Monday, November 7, 2011

Storytelling Events from Around the Nation

In order to support storytelling, Lets Tell Stories will publish weekly storytelling events from around the nation.  If you have an event you would like to have posted, please contact us and we will add your event.

November 8th
Inland Valley Storytellers story swap
State: California
The Inland Valley Storytellers has a monthly story swap and meeting open to the public. Bring an 8-10 minute story to share or just come to listen to stories. Second Tuesday of every month

7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Claremont Forum, 586 West First Street, Claremont, CA
November 9th
Speak Up Spoken Word Open Mike Hosted by Storyteller Tony Toledo
State: Massachusetts
Speak Up Spoken Word Open Mike is held every Wednesday at The Walnut Street Coffee Cafe, 157 Walnut Street, Lynn MA. It is hosted by storyteller Tony Toledo who gives every speaker a story and a lucky coin at the end of their words. We start at 7:30 pm till 10ish. Each person who wants to speak gets 5 minutes at the microphone. Tony stands up when all the sand in the five minute hour glass is done. At five and a half minutes he is walking toward the speaker. At 6 minutes he will slide his tongue in your ear. We are a free speech zone with a three word cussing minimum. Storytellers, poets, comedians,singers, community activists and just plain ranters are all welcome. Each week has a Featured Performer who goes on at 8:30 PM for half an hour. The hat is passed to get gas money so the feature can get home. See you at Speak Up.
Time(s) 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Admission Free, pass the hat for the feature.
Location - The Walnut Street Coffee Cafe, 157 Walnut Street, Lynn, MA 01905
Contact Phone 978-921-4628
Contact Email
Event Website
Single Day Event
The Moose Storytell/Spoken Word Open Mic
State: Maine
MOOSE, the Maine Organization Of Storytelling Enthusiasts, meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at the Portland Public Library in the Rines Auditorium.  Come early and sign up for your ten minutes of spoken word (please no readings) at the mic. Performances are best suited for adults and teenagers that listen like adults. The Rines auditorium is open after the Library is closed at 7pm, so please visit us down stairs even if the gate is closed and blocking the Library Entrance. Open mic is free from 7-8 pm and will
be followed by announcements and a brief intermission.
Suggested donation is $5.00 or more for the featured teller part of the program.
Portland Public Library in the Rines Auditorium
5 Monument Square Portland, Maine
Single Day Event
November 10th
State: Tennessee
A variety of stories by the Cleveland (TN) Storytelling Guild will be presented at the Public Library on Church Street. The two dates and times are to offer convenience for those who do not wish to get out at night.Folk tales, tall tales, personal stories; whatever suites your taste. Come and enjoy.

Thursday, 7PM; and Sunday, 2PM
Admission  No charge, collection baskets will be out
Cleveland/Bradley Public Library
Church Street & 7th
Cleveland, TN    
Single Day Event
The Storytellers Cafe' Story Slam
State: Kentucky
A family vacation, a trip with dad to the hardware store, bathing the family dog – all stories. A canoe trip with friends, a battle with cancer, an afternoon cleaning out the garage – all stories. A wedding day, a funeral, a birthday party – all stories. We all love to share our stories and love hearing others.

Storytelling is an art. An art that needs to be shared. Stories are how we connect to one another, how we communicate. Weather you’re telling your story or listening to others’ it’s all about communicating and connecting. Join the fun every 2nd Thursday at Common Grounds Coffee House for the Storytellers Café. You’ll be inspired, I guarantee it.

For Storytellers Cafe' club information, visit

7:00 to 9:00 pm
Admission  Free 
Common Grounds Coffee House
343 E. High St.
Lexington, KY 40507   
Single Day Event
November 11th
Monthly Ventura County, CA Storytelling Guild meeting
State: California
Ventura County Storytelling Guild meeting
The Ventura County Storytelling Guild mees on the 2nd Friday of the month from 6:30-8:45 p.m. at Proverbs Coffeehouse on the grounds of Peace Lutheran Church, 71 Loma Road, Camarillo. Occasionally there may be a conflict with the facility, so please write Elaine Muray at to reconfirm. All listeners and tellers welcome. Tellers should bring a 10-minute story to share if desired. $3-5 building use donation suggested.
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Donation of $3-$5.
71 Loma Road, Camarillo, CA 93003
November 12th
Tellabration 2011
State: California
Fresh back from being an Exchange Place teller at National Storytelling Network, Kirk Waller will MC our event to present Jean Ellison, Ed Lewis, Sara Armstrong, and Tyler Snortum-Phelps. Each with experience in telling to all ages, the evening promises to engage, enthrall, energize, and bring their stories to life.

3:00 - 5:00 pm
tickets $12

Antioch Public Library
501 W 18th St.
Antioch, CA 94509
Single Day Event
Tellabration Milwaukee
State: Wisconsin
The Milwaukee Area Story Telling guild (M.A.S.T.) presents TELLABRATION! 2011

TELLABRATION brings together storytellers from southeast Wisconsin to delight, captivate and mesmerize audiences with their tales. This is the 21st Milwaukee area TELLABRATION which had its beginnings in Connecticut in 1988. The event has grown into one of the most impressive collective events in the history of the modern storytelling revival.
For people who have never experienced a traditional storytelling performance and those who are loyal fans of tales well-told, this is an opportunity not to be missed.
This year we cast our story-net and drew in tellers from across the region and beyond.
Featured tellers: Judy Farrow Busack, Jerry Falkenstein, Kay Weeden, Tim McIntosh, Mary Norres, Tyler Hackworth, Suzie Garfield, and Erin Johnston will emcee
7:00 - 9:00 pm
$5 (MMC staff and students with a valid ID get in free)

Mount Mary College
92nd & Burleigh (92nd Street parking lot)
Milwaukee, Wis.
Single Day Event
State: Washington
The ancient tradition of storytelling is celebrated in “Tellabration” an evening of storytelling for grown-ups. Featured tellers are from the Mt. Tahoma Storytelling Guild.

Admission  $5

Antique Sandwich Co., 5102 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, WA.
(253) 983-9114
Single Day Event
Second Saturday Storytelling
State: Ohio
Enjoy traditional storytelling in the natural surroundings of Cleveland Metroparks on the second Saturday of most months. A venue for the best tellers from the Cleveland, Ohio area and beyond for over twelve years! Recently added: a story swap segment. After a featured teller/program and refreshments, share in a story swap with your own family-friendly stories. Ages: Adults and older students.
Time(s) 7:30 p.m.
Admission Free
Location -
CanalWay Visitor Center
E 49th St. Entrance
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Cuyahoga Hts, OH
Contact Phone 440-734-6660
Contact Email
Event Website
Tellabration! 2011
State: Ohio
The Tellabration tradition continues with an evening of storytelling for adults in Cleveland Metroparks at CanalWay Visitor Center. Five favorite local tellers create an excellent evening of tales, followed by refreshments and a visit with the tellers. Older children also welcome.
Time(s) 7-9 p.m.
Admission Free, Donations Accepted
Location - CanalWay Visitor Center, Ohio & Erie Cana, 4524 E 49th St., Cuyahoga Hts, OH 44125
Contact Phone 440-734-6660
Contact Email 

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