Want to find a storytelling event near you—or an organization you could join?  Our Northeast region is rich in opportunities!

Please contact us at nestorytelling@gmail.com to let us know about any corrections or additions we should make to these lists.

CONNECTICUT

 Organizations

The Connecticut Storytelling Center
Location: Connecticut College, New London, CT
Contact: Ann Shapiro, Director
Email: info@connstorycenter.org
Description: Tellebration, annual Storytelling Festival, and school programs

Talewaggers of Housatonic Valley
Contact: Monica Peterson
Email: monica@monicapeterson.com
Description: Regular storytelling in Trumble/Shelton area

SpeakUp
Location: Hartford, CT
Contact: Matthew Dicks
Email: speakupstorytelling@gmail.com
Description: Hartford-based org that promotes personal storytelling.

Hither and Yon
Location: Hartford, CT area
Contact: Liz Gruber
Email: lizziegruber@yahoo.com
Description: Meets monthly at members’ homes on either Sun. afternoons or Monday or Tuesday evenings

Story Sharing at the Institute Library
Location: 847 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT
Contact: Arnie Pritchard
Email: Apritchard01@snet.net
Description: Meets the third Thursday of the month. The group gives its members an opportunity to share stories in a very informal atmosphere.

Storytelling Anon
Location: Fairfield County
Contact: Janet Davis
Email: storytellinganon@yahoo.com
Description: Local story sharing circles and events 

The Tellers
Location: Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT
Contact: Madelein Schuster
Email: madeleinschuster@yahoo.com
Description: Informal story-sharing group meets first Monday of the month

New London Storytellers
Location: Thames Club, New London
Contact: Jennifer Munro
Email: jennie.munro@comcast.net
Description: Meets every third Saturday, 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon. We work on developing our individual stories and honing our storytelling skills.

Recurrent Events

College Slams
Location: Storrs and throughout CT
Contact: Carolyn Stearns
Email: mothermoo2001@yahoo.com
Description: Massmouth-inspired open mic story slams on college campuses throughout Connecticut. Culminates in competitive “Slam Off.”

See also the recurrent events listed under the following organizations:  Story Sharing at the Institute Library, The Tellers, and New London Storytellers.

MAINE

Organizations

MOOSE (Maine Organization of Storytelling Enthusiasts)
Location: Portland, Maine area
Email: moose4events@gmail.com
Description: Adult story swap (all kinds of stories welcome) and featured teller, 2nd Wednesday of every Month

Western Maine Storytelling
Location: Farmington, Maine region
Contact: Rob Lively
Email: westernmainestorytelling@gmail.com
Description: WMS produces workshops and individual storytelling events throughout the year at local venues.

LOONS – Lovers Of Old & New Stories
Location: Trenton, Maine
Contacts: Hope Lewis and Jude Lamb
Emails: hope3944@gmail.com and judelamb@mac.com
Description: Monthly adult gathering for all kinds of storytelling, first Friday of the month: 1:30 – 2:45 Performances, 2:45 – 3:30 Discussion of plans, skills and opportunities.

Charlotte Hobbs Story Swap
Location: Lovell, Maine
Contact: Jo Radner
Email: jradner@american.edu
Description: An adult storytelling swap group. Meets on the third Friday of the month. 5-minute stories on the theme of the month.

The W.O.O.D.S. (Western Order of Dedicated Storytellers) Guild
Location: Farmington, Maine
Email: westernmainestorytelling@gmail.com
Description: Monthly (mainly adult, though children are welcome) gathering for storytelling of all sorts, 3rd Thursday of every month

Recurrent Events

Seanachie Nights
Location: Bull Feeney’s Pub, Portland, Maine
Contact: Lynne Cullen
Email: thetwacorbies@yahoo.com
Description: Performance Series for adults with a focus on traditional storytelling and music (Celtic/British and more)

The Corner
Location: She Doesn’t Like Guthries Restaurant & Cafe, Lewiston, ME
Contact: Kathleen Juten
Email: cometothecorner@gmail.com
Description: True, first-person stories on a different theme at 7:00 pm on the second Thursday of every month, some by pre-picked tellers, some by teller drawn from a fishbowl.

