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Kalamazoo Valley Museum Virtual Storytelling Festival: February 6


Kalamazoo Valley Museum Storytelling Festival is going virtual! This year's theme is "Raising a Generation that Changes the World"

February 6, 2021, 1-6pm EST - free admission

Learn more at

Writers Union of Canada: Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers


The Writers Union of Canada has a Short Prose competition for Emerging Writers


It's a new year and a new time for writing. Consider submitting to The Writers' Union of Canada's Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers. Unpublished works of fiction and nonfiction up to 2,500 words in English are eligible, and writers may submit multiple entries. A $2,500 prize will be awarded to the winner, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines for consideration. The deadline for entries is February 12, 2021.

Hot Docs Podcast Festival

Hot Docs Podcast Festival

Hot Docs Podcast Festival is now online! Some of the best audio storytelling around will be showcased January 27-29, 2021. 

Come listen, learn and share your love of podcasts! Hot Docs Podcast Festival is back in a new virtual experience from January 27-29, 2021.

Join us in celebrating the power of audio storytelling to move, delight and keep us connected in our new socially-distanced reality. Go behind the scenes of your favourite shows, get exclusive creative insight, and be transported by the power of a good story.

Online Concert in support of StorySave- Join us for an afternoon of tales told by Caribbean and African Tellers

Online Concert in support of StorySave- Join us for an afternoon of tales told by Caribbean and African Tellers

Stories from the Motherland & Many Lands: Tales told by Caribbean and African Tellers

This show is mostly in English with short pieces in French

Sunday January 31, 2021 | 4pm EST

Click here to register for the concert!

The event will be hosted on Zoom.

Having trouble registering? Email


This is a free online concert with donations supporting the 2021 StorySave Rita Cox Project.

Donations can be made through, or by contacting


Concert artists are Anthony Audain, Bernadette Dyer, Comfort Ero, Djennie Laguerre, Gail Miller, Kesha Christie, Natasha Charles, Rita Cox. Itah Sadu will be hosting.

Kwanza Time with Aunti Oni: Stories in the House of Kwanzaa

Kwanza Time with Aunti Oni: Stories in the House of Kwanzaa
Stay tuned for a cultural podcast for children of all ages!  

It features a story/poetry/living history storytelling based on each principle of Kwanzaa, beginning December 26th, and a new one featured on each day of Kwanzaa until January 1st! 

Hot Docs Podcast Festival Call for Submissions

Hot Docs Podcast Festival Call for Submissions



Get air play at one of the world’s premier podcast festivals! An expanded platform for our country’s rich audio talent, Opening Act offers homegrown podcasters the opportunity to get their shows heard at Hot Docs Podcast Festival, running online and worldwide from January 27-29, 2021. 

An Interview with Pearl-Anne Gooding on StorySave Quilts


An interview with Pearl-Anne Gooding about Storytelling and Quilts- the StorySave quilt to be exact!

Canadian Storytelling Day 2020 Online Concert: Lands of Legends- Stories we Share


Canadian Storytelling Day 2020 Online Concert: Lands of Legends- Stories we Share

November 21st, 2020

1pm PST / 2pm MST / 3pm CST / 4pm EST/ 5pm AST / 5:30 NST


Join us this Saturday, November 21st, for a cross-country concert of tellers for the 2020 Canadian Storytelling Day. This year’s theme is Lands of Legends- Stories We Share. We are proud to showcase artists from across the country- from BC to Newfoundland! The event will be hosted on Zoom. 

Click here to register for the concert here!

