NSN 2020 National Storytelling Conference Update:

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the National Storytelling Network I am announcing our decision to postpone this summer’s conference in Decatur, Georgia to 2021. We are currently in conversation with the Marriott staff to determine the specific dates and hope to announce them soon.

We deeply appreciate the work that has gone into planning for the conference by members who are serving on committees, proposing and being selected for workshops, applications for Fringe performances, the Oracle awards and more. Thank you for your work and we hope that we will be able to look to you for your support in making next year’s conference a success.

We are also exploring the possibility of a “pilot” digital conference or series of workshops, performances or podcasts later this year. Why? The fact of the matter is that the conference represents a significant portion of NSN’s annual budget both in terms of cost and income. In postponing the conference we will need to look at income alternatives to balance this year’s budget including but not limited to additional donations or digital and in person workshop, performance or podcast offerings.

Until then, we wish you good health in a time of social distancing. Wash your hands and stay in communication with us.

Loren Niemi

NSN Board Chair

Welcome to the National Storytelling Conference website, we’re glad you decided to stop by! Here is where you’ll find information on the National Storytelling Conference. The 2020 Conference has been postponed to 2021. We will post the new dates and more information as it becomes available. If you have questions about the conference that are not answered here, please feel free to contact our office at 1-800-525-4514 or info@storynet.org.


Each year NSN strives to bring together storytellers from every corner of the world to participate in an annual conference with a wide variety of workshops, education sessions, performances, and networking opportunities. We want this year’s conference to be better than ever, but we can’t do it without YOU! From attendees to sponsors to speakers and performers we need new and familiar faces to get involved and help make the National Storytelling Conference the best event yet. We’ll release more information as it becomes available so check back often for updates on keynote speakers, registration, housing, and events associated with the National Storytelling Conference.