Sound Bites
Location: Frontier, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, ME
Contact:
Description: Third Thursdays of the month, May-November. A collaboration between the Salt Institute for Documentary studies at MECA, The Corner storytelling series in Lewiston, and Frontier.

Jesup Memorial Library Story Slam
Location: Bar Harbor, ME
Contact:
Description: Story Slam every other month (alternates with a poetry slam ), 3rd Thursday

See also the recurrent events listed under the following organizations: MOOSE, LOONSCharlotte Hobbs Story Swap, and the W.O.O.D.S.

MASSACHUSETTS

Organizations

massmouth
Location: Boston area
Contact: http://www.massmouth.org/
Email: stories@massmouth.com
Description: Adult story slams on regular basis at locations in Cambridge and Boston, culminating in an annual “Big Mouthoff” in April.

South Shore Story Slams
Location: South Shore area
Contact: Andrea Lovett
Email: Love2tell2@aol.com
Description: regular slams in the South Shore area, culminating in a competitive “Slam Off” at the end of the season (May/June).

Story Club Boston
Location: Milky Way Lounge, Jamaica Plain, MA
Contact: Ken Greene
Email:
Description: Regular open mics and features; meets the fourth Monday of the month

ReadBoston
Location: Boston
Contact:
Email: ReadBoston@boston.gov
Description: ReadBoston is a non-profit agency with a comprehensive early literacy program that includes a summer storytelling schedule that brings professional storytellers and free books to at-risk neighborhood in Boston.

Stories in the Streets
Location: Lawrence area and Brockton area
Contact: Nicolette Nordin Heavey
Email: nicolettestory@gmail.com
Description: A program that engages families in public places with storytelling. Focuses on at-risk communities.

Worcester Story Circle
Location: Worcester area
Contact: Cindy Maybeck
Email: cmaybeck@gmail.com
Description:

Storytelling – Writing Group
Location: Easthampton Library
Contact: Gail Herman
Email: gail@gailherman.net
Description: once a month

Andover Story Guild
Location: Andover, MA
Contact: Susan Lenoe
Email: susanlenoe@gmail.com
Description: Regular meeting of local storytellers hosted in homes.

 

NEST Storyteller, Onawumi Jean Moss

Recurrent Events

Story Space
Location: Out of the Blue Too Gallery, Cambridge
Contact: http://www.storyspace.org/Home.asp
Email: info@storyspace.org
Description: Tuesdays. Open mic followed by featured storyteller.

Story Café
Location: Bedford, MA Public Access TV
Contact: Karen Chace
Email: storybug@aol.com
Description: A series of TV programs each featuring an interview with and performance by a storyteller.

Fugitive Stories
Location: The Gallery at Villageworks, West Acton, MA.
Contact: Rose Saia & David Gerratt
Email: stories@FugitiveProductions.com
Description: Monthly, Sundays -- Moth-inspired true storytelling told live.

Adult Folktale Telling
Location: Cambridge area
Contact: Doria Hughes
Email: doriaaphughes@me.com
Description: A monthly program of open mic folktale telling for adults.

