After the first National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee in 1973, the National Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of Storytelling was born. They changed their name to a more manageable National Storytelling Association (NSA) in 1994. The NSA broke from the Festival in 1998 and is now making the separation more complete by moving their headquarters to Kansas City, MO in the near future. The Festival will remain in Jonesborough.
Their Mission Statement:
The National Storytelling Network brings together and supports individuals and organizations that use the power of story in all its forms. We advocate for the preservation and growth of the art of storytelling.
One of the many services the Association provides is a national calendar of storytelling events. It tends toward the traditional and is not all inclusive but it’s a great resource for travelers who would love to find an interesting storytelling show or workshop. They also have a national roster of storytellers.
In order to serve a diverse membership they offer Special Interest Groups and the more informal Discussion Groups.
One of my favorite features of the website is called, “Storytelling — It’s News!“, a collection of links to published articles which describe various uses of storytelling. I especially like the report of the sixth annual Bold-Faced Liars’ Showdown in Laurinburg, North Carolina.
The NSN offers many levels of membership. Check them out online and see if you want to know more.