ORGANIZATIONS


ORGANIZATIONS

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National:

  • National Storytelling Network (NSN):
Benefits = subscription Storytelling Magazine; Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Discussion groups (e.g., Healing Stories Alliance, Youth Storytelling, Event Organizers, Diversity Focus, Storytelling in Organizations, Intergenerational Telling,); Source Book Listing (option for professional/event listing in on-line directory), grant opportunities. NSN advocates nationally and regionally for storytelling. Michigan Liaison: LoiS-sez@LoiS-sez.com. NSN 1-800-525-4514 or http://storynet.org./
  • National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS):
Promotes and perpetuates the art of Black storytelling-an art form which embodies the history, heritage, and culture of African Americans. Black storytellers educate and entertain through the Oral Tradition, which depicts and documents the African American experience. A nationally organized body with individual, affiliate and organizational memberships, NABS preserves and passes on the folklore, legends, myths, fables and mores of Africans and their descendants and ancestors. http://nabsinc.org/

Regional:

  • Northlands Storytelling Network:
Regional organization offering support and annual conference for tellers in or near North Central states. Michigan Representative: Jean Bolley. For info: Northlands, P O Box 1055, McHenry, IL 60051-1055, email: info (at) northlands.net or http://www.northlands.net/

Local:

Most guilds are free to anyone wanting to hear or tell stories.  It is the guild’s responsibility to contact the Webmaster, LoiS-sez@LoiS-sez.com,  Lois Sprengnether Keel, when changes occur.
Always call the guild first to check as special meeting plans may have changed.  Many guilds adjourn during summer.
  • Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild:
4th Sunday of each month Sept.-June.  Check web site to find out locations. Bring a story to tell or listen to swapped stories. Story Night 2nd Thursday of month Mar.-Dec., 7-9, Free. Crazy Wisdom,  Ann Arbor: story concert 1st hour, open mic 2nd hour. email Steve Daut mail (at) stevedaut.com or Lyn Davidge ldavidge (at) umich.edu or phone Steve Daut (734) 845-1070. Free. Bring a story to tell or listen to swapped stories. 2-4 pm. Info: http://www.annarborstorytelling.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers.
  • Birmingham - The Storytellers Guild, a Sponsored Group of The Community House in Birmingham
meets each third Thursday of the month from September through June at the Community House at 380 Bates St., Birmingham.  Information https://www.communityhouse.com/supported-groups-nonprofits/storytellers-guild/ or contact Lee Trumbull, 248-594-6414 or ltrumbull (at) communityhouse.com
  • Detroit Assoc of Black Storytellers (DABS):
meetings are from 10-noon at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on the 4th Saturday of each month from Sept.-June and no meeting in December.  Storytelling workshops and storytelling takes place at each meeting..  Please check with them to learn when each month from Sept.-June and no meeting in December.  Storytelling workshops and storytelling takes place at each meeting.  Detroit Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. For information: http://www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com/
  • Detroit Story League:
3rd Saturday of every month except July (12:00-3:00) various locations in Greater Detroit Area. Since 1912 the DSL meets to tell stories, share resources. DSL sponsors Tellabration in November and a Children's Concert in March. Info: http://www.detroitstorytelling.org Judy Sima, president. judsim (at) hotmail.com .
  • Grand Rapids Story Spinners:
Third Tuesday of each month 7 - 9 P.M. during the school year Shawmut Hills School  2550 Burritt NW  Grand Rapids, MI 49504. http://www.storyspinners.org or storyspinnersgr (at) gmail.com.
  •  Lansing Storytellers:
3rd Monday of each month 7-9pm at Schuler Books in Lansing (Eastwood Towne Center). Contact: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email bolleyj (at) hotmail.com and/or Shirley Bradley – shirleyjane (at) comcast.net .  
  • Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST):  
Meets every 2d Thursday 6:30-8:00 pm, at Veterans Memorial Library Annex Community Room, 301 S. University, Mount Pleasant, MI  48858, Phone 989-773-3242.  2017: No meetings in May, June or July.  New members are always welcome!  Info: http://www.michiganstorytellers.com or Joe Remenar, jremenar66 (at) yahoo.com 
  • Montcalm County Storyweavers:
The Montcalm County Storytelling Guild meetings are mainly spring and summer, but members of the group tell throughout the year.  Info: Georgia Schad (989-291-5518) email: gmschad (at) chartermi.net.
  • Mother Goose Guild Center:
Joanne Ladd, 2118 Magnolia Lane., Flint, MI 48532, 810-732-6956 or 810-743-7773 or email mothergoose73 (at) comcast.net .
  •  Muskegon Yarnspinners:
Second Wednesday of each month 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm from October through May at the Hope Reformed Church, 1878 Evanston, Muskegon, Michigan 49442 (Corner of Quarterline and Evanston).  Monthly meetings continue from June through September at members' homes.  Contact Ned Carter, 231-755-2383 or email him at carteredwin93 (at) yahoo.com.
  • New Baltimore Biblical Storytellers:. 
Contact: Katie Dailey 586-716-9543 daileystory (at) gmail.com for information.
  • Warren – Chatterton Parent-Tellers:
Meets at Chatterton Middle School, 24333 Ryan Road most Thursday mornings during the school year from 9:30-11:30 during the school year.  You don’t have to be a parent to attend.  Contact Judy Sima  if you wish to attend, 248-644-3951, judy (at) judysima.com.
  •  White Lake Township -- North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS)
1st Tuesday of the month 7-9p.m., but location varies. May-Nov. at the Fisk Farm schoolhouse, Highland Road (M-59) and Fisk Road; Dec. meeting at party at a member's home; no Jan. meeting; Feb.-Apr. at Huron Valley Council for the Arts (Highland Station), 205 W. Livingston Rd., Highland, MI 48357.   Contact: Pam Dawson, pdawsonusa (at) gmail.com (248)-245-1499 or   http://www.northoaklandcountystorytellers.org/

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