Such a big state California is! And among these 39,000,000 folks there are plenty of stories to tell. The National Storytelling Network is doing its best to reach out to storytellers all across the nation. And with such a diverse and well-populated state, being able to serve its many storytellers is a daunting task. You’d think that six state liaisons would be enough. But when my friend and tandem partner Cynthia Restivo and I looked at the map, we discovered that many parts of California are not served by NSN.
One of those un-served areas was right here on the Mother Lode in the Sierra Nevada foothills. And crazy me, after I had been dearly honored by NSN with the presentation of an Oracle Award for the Pacific region, I thought, “Well, missy, you’d better step up and raise your hand!”
So, now NSN does have a representative liaison on the Mother Lode…me. Beginning this month I am contacting libraries, schools, state parks, day care centers, museums and docent programs. Many of these folks are keenly aware of the power of story and storytelling, but they probably do not know about the National Storytelling Network. NSN is dedicated to advancing the art of storytelling in its many forms. Whether you are a teacher or librarian telling stories, a day care provider or a camp counselor, if you tell stories, then NSN has something to offer! This national network connects tellers of every experience and skill level through social media, through print publication, through conferences, workshops and festivals.
So, no matter what your interest level may be, contact me! Maybe you’re a hospital volunteer who enjoys reading to children, or maybe you’re a marketing director who wants to get out your client’s message–These are all legitimate applications of storytelling. I would love to chat with you about how to strengthen your presence as a teller. Or perhaps I can help you connect with the perfect person to assist you.
We’ll also be working to get the word out about storytelling events right here on the Mother Lode. So, keep me in your loop!