Summit pre-registration is closed

Pre-registration for the National Storytelling Summit is now closed. The deadline to pre-register for the Summit was JULY 18, 2018. Registrations can still be completed on-site by downloading the hard copy registration form, completing it, and bringing it to the registration desk at the Summit. On-site registration fees will apply to any registrations received after July 18. To download the hard copy registration form, click the download button below.

Welcome to the National Storytelling Summit registration area. Pre-registration is now closed for the 2018 National Storytelling Summit being held in Kansas City, Missouri at the Marriott Country Club Plaza Hotel, July 26-28, 2018, with pre-Summit Special Interest Group workshops being conducted on Wednesday, July 25 through the morning of Thursday, July 26. On-site registrations will still be accepted at the registration desk located on the second floor of the Marriott Country Club Plaza.

The 2018 Summit theme is “Communities, Conflicts, and Transformational Stories.” The Summit is a great chance to see over 20 performances, award-winning keynote speakers and participate in over 25 workshops over a four day period, conducted by the “cream-of-the-crop” of storyteller presenters. Also come join as we honor our top Storytellers with our International ORACLE Awards on Saturday, July 28 at noon.

The vision of the Summit is to bring together all the individuals, organizations, businesses and institutions who seek to advance their skills, knowledge and showcase their talent from across the world. It is also a great time to see old friends and meet new ones through our networking events, that will encourage sharing information, mentoring, long-lasting collaborations and friendships. You will meet individuals using storytelling in all of its forms and mediums at the National Storytelling Summit.

The following are the Storytelling Summit packages that are now available for registration. Review the registration options below and once you have decided what you want to register for, you can download the hard copy Summit registration form, complete it, and bring it on-site to the registration desk to have your registration processed.

Summit Registration Options

Our best registration package offer!

This registration package offers registration for the entire Summit and includes:

  • Thursday Welcome Networking Reception Event with appetizers
  • Keynote addresses on Thursday evening and Friday
  • Friday thru Saturday workshop sessions (31 sessions to choose from!)
  • Thursday thru Saturday Fringes, Showcases, and Story Swaps
  • Friday Night Slam Championship
  • Saturday evening main stage performances
  • Saturday’s ORACLE Awards Ceremony and lunch
Special Interest Group (SIG) pre-Summit events and Master Classes are not part of this package and are sold separately. 

NSN Member – $420.00                Non-NSN Member – $520.00

If you are not a member of NSN, take advantage of our new member registration option!
One combined price: new NSN member with registration – $490.00

This registration package offers registration for the entire Summit and includes:

  • Thursday Welcome Networking Reception Event with appetizers
  • Keynote addresses on Thursday evening and Friday
  • Friday thru Saturday workshop sessions (31 sessions to choose from!)
  • Thursday thru Saturday Fringes, Showcases, and Story Swaps
  • Friday Night Slam Championship
  • Saturday evening main stage performances
  • Saturday’s ORACLE Awards Ceremony (lunch not included)
Special Interest Group (SIG) pre-Summit events, Master Classes, and the ORACLE lunch are not part of this package and are sold separately. Must be 65 years or older and you must show your ID when you pick up your registration packet.

NSN Member – $265.00                Non-NSN Member – $365.00

If you are not a member of NSN, take advantage of our new member registration option!
One combined price: new NSN member with registration – $330.00

This registration package offers registration for the entire Summit and includes:

  • Thursday Welcome Networking Reception Event with appetizers
  • Keynote addresses on Thursday evening and Friday
  • Friday thru Saturday workshop sessions (31 sessions to choose from!)
  • Thursday thru Saturday Fringes, Showcases, and Story Swaps
  • Friday Night Slam Championship
  • Saturday evening main stage performances
  • Saturday’s ORACLE Awards Ceremony (lunch not included)
Special Interest Group (SIG) pre-Summit events, Master Classes, and the ORACLE lunch are not part of this package and are sold separately. Must be a student enrolled in a high school, college or university and have a valid school ID. Valid school ID must be presented when you pick up your registration packet.

