Events

Welcome to the National Storytelling Network Events page, where you can find information about upcoming events hosted by NSN. Information on the most current events planned can be found by simply scrolling down this page. You can also find the link to the registration page here.

Looking to submit a proposal for one of NSN’s upcoming events? You’ve come to the right place! Click here to be taken to the submission area.

ANNOUNCING NSN’s Bold New Calendar of Events for 2021!

NSN announces a dynamic calendar of Virtual Events for 2021! YES! We will grow storytellers, share great tales, feature membership voices & voices from the world beyond to build a treasure chest for NSN’s secure future. NSN will produce monthly events in a variety of forms.

NSN’s 2021 CALENDAR – uPCOMING EVENTS
  • May 15th: Caught in a Bind (Slam + Fringe)

    Throw your name in the hat for Caught in a Bind
    Read more about Milbre Burch’s Fringe Performance


  • June 12th: Amplify (Slam + Fringe)
  • July 21st – 25th: NSN’s Connected Virtual Conference & Festival – Mark your calendars now! Applications coming soon.
  • August 21st: Hot (Slam + Fringe)
  • September 18th: Schooled (Slam + Fringe)
  • October 22nd- 24th: Spooked (Weekend)
  • November 13th: Stuffing (Slam + Fringe)
  • December 11th: Light (Slam + Fringe + Family Show)

Ready to register to attend one or more events? You can find the registration forms for all events with open registration by clicking the button below.

Submit a proposal

Click the section title below for more information on the event and to view the proposal submission form (if currently available).

RULES:

  1. You will have 5 minutes to tell your story with a 30-second grace period. At six minutes, your story will be cut off. The audience will take the length of your story into account in their voting.
  2. Your story must be a true personal story that happened to you, related to the theme: CAUGHT IN A BIND.
  3. You must also register for the Slam, either as a single ticketed event, or as part of a package deal.
  4. You must agree to have your story recorded, and give NSN the rights to use that story in the future.
  5. The winners, voted on by the audience will receive:
    First Place: $100
    Second Place: $50
    Third Place: $25

IF YOU WISH TO COMPETE:

You must REGISTER FOR THE SLAM and PUT YOUR NAME IN THE HAT. These are two separate processes. Please do both if you wish to compete.

Upcoming Fringe Performances

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Upcoming Fringe Performances

Click the performer below for more information on the fringe performance and to register for the event (if currently available).

Shapely and Sharp: Tales of Ferocious Women

May 15th at 9 pm Central

Milbre Burch conjures three mothers who draw on their inner ferocity when pushed to their limits by circumstance, spouse or community. Cultures all over the world attempt to tame or take possession of feminine fierceness. This trio of stories – a murder ballad and two folktales – captures why

Only Love: A Family Journey Through Shifting Pronouns, Identities, and Perceptions

June 12th at 9 pm Central

When your child comes out as transgender in a religiously conservative community, they aren’t the only ones about to go through a transition. Through personal story and interviews, Only Love explores a world where faith, family values, and the gender revolution collide.

The Last To Know

August 21st at 9 pm Central

After 40 years of marriage, my husband left me to live in Arizona with another woman. Slowly, I discover that my husband had been living a double life and through out our marriage had copious affairs. This is my story of moving from victim to survivor of Narcissistic Abuse.

King Arthur: Stories from Around the Table

September 18th at 9 pm Central

Everyone’s heard the story about the boy who became king, the sword in the stone, and the most famous of Round Tables. Many came to that table, but not everyone was given a seat. Allow yourself to be captivated by familiar stories told from unfamiliar perspectives, as we examine these surprising and often problematic stories. 14+

Sharks Eyes and Sunken Places

October 22nd | Part of NSN’s SPOOKED

Personal story of the times I had premonitions of danger that came true and my speculations as to the nature of these.

Supernatural Tales of Hawaii

October 22nd | Part of NSN’s SPOOKED

Oh Yes! Hawaii has spirits. JEFF GERE (born on Halloween) will share true tales of the other side, amazing oral histories gathered across 30 years of performing. People just tell him what happened meeting Pele, the Volcano goddess; the power in stones, of strange spirits, possessions, and hauntings. Visit the dark deep well of island beliefs still active today. Come, but not alone!

Legacy: The Story of Langston High

November 13th at 9 pm Central

A solo performance about the history of all black Langston High School in Johnson City, TN.

Mirrors: Folktales and Life

December 11th at 9 pm Central

We are drawn to Folktales that reflect our lives. The wisdom of the folktale intersects with the truth in our lives. In this performance, Kate pairs The Handsome Young Fishwife with her personal story My Son Mark. Both stories explore the core questions: Where do I belong? and What choices do I have?

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