Admission is pay-what-you-can. Donations can be made through

2020 Virtual Memorial Hour Rescheduled

Dear SC-CC members and friends,
We are sad to say that our Memorial Hour on November 1st was Zoom Bombed. Our sincere apologies go out to those who were in attendance. Therefore, we are rescheduling the Memorial Hour, with additional security measures for Sunday November 22nd at 2pm Eastern (11am Pacific, 12pm Mountain, 1pm Central, 3pm Atlantic, 3:30pm Newfoundland).
The new Memorial Hour will require pre-registration through Eventbrite. Registration is free!
Once you register, you will be emailed a confirmation that contains the Zoom link and password.
We are taking additional security measures- such as disabling self re-naming and extra support to manage waiting room and participant entry- to ensure that we are not susceptible to another Zoom bomb.
We thank everyone for their understanding and look forward to seeing you there!
Questions or concerns? Email

Ananse Soundsplash 2020

Ananse Soundsplash 2020
You are invited to Ananse Soundsplash 2020

Ntukuma, The Storytelling Foundation of Jamaica in collaboration with the Jamaica Library Service presents Ananse Soundsplash 2020! 
November 18 - 24, 2020

Email for more information

World Storytelling Day 2021 updates


A note from our World Storytelling Day Project Coordinator, Jennifer Cayely:


World Storytelling Day Grants

Virus or no, this has been an extravagantly beautiful fall; warm and bright with the colours more brilliant than they have been for years. While we are of course moving towards winter now, we are also moving nearer to the spring on the other side of it. With that spring comes World Storytelling Day (WSD). If you don’t know about WSD there’s more info here:  

Like everything else at the moment, the whole situation is a bit complicated. The WSD theme has not been announced yet though it is expected in a week or two. The regular deadline for WSD grant applications will consequently need to be changed, probably to around Dec. 1, 2020 with notification by Jan. 1, 2021 depending on exactly when the theme is clear.

In the meantime, I would encourage you to look at the information about the SC-CC,WSD grants

Start dreaming, planning, thinking now!

Fest Online Forum #9 - Online Storytelling


FEST Online Forum #9 - Online Storytelling

Online storytelling – what is it?

This workshop is led by the
European Storytellers Collective 
(Richard Martin, Aurora Piaggesi, John Rogers)

We will examine some of the presented issues, consider some possible answers and look at practical solutions.
Participant discussion is welcomed and encouraged!

The Festival interculturel du conte de Montréal receives a timely grant


We have just been advised by Montreal Intercultural Storytelling Festival’s Artistic Directory Stéphanie Bénéteau that the Festival has received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts in the category of Supporting Artistic Practice, to explore digital storytelling through video, podcast and participatory events.


Stéphanie advises “the title of the project is Diffusion numérique: recherche et exploration (digital performance - not a great translation of diffusion, which is more like broadcasting or presenting), research and exploration. Or maybe Storytelling on-line: research and exploration.”

Professional Storyteller website and forum disbanding


A message from Buck Creacy on behalf of Professional Storytellers: Professional Storyteller website and forum disbanding

Hello Everyone

As of today, Professional Storyteller is 2,391 members strong and it is actually the largest gathering of storytellers in the world.  Since April of 2012 I have been happily paying the bills to this service to the tune of $2395.20.  Early on, I naively placed a Donate button on the home page.  Just as naively believing that others would want to support Thinking that surely someone would help me a little.  But to date, there have been no donations.  I have retired and am no longer making $120,000 a year and thanks to the Covid-19; the world is shut down and devastating my plans.  No one is able to go out and tell, so... No one has any money for donations to keep PS afloat.  

Therefore this month will be the last month, If you have pictures or videos or stories that you want to keep.  Please download them back to your hard drive.

I want to especially thank Lois Sprengnether Keel for her amazingly kind support during this entire 8 year time.   Yes, I could make this a paid membership.  The whole idea was to keep it as open to our kind as possible.  Thank you LOiS... I enjoyed being your "boss"  You deserve some kind of metal or plaque or trophy for the lion share of work you performed for all of us.

This is the very last message you will receive from me through Professional Storyteller.  My  mind is made up. I cannot continue with this exercise in vanity.  I promised Dianne Del Las Casas that I would take care of this group.  But it is impossible for me to continue to carry on.  You have my blessings and best wishes for all of your bright futures.

I am certain that this news will cause some heartburn.  Please feel free to write me at

The end of this billing cycle will be the end of professional storyteller.

Visit Professional Storyteller at: http://professional

Story Fusion Cabaret – Our Past, Present, and Future Stories: A night of Indigenous Storytelling


Story Fusion Cabaret – Our Past, Present, and Future Stories

