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

This is the fifth 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) REVEALED
  • Part 5 – Participate in special interest groups – education, organizations, healing, leadership/producing – TODAY

You love many aspects of storytelling. You love many aspects of storytelling that range from education to organizations to healing to leadership and producing. You love it all and want to promote anything related to the art of storytelling.

Enough of the assumptions? Well, it’s the final part of this blog series. And…whether or not they are all true, that is fine.

NOW…DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS IN EXACTLY THOSE CATEGORIES THROUGH THE NATIONAL STORYTELLING NETWORK?

Youth, Educators, and Storytellers (YES)

I love all the special interest groups, though I do have a favorite. I am biased because I started storytelling as sophomore in high school. Thus, the “Youth” part of the Youth, Educators, and Storytellers will always have my heart. And…it probably helps that I was Co-Chair for a couple years. But that set aside–

Did you know that the YES has a one-page position statement about 17 key benefits of storytelling in education? I have touted that statement for years and it is as relevant and wonderful today as it was in 2006. So many other current resources are available and make it easier for storytellers to work alongside educators. If you happen to be a storyteller AND a classroom-teacher, then you have more reason than anyone else to be part of YES.

The Storytelling in Higher Education (SHE) merged with YES so education expands to mean preschool, K-12th grades, and college-levels.

Storytelling in Organizations (SIO)

I have loved SIO more from a distance though with a respected gaze. During the 2020 NSN’s Virtual Conference & Festival, I was able to go to one of SIO’s gatherings. The experience there was mind-boggling. While some people specialized in working with lawyers or medical professionals, many other celebrated success with assisting nonprofits and small businesses in applied storytelling. Whether a “newbie” or a “veteran,” all have much to give in this group.

Healing Story Alliance (HSA)

Again, this is another special interest I have cheered on from the sidelines. I was bummed when I missed the HSA’s 2020 PreConference Concert as the library had me scheduled and no one could trade my shift. Though, I bought the full conference package and will anxiously watch that one. A long time ago, Dr. Joseph Sobol/East Tennessee State University (remember Storytelling Program in part four) received a grant so that a storytelling project connected with Cancer patients and survivors. HSA has had stories collected ranging from stories to encourage open and civil discussions, peace-making tales, environmental-themes tales, and so much more.

Producers & Organizers (PRO)

For decades, the PRO Special Interest Group as synonymous with “Loren Niemi.” He has since passed that baton to Lisa Overholser, who is the Executive Director of the long-running St. Louis Storytelling Festival. I find this group to be the most forward-thinking individuals. When 2020 turned “interesting,” who had to make rapid-fire decisions? The PRO people. Talk about pivoting and adapting! When Story Crossroads began, it was the free Producers and Organizers manual on running storytelling events that gave us a foundation.

Keep in mind that being a member of these special interest groups does have an additional cost to the NSN membership. Some special interest groups even allow you to be dues-paying memberships without the NSN membership.

Yet, dues-paying or not, each of these special interest groups truly are special and provide amazing services that are open for anyone to enjoy. The next step of saying “thank you” to that work is to official be dues-paying members.

Thrilled beyond measure? Wanting the fastest way to connect with like-minded individuals as well as those of differing perspectives through special interest groups through 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? We will be doing a 7-part Blog Series on Storytelling and connections with the Humanities as a countdown to our next adventure--join us 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.

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.

NOW…DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN RECEIVE IN-STATE TUITION FOR YOUR STORYTELLING MASTERS DUE TO THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY AND THE NATIONAL STORYTELLING NETWORK?

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.

Why Story Crossroads Loves National Storytelling Network (You Could, too!)–Part 3 of 5

This is the third 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 – TODAY
  • Part 4 – Benefit from in-state tuition for Storytelling Masters (with virtual options)
  • Part 5 – Participate in special interest groups – education, organizations, healing, leadership/producing

You want to teach and train others. You want to teach and train storytelling with credentials. You aim to always raise the standard of storytelling as viewed by the general public and peers alike.

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

NOW…DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN BOOST YOUR CHANCES OF BEING SELECTED AND HIRED WITH THAT DISTINCTION WHEN YOU ARE A DUES-PAYING MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL STORYTELLING NETWORK AND HAVE YOUR WORK REVIEWED?

Crazy enough, I heard that some people in the early years of the American Storytelling Movement were against having standards with storytelling. Are definitions that threatening? Are standards the next step to taking away from traditional storytelling? Do standards take away the magic of the art–the fluidity and spontaneous side of storytelling?

We have a spectrum of storytelling from pure traditional storytelling to pure organized/platform storytelling and everything in between.

Yet, I watched traditional storytelling performed from Indonesia, Ireland, throughout Africa and South America being streamed thanks to the 9-day NSN’s Virtual Conference & Festival of early June 2020. No matter the style–traditional or more on the side of platform telling–people had high standards in regards to their work. Anyone witnessing these concerts would attest to the quality.

BUT…without people seeing what you are able to do, how can someone judge your work? Even if people can see you through YouTube channels or other social platforms, does that always show and prove that you could teach or mentor others in that art?

Being able to perform does not always mean you can teach.

As a story producer of events, I write what feels like a gazillion grants. I get funding when it is obvious to that grant committee that the performer has arts education experience. I need an amazing performer AND teacher. What better and easier way to get funding–so I or other producers–can hire you? What if you received a stamp of approval from the NSN Accreditation Program? It certainly makes the life of a grant-writer easier. Please be kind.

Besides, the federal government already lists the National Storytelling Network as who they can trust for recommendations of tellers on national and international levels.

Once reviewed and approved, you are good for five years with intermittent reports or check-ins. That is only fair, as you must always be working on your craft. Always.

Please note that this NSN Accreditation is non-degree teaching and training of storytelling only.

As shared from the NSN website, the program consists of:

1) an application that demonstrates the scope of instruction,

2) criteria for acceptance, and

3) a framework for reviewer recommendation. 

Excited? Anxious to work on the NSN Accreditation Program to affirm your skills with teaching others? Glad you are already a member of the National Storytelling Network? Wishing you were a member of 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.