and Storytellers Alliance Special Interest Group (YES) – $25.00 per year

Promotes youth storytelling and encourages educators to use storytelling as an educational tool.


A Discussion Group, more informal than a SIG and charging no dues, assists NSN members in contacting other members who share a common storytelling interest. You must be a member of NSN to join an NSN discussion group. No additional fee is required. Click here to learn more about NSN’s Discussion Groups.


Storytell, sponsored by the National Storytelling Network, has more than 900 subscribers worldwide for discussions about storytelling. All persons interested in storytelling are invited to participate in the Storytell Listserv.

If you have any questions or require assistance with completing the online form, contact Dot Cleveland at 651-703-8191 or email at

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