Why Story Crossroads Loves National Storytelling Network (You Could, too!)–Part 4 of 5

This is the fourth of five parts on benefits to take advantage of as a member of the National Storytelling Network. Story Crossroads is proud to be an organization member of NSN.

Awesomeness Revealed:

  • Part 1 – Borrow NSN’s nonprofit status for grants–as individual or organization – REVEALED
  • Part 2 – Research through Greenwood’s World Folklore and Folklife Database for free – REVEALED
  • Part 3 – Delve into NSN’s Accreditation Program – REVEALED
  • Part 4 – Benefit from in-state tuition for Storytelling Masters (with virtual options) – TODAY
  • Part 5 – Participate in special interest groups – education, organizations, healing, leadership/producing

You love to learn. You love to learn about storytelling. You see yourself as a life-long learner.

Assumptions, always assumptions. Whether or not they are all true, that is fine.


Thousands upon thousands of dollars were saved when I took advantage of the in-state tuition. Living in Utah, I would never be able to afford out-of-state tuition. Yet, I have always wanted to soak anything and everything about the art of storytelling.

As a result of that incredible ETSU experience, many ideas for what is currently Story Crossroads came about. David Novak and several classmates joined me in a brain trust session on the national/international possibilities. Some have come to pass and some will still come to pass.

My special thanks go to Dr. Joseph Sobol, Delanna Reed PhD, Elizabeth Ellis, David Novak, and all the amazing Institute Leaders/Teachers. Nancy Donoval, who was one of my Institute Leaders/Teachers, has a way of teaching the arc(s) of a story like no other. Nancy is now Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator. See more at the ETSU Storytelling welcoming page.

There were too many favorite classes. The names of the classes themselves were ones to ponder – “Historical and Psychological Foundations of Storytelling” and “Storytelling Linguistics.”

My storytelling library, besides a vast collection of folktales around the world, now include books that allow me to appreciate the art itself such as these:

“Orality and Literacy: Technologizing of the Word” by Walter J. Ong

“Tell Me A Story: Narrative and Intelligence (Rethinking Theory)” by Roger C. Schank

“Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking” by David Bayles & Ted Orland

And the list goes on!

Meanwhile, every summer there are Institutes. One is going on right now with Susan O’Halloran on social justice storytelling. I know–cruel of me to bring up if you did not get a chance. Though…there is still June 22.

June 22-27, 2020
Marketing from the Outside In with Sean Buvala

PLUS…any alumni of this storytelling program still gets the benefit of reduced costs. Even now, there is special COVID-19 pricing on top of that…so only $125 for alumni/current-graduates. This is all thanks to the National Storytelling Network and being smart enough to “strike a deal” on our behalf.

Enlivened? Anxious to take advantage of in-state tuition for East Tennessee State University through the agreement between East Tennessee State University and the National Storytelling Network?

Today is that time. Go here for the opportunity to be connected and be part of the National Storytelling Network.

Want to discover more beyond this 5-part Blog Series? Check out the the next Story Crossroads adventure on Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 9:00am-10:30am MDT from your computer- The Big Why Panel: Historical Storytelling meets Humanities.

See our 5-video playlist from the Story Crossroads Spectacular by clicking here.

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