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Storytelling Links

Welcome to our links page!


Below you’ll find an annotated alphabetical listing of storytelling links, including links to:

·       extensive links resources developed by others

·       folktale texts

·       informational storytelling blogs

·       a variety of storytelling organizations

·       potential funding resources

·       and much, much more, all storytelling-related, of course!


You will not find links to storytelling events. For those, please visit the KSA Events Calendar where you can learn about storytelling events taking place in Kentucky and adjoining states. While there you can also submit your event information to the KSA events Calendar.


You will also not find links to information about specific storytellers. To learn about specific storytellers, please visit the KSA Find a Teller page. Once there you can visit the KSA Storytellers Directory and/or fill out a Teller Request form.


To suggest additional links for inclusion on the KSA Links page, please send your suggestion to the Links Editor, links@kystory.org  Include a brief annotation along with how you envision access to this link will help KSA achieve our Mission and Goals.



Art of Storytelling Show An International Conversation of Storytellers on the Art of Storytelling. Storyteller and host Eric Wolf has conducted almost 130 interviews on the art of storytelling. You can listen to the archival recordings. A topic index is also included.


Catch the Story Bug Blog, Karen Chace, storyteller, web researcher, and author of Story by Story: Creating a Student Storytelling Troupe offers a blog with stories, lots of links, lots of advice on storytelling and even some of the games she's used in her work teaching young storytellers. 


Conversations With Storytellers This is a podcast by Simon Brooks with over twenty conversations he has had with long established storytellers of folk and fairy tales.


Experts as Seen by Storyteller Mark As storyteller Mark Goldman travels, he asks storytellers across the country to comment on storytelling – telling them what they love about the craft, what advice they have for other tellers, how storytelling has affected their lives, and more. These brief video interviews are all posted here, arranged alphabetically by storyteller. 



Fairy Tale of the Month: Reflections and Delusions Every month, since December 2010, storyteller Charles Kiernan has taken one fairy tale and peeked under its surface in three posts.  Reader comments are welcome.


Folklinks  A guide to folk and fairy- tale sites, compiled by D. L. Ashliman. This guide was last updated in 2006, but it’s still a valuable, easily navigated, resource.


Folktexts An easily navigated electronic text library of folktales, folklore, fairytales and mythology edited and/or translated by D. L. Ashliman, University of Pittsburgh.


Healing Story Alliance (HSA) The purpose of the Healing Story is to explore and promote the use of storytelling in healing. You’ll find a wealth of information for storytellers and those in other service professions; therapists, clergy, health care practitioners of all kinds, anyone who can see the benefit of story as a tool for healing. Pages of links, resources, and reviews lead to even more helpful information.


How to Tell a Story  Enjoy this video “How to Tell a Story: Quick-Learn Storytelling Techniques!” from Sean Buvala. Appropriate for use with both youth and adult tellers. The presentation is like viewing an old-time silent movie – fun to watch and useful advice.


International Storytelling Center Located in Jonesborough, Tennessee, the International Storytelling Center is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching lives and building a better world through the power of storytelling.  Their work falls broadly into three categories: performance, preservation, and practice.


Kentucky Arts Council  The mission of the Kentucky Arts Council is to create opportunities for the people of Kentucky to value, participate in, and benefit from the arts. KAC grant programs can support storytelling projects and performances.


Kentucky Foundation for Women  The mission of the Kentucky Foundation for Women is to promote positive social change by supporting varied feminist expression in the arts. When women and girls advance, so does Kentucky.  Storytellers have been funded for various projects through this foundation’s grant programs. You will also find links to a variety of resources on this website’s Resources & Links page.


The Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc.  is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. The Council is supported by the National Endowment and by private contributions. It is not a state agency and receives no state funds, but is does partner with Kentucky’s cultural, heritage, arts, and tourism agencies. The Kentucky Humanities Council tells Kentucky’s story through Chautauqua programs and a Speakers Bureau. In addition, the Council uses the services of storytellers as team members in its Prime Time Family Reading Time programs.