Boston Storytelling Potluck
Location: Boston area
Contacts: Ralph Chadis and Miriam Diamond-Barber
Emails: nytb@comcast.net and msdiamond@rcn.com
Description: Storyteller get-togethers held several times a year

Storytelling Workshop at Mt. Holyoke
Location: Mt. Holyoke College
Contact: Gail Herman
Email: gail@gailherman.net
Description: Storytelling workshop during January term

Grown-up Storytime
Location: Somerville
Contact:
Email: BostonGyst@boston.org
Description:

Stories in the Orchard
Location: Easthampton
Contact: Gail Herman
Email: gail@gailherman.net
Description:

Winter Solstice Celebration
Location: Bekki’s Roundhouse
Contact: Tim Van Egmond
Email: tim@timvanegmond.com
Description: Annual Benefit Concert

Book Fest Story Slam
Location: Easthampton
Contact: Gail Herman
Email: gail@gailherman.net
Description:

Boston Comedy Chicks
Location: Boston and Jamaica Plain
Contact: Robin Maxfield
Email: info@bostoncomedychicks.com
Description: Features stand-up comedy, song, storytelling and genre-bending comedy.

See also the recurrent events listed under the following organization: Story Club Boston

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Organizations

NH Storytelling Alliance
Location: East Andover, NH
Contact: John Sanders
Email: johnthebuddhist@gmail.com
Description: Promotes the oral tradition of storytelling throughout NH. Produces annual events: Dawnland Storyfest in February, Granite State Story Swap in May, and White Mountain Storytelling Festival in September

NH Storytelling Alliance
Location: Laconia, NH
Contact: Claire Chandler
Email: memerestales@gmail.com
Description:

Souhegan Storytelling Guild
Location: Amherst Town Library, Amherst, NH
Contact: Richard Hart
Email: richhart49@gmail.com
Description: Meets 1st Tuesday of each month

Seacoast Storytelling Guild
Location: Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, NH
Contact: Debra Ballou
Email: seacoaststorytellersnh@gmail.com
Description: Meets 1st Wednesday of each month

Central NH Storytelling Guild
Location: Horseshoe Pond Place Senior Center, Concord, NH
Contact: Lauretta Phillips
Email: lphillipstale@comcast.net
Description: Meet 2nd Tuesday

Southern NH Storytelling Guild
Location: Nashua Public Library, Nashua, NH
Contact: John Sanders
Email: JohnTheBuddhist@gmail.com
Description: Meets 3rd Tuesday of each month

Monadnock Storytelling Circle
Location: Peterborough Town Library, Peterborough, NH
Contact: Chris Ekblom
Email: ChrisEkblom@gmail.com
Description: Meets 3rd Wednesday of each month

Mountain Storytellers Guild
Location: Conway Public Library, Conway, NH
Contact: Matthew Krug
Email: krugmg@gmail.com
Description: Meets 4th Monday of each month

Recurrent Events

Storytelling Dinners at Corner House Inn
Location: Corner House Inn, Ctr. Sandwich, NH
Contact: Don Brown
Email: don@cornerhouseinn.com
Description: Dinner and featured storyteller every Thursday Oct-May

True Tales Live - Storytelling Programs at PPMtv
Location: Portsmouth Public Media TV, Portsmouth, NH
Contacts: John Lovering and Pat Spalding
Emails: truetaleslive1@gmail.com and patspalding@gmail.com
Description: Workshops in crafting personal tales meet 1st Tuesday Sept.-June; Storytelling Programs scheduled on last Tuesday Sept.-June; Six tellers tell first-person stories and are recorded. Live audience is welcome.

Long Story Short
Location: 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH
Contact:
Email: info@3sarts.org

Right Between the Ears
Location: RiverStones Custom Framing, Rochester, NH
Contact: Joanne Piazzi
Email: jpsunflowerseeds@yahoo.com
Description: Meets 2nd Friday, Nov-June – Short musical introduction begins at 6:45 with a different featured storyteller each month.

The Mudroom at the Ava Gallery
Location: Ava Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, NH
Contact:
Email: mudroom@avagallery.org
Description: Quarterly storytelling 3rd Thursdays, March/June/Sept/Dec

Sap House Stories
Location: Sap House Meadery LLC, Center Ossipee, NH
Contact: Matt Trahan
Email: matt@saphousemeadery.com
Description: Feature storytellers, 3rd Fridays, Jan thru May

Tea & Tales
Location: Franklin Public Library, Franklin, NH
Contact: Ruth Niven
Email: ruthniven@hotmail.com
Description: Meets Last Tuesday of each month. Doors open at 7pm, open mic at 7:30 pm followed by refreshments and featured teller at 8:10pm.

