A First-Timer’s Trip to the National Storytelling Festival

Written by Kim McCloskey

I had the opportunity to go to the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee for the first time this weekend and can I just say, it was as good as I hoped it would be. If you have never had the opportunity to attend, sit back and let me describe it for you.

Some thank yous are in order!

Written by Kim McCloskey

It's that time again. The tents are empty, the memories are fresh and we are feeling gratitude in our hearts, so some thank yous are in order.

How to Prepare Students for Assemblies with Storytellers

Written by Kim McCloskey

There are many benefits to having a professional storyteller visit your school. Storytelling helps students develop listening skills. Stories are the building blocks of imagination, stories teach character, and storytelling can foster the desire to read independently.

The Benefits of Live Storytelling: Why You Should Attend This Year’s Festival

Written by Kim McCloskey

The Festival is only two weeks away and the hundreds of volunteers behind the scenes are busy getting last minute logistical details worked out. It's a big project which requires a lot of coordination, but every year for the last 25 years it all seems to work itself out. The storytellers arrive, the audience gets settled in and then the magic happens- imaginations are fired up, the energy of the crowd becomes palpable, and memories are brought to life.

Preserving the Life Story of a Loved One

Written by Kim McCloskey

A couple days ago I was listening to a story by Dolores Hydock called Occam’s Razor on the radio program The Apple Seed . The story is about how blessed she was after her mother’s diagnosis of cancer. It really struck home with me because we had recently dealt with the death of a loved one due to cancer and had also felt the blessings in disguise that had come from that experience. Even though our family has lost a beloved grandfather, we know that he can live on in the stories that we pasRead More ...

Films that celebrate storytelling

Written by Kim McCloskey

Rev up your appetite for the upcoming Festival with some films that celebrate storytelling. At the end of this article is a list of movies that pay homage to the art of oral storytelling. If you want to read about upcoming movies and get scholarly with your study of film and storytelling, read on. If you would rather just look through the movie list, skip forward. Either way, enjoy the celebration, and we’ll see you at the Festival!