Kentucky Storytelling Association You are currently visiting the KSA website. The Kentucky Storytelling Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization whose mission is to develop on-going support and appreciation for storytelling in the Commonwealth. We hope you are enjoying our links page. Please visit additional pages on our KSA website to learn more about our programs and services. We’d love to have you join us!


Kentucky Youth Storytelling A KSA activity conducted to encourage more Kentucky youth to tell stories and to provide young Kentuckians with access to the National Youth Storytelling Showcase


Language, Literacy and Storytelling  This blog by storyteller Donna Washington includes an ongoing series of storytelling advice called “The Storytellers Toolkit” in which she is looking at specific tools such as voice, eyes, hands, facial expressions.  Clear advice with video examples from various tellers included.


Leonard Roberts Collection Here’s the opening page of the Leonard Roberts Collection at Berea College. Leonard Roberts was a Kentucky folklorist who recorded stories in the 1940’s and 50’s and also encouraged his students to gather folktales told in their families. You’ll find links here that allow you to listen to some of those story recordings.


Moth Here you can watch video of stories told at a variety of events from The Moth. On the KSA events calendar you’ll also find a link to The Moth events in Louisville, Kentucky (typically the last Tuesday of each month). Stories at The Moth events are told by adults for adults.


The Multicolored Diary The wanderings, musings and adventures of Zalka Csenge Virág, a storyteller from Hungary. Topics covered in her blog include Following Folktales Around the World, Feminist Folktales, Research for Storytellers, Diversity A to Z, Weird Things in Folktales, and Folktales of Endangered Species . Csenge is a Fulbright Scholarship recipient, with an M.A. in storytelling from East Tennessee State University and a Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University. The topic of her dissertation was role-playing and digital storytelling.


National Association of Black Storytellers The National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. 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 - "In the Tradition..."


National Council of Teachers of English,  Teaching Storytelling Position Statement  Here’s a position statement on storytelling from the NCTE Committee on Storytelling which eloquently and clearly explains why storytelling matters in the classroom.


National Storytelling Network (NSN) The National Storytelling Network is a membership organization made up of individuals and organizations involved in storytelling. Its mission is to advance all forms of storytelling within the community through promotion, advocacy, and education. It’s vision is a world in which all people value the power of storytelling and its ability to connect, inspire, and instill respect within our hearts and communities. Tabs for “Events”  “Resources” and “Groups” lead you to lots of helpful information.


National Youth Storytelling The goal of the NYS is to empower the nation’s youth through storytelling. Youth 8 -- 18 years old (or grade 2 - 12), from anywhere in the world are invited to submit an electronic application; however, you must be able to travel to an event in Utah in early September. See also   Kentucky Youth Storytelling.


Northeast Storytelling (NEST) a membership community of storytellers and story enthusiasts throughout the northeast and beyond, posts a wealth of resources available for members and non-members alike. On their website, you'll find links to blogs and podcasts, a guide to storytelling, and much, much more.


Network of Biblical Storytellers The membership of NBS is laity and clergy, educators and learners, professional storytellers and inexperienced amateurs -- all with a deep love of the biblical stories and a curiosity about how they may be told.


Pixar Story Rules (one version)  Yes, this advice comes from Pixar, the movie animation folks, and more specifically from Emma Coats via David Price. This list could prove useful for middle schoolers through adults.


Spellbinders An organization of volunteers dedicated to restoring the art of oral storytelling to connect elders to youth, weaving together the wisdom of diverse cultures throughout time.


Story Arts Online Created by storyteller and author Heather Forest, this site includes lesson plans for educators who want to incorporate storytelling across the curriculum or engage children in the art of telling.


StoryCorps Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews with over 90,000 participants. Each conversation is preserved at the Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. Follow the link to listen StoryCorps stories.


Storyteller.net On this articles page you’ll find links to a huge number of storytelling articles. On the amphitheater page, you can hear tellers talking about various aspects of their work. Those are just two of the resources available on storyteller.net.


Vonnegut on the Shape of Stories  Here is a brief video of author Kurt Vonnegut talking about the shapes of stories.


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