The Vine Story Hour
Location: Avenue A Teen & Community Ctr, Antrim, NH
Email: avenue@grapevinenh.org
Description: Based on MOTH Story Hour, invites tellers to try out their story on Avenue A stage or to just come and listen.

NEW YORK

Organizations

Story Circle of the Capital District
Location: Albany/Schenectady/Troy
Contact:
518-383-4620
Email:
Description: Storytelling guild that meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday or Wednesday of the month for adults and youth twelve and over who are interested in practicing a new story or listening to the story sharing (story-circle.org)

Children at the Well
Youth Storytellers for Peace & Understanding
Location: Capital Region of NYS
Contact: Paula Weiss
Email: directorcaw@gmail.com
Description: A coached program for diverse groups of young people aged 11 to 18. Participants meet weekly with coaches and are part of various events year round.

Black Dirt Storytelling Guild
Location: Florida Public Library, Florida, NY
Contact: (845) 651 7659
Description: The Black Dirt Storytelling Guild is open to all story lovers age 16 and up. The Guild meets on the second Thursday of every month. Events include summer Campfire Storytime sessions, Tellabration and other programs.

The Storytelling Center of New York City
Location: New York City
Contact:
Email:

Storycorps
Location: 80 Hanson Pl. 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Contact: 646-723-7020
Description: StoryCorps calls itself “America’s oral history project”. It has collected over 60,000 interviews from over 100,000 participants with diverse backgrounds, the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered. The recordings are archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

The Moth
Location: 75 Broad St., NY, NY
Contact: 212-742-0551
Description: True stories told live. Multiple venues.

Rye Storytelling Guild
Location: Rye Free Reading Room
Contact: Angela Calderella
Email: booksamc@aol.com
Description: Meets first Tuesday of the month from 6-8pm (914-967-0480)

The Long Island Storytelling Network (LISN)
Location: Emma S. Clark Library, Setauket, NY
Contact: Harvey Heilbrun
Email: lisntellers@gmail.com
Description: Third Sunday of every month, open story sharing meeting.

Recurrent Events

Stories for Inquiring Minds
Location: Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Cafe, Saugerties, NY
Contact:
Description: Story night the 3rd Friday of each month. Host Janet Carter and a guest tell stories from literature, mythology, & personal experience.

Interfaith Story Circle of Dutchess County, NY
Location: Dutchess County
Contact: Gert Johnson
Email: grsjohnson@aol.com
Description: Features storytellers who tell a prepared story on a chosen theme; then we open the floor for those in attendance.

Interfaith Story Circle Program
Location: Albany, Schenectady Troy, NY,
Contact:
Email: ifsc.tricity@gmail.com
Description: Group shares stories and storytelling resources with those others who believe in the moral, the spiritual and healing power of story. Each month, from September to June, hosted by a different faith community.

Bady House Storytelling Concerts
Location: 85 Chester Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Contact: Robin Bady
Email: robbady@gmail.com
Description: Monthly house concerts, featuring one out-of-town performer and two New York tellers. Sunday evenings.

Q.E.D.
Location: Q.E.D. Café, Astoria, NY
Email: QEDAstoria@gmail.com
Description: Monthly personal storytelling events and open mics, on such themes as “Talk Therapy”, “My First Time”, “The Rivalry”, “Brutally Honest.”

Word: The Storytelling Show
Location: The Sidewalk Bar and Restaurant, NYC
Contact:
Description: Monthly performance of People Telling True Stories and Live Music with some of the great storytellers. Third Wednesday of the month

RISK! Live in NYC
Location: The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY
Contact:
Description: Monthly live personal storytelling show for ages 21 and over. Third Wednesday of the month

Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling
Location: Central Park, NYC
Email: storymentor2010@gmail.com
Description: Professional storytellers tell children’s fairy tales and folk tales, by Hans Christian Andersen and others. Saturdays, June – September.