NSN Student Member – $265.00                Non-NSN Student Member – $365.00

If you are not a member of NSN, take advantage of our new member registration option!
One combined price: new NSN student member with registration – $300.00

Single day registration available for Friday or Saturday (Friday single day registration includes Thursday evening events). Limited seats available. No substitutions allowed. DOES NOT INCLUDE MEALS.

NSN Member – $250.00                Non-NSN Member – $300.00

Additional Classes, Workshops & Events

The following items are not part of the the Summit registration packages and must be purchased separately.

Master Classes (sold separately)

Presenter: Alton Takiyama-Chung

http://www.altonchung.com

Are you afraid of the dark? Do you want to learn how to make things go bump in the night? In this workshop, we will explore what makes a good ghost story. What are the elements of terror? Participants will learn the differences between telling scary stories to little kids, young children, teens, and adults. We will talk about story structure with regards to jump tales, audience participation, the building of suspense, the use of humor to allow the audience to breathe to increase the terror. Participants are encouraged to bring a short spooky story (7-10 minutes) or part of a story upon which they would like to work and receive feedback notes. A few will be able to tell their story before the entire group.

NSN Member – $100.00                Non-NSN Member – $150.00

Presenter: Antonio Rocha

https://storyinmotion.com

Transitions – the moments in a story where we shift between one thought and the next – are hidden gems tucked away in a story well-told. Whether you’re your family’s unofficial historian or a professional teller, learning to master these moments will give your stories extra polish and finesse. This workshop will teach you how to identify and develop the transitions within your stories by practicing techniques with voice and body language.

NSN Member – $100.00                Non-NSN Member – $150.00

Presenter: Milbre Burch

www.kindcrone.com

This four (4) hour, hands-on workshop will include demonstration, journaling, practical exercises, deep listening, and in-depth discussion to inform your storytelling. The best personal story is authentic, vulnerable and honest. Fairy tales use metaphor to teach us how to be human in an unfamiliar landscape. We will bridge these two genres of storytelling, making each more powerful. To go on this journey, come ready to tell or read aloud a 10-minute folk or fairy tale (or excerpt), and a related 5-minute personal story to a partner. Also bring journaling materials for reflection during the workshop.

NSN Member – $100.00                Non-NSN Member – $150.00

Presenter: Carol Birch

http://www.carolbirchstoryteller.com

Folktales OUT LOUD: A Place to Begin

Folktales carry vital strains of cultural DNA forward, as they pulse with the wit and wisdom of the ages; they’re also the bread and butter of working storytellers, librarians, and teachers. Where does a beginner find great versions of folktales? When can we lift them off the page? How can we infuse a story with an eager zest that speaks to modern audiences? This master class will focus on how to make oral language within different folkloric approaches. There will be guided imagery exercises, and interactive storytelling strategies. Bring a story you want to work/play with. Our focus will be on amplifying your voice to energize a story not necessarily change it. The goal is to bring character and setting into sharper focus, so that evidence of “technique” vanishes in the stories you tell.

NSN Member – $100.00                Non-NSN Member – $150.00

ORACLE Awards Lunch

Lunch is sold separately from the Awards Ceremonies. $35.00 per person.

Pre-Summit Workshops (sold separately)

Presented by the NSN Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Workshop sessions are conducted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Theme-Storytelling methods and strategies as used in grades K-12.

YES SIG Member – $100.00                Non-SIG Member – $140.00                College Students – $40.00

Workshop session will be conducted Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 9:00am-noon. Theme: “Getting To Know You: Partnership & Sponsors”

NSN/PRO SIG Member – $20.00                Non-NSN/SIG Member – $30.00

Workshop session will be conducted Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 9:00am-noon. Theme: “Storytelling and Social Justice in Higher Education”

NSN/SHE SIG Member – $35.00                Non-NSN/SIG Member – $55.00

Workshop sessions will be conducted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Theme: “Daring Acts: Cultivating Resilience and Wholeness Through Story”

NSN/HSA SIG Member – $30.00                Non-NSN/SIG Member – $40.00

Cancellation Policy:

  • Registrations cancelled more than 60 days before the event will be refunded 80% of the registration fees;
  • Registrations cancelled less than 60 days but more than 30 days before the event will be refunded 50% of the registration fees;
  • Registrations cancelled less than 30 days before the event will not be eligible for a refund.