Virtual Storytelling

Bring storytelling to your computer.

Besides Story Crossroads virtual events, check out recommended professional storytellers who offer virtual classroom and school visits at the bottom. Explore websites, blogs, and Facebook groups that provide virtual opportunities.

Enjoy two virtual workshops and two 1-hour virtual concerts on May 13, 2020 as part of Story Crossroads Spectacular as well as other experiences.

We are planning “The Big Why Panel: Historical Storytelling Meets Humanities” on Saturday, June 20, 2020, 9:00am-10:30am MDT from your computer.

Click here to see our Contingency Plans-COVID-19.


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REGISTRATION CLOSED

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

1:00pm-2:30pm, Mountain Daylight Time

as part of Story Crossroads Spectacular

“Down the Rabbit Hole: the how and why of researching stories”

(5-hour version in-person will be available May 11, 2021)

Designed for Storytellers, Educators, Actors, Community Leaders, and anyone interested in Story – Professional Development available, certificate emailed the next day

Featured Presenter:  Dr. Csenge Zalka, click on name for bio and/or read Curriculum Vitae of Dr. Csenge Zalka

Platform/Registration: Zoom, Registration Closed

Contact:  Email info@storycrossroads.org or call/text Rachel Hedman with questions

About the 90-Minute Virtual Workshop:

Always wanted to know what it feels like to be Indiana Jones? This is your chance to take a dive into remote, obscure corners of the past, following a half-forgotten trail of folktales and legends. Researching traditional stories can be difficult, but it also leads to exciting, unexpected, and illuminating discoveries. This session, led by an archaeologist and storyteller, offers insight into how to track down some of the most elusive tales.

Become familiar with the basics of storytelling research as well as some lesser known techniques for tracking down a tale. Discover classic folklore research tools (e.g. the ATU motif index) and how they work together with modern media. Track stories down beyond Google search. Take research across language barriers, and learn tips on how to organize and maintain one’s notes and findings.


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REGISTRATION CLOSED

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

3:00pm-4:30pm, Mountain Daylight Time

as part of Story Crossroads Spectacular

“The Power of Personal & Family Stories:  How to Research, Perform, & Tap into that Power” 90-minute VIRTUAL workshop

Designed for Storytellers, Educators, Family Historians, Actors, Community Leaders, and anyone interested in Story – Professional Development available, certificate emailed the next day

Presenter:  Bruce Walker from Alabama

Platform/Registration: Zoom, Registration Closed

Contact:  Email info@storycrossroads.org or call/text Rachel Hedman with questions

About the 90-Minute Virtual Workshop:

Find, develop and present your personal and family stories.  Through genealogical research and other techniques covered in this  90-minute session,  you will develop the framework for your family history and discover the uniqueness of who you are.  Receive insights and practical tools to improve your communication skills.


What about Virtual Classroom or School Visits?

We have to know many professional storytellers who can work through Google, Zoom, or many other platforms to have a customized and almost-live experience of storytelling.

We recommend:

Baba the Storyteller:

https://babathestoryteller.com/virtual/

Robin Bady:

https://www.facebook.com/robinbady

Click here for Lifetime Arts’ Roster Teaching Artist blog post

We can consult with you on other storytellers and possibilities. Email info@storycrossroads.org.


What about Websites, Blogs, and Facebook Groups with Virtual Storytelling?

Certain groups met the need of virtual performances of storytelling as well as workshops.  Here are some of our favorites.

Artists Standing Strong Together – Facebook Group & Blog – storytellers can also announce/share events here

Northeast Storytelling – Online Storytelling – storytellers can also announce/share events here

Bill Harley with regular Facebook Live Events

Laura Packer with regular Facebook Live Events and on Patreon

Priscilla Howe through Zoom, see listing of online performances


What if I want to donate and/or apply to the Storyteller Relief Fund due to COVID-19?

Go directly to the Storyteller Relief Fund on the National Storytelling Network website.

Another way is to go to the homepage of the National Storytelling Network. The top of the home page says “Make a donation.”  You put in an amount and then you will see this a little bit down:

Contribution to Storyteller Relief Fund