NEW YORK STORY EXCHANGE
Location: The Cornelia St. Café, NYC
Contact:
Description: Second Tuesday of the Month. Four featured tellers, followed by a "5 for 5 Open STORY Exchange." Up to five audience members can get five minutes each onstage to share stories, poems, spoken word or music!

Story Slam
Location: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, NYC

Story Slam
Location: Flushing Town Hall, Queens, NY

Story Slam
Location: The National Black Theatre, NYC

Story Slam
Location: The Great Hall at Cooper Union New York, NY

Story Slam
Location: Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY

Storytelling
Location: Hammondsport
Contact: Cris Riedel
Email: crisriedel05@gmail.com
Description:

Occastonae – Story Slam/Open Mic
Location: Peekskill
Contact: Judith Heineman
Email: juhestories@aol.com
Description:

Story Circle at Proctors
Location: Schenectady
Contact: Kate Dudding
Email: kate@katedudding.com
Description: storytelling production at an art center

Storytelling School Program
Location: PS333 UWS NYC
Contact: Mary Ann Schmidt
Email: storytellingmse@gmail.com
Description: K-3 storytelling open to guest tellers

Mostly True Things
Location: Long Island
Contact: Jude Treder-Wolff
Email: bookings@lifestage.org
Description: A storytelling show with a game component

https://www.mostlytruethings.com

 See also the recurrent events listed under the following organizations: Story Circle of the Capital District, Black Dirt Storytelling Guild, Rye Storytelling Guild, and The Long Island Storytelling Network (LISN)

RHODE ISLAND

Organizations

Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS)
Location: Providence, RI
Contact: 401-421-7427
Description: Annually, RIBS presents FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling. The week-long celebration is observed every January from Martin Luther King birthday (Monday) through the following Sunday.

Providence Improv Guild
Location: Providence, RI
Email: info@improvpig.com
Description:

Laotian Community Center of Rhode Island
Location: Smithfield, RI
Contact:
Description: LCC Oral Stories & Digital Storytelling Project helps create community dialogue and interaction to capture the stories from the people of the Lao community to help us document the preservation of customs, traditions and history.

Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island
Location: Providence, RI
Contact:
Description: Hold various storytelling events

Recurrent Events

Live Bait: True Stories from Real People
Location: Providence, RI
Contact: Phil Goldman
Email:
Description: true-life storytelling show, held the first Friday of every month.

Latino History of Rhode Island
Location: Providence
Contact: Marta V. Martinez
Email: marta@rilatinoart.org
Description:

VERMONT

Organizations

Vermont Story Lab
Location: Montpelier, VT area
Contacts: Barbara Ganley and Geoffrey Gevalt
Description: A network of Vermont nonprofits and individuals “with one really big goal: to explore and support storytelling for change.”

Vermont Folklife Center
Location: Middlebury, VT
Email: info@vermontfolklifecenter.org
Description: Although the VT Folklife Center’s activities are varied, its activities often involve oral history, ethnography, and storytelling.

Vermont Ghosts, Myths, Folklore...
Description: A group that posts about Vermont ghostlore.

Recurrent Events

extempoVT
Location: Central Vermont --Barre-Montpelier area
Email: storytelling@extempovt.com

Description: extempo is a monthly live storytelling event for adults at which anyone—who both signs up & rehearses in advance—may get up on stage and tell an original true story from his or her own life.

STVT -- Storytelling VT
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: 1st person, true stories 5-7 min. long; first Tuesday of month.
Themes announced and tellers sign up on Facebook Page.

Want to find a storytelling event near you—or an organization you could join?  Our Northeast region is rich in opportunities!

Please contact us at nestorytelling@gmail.com to let us know about any corrections or additions we should make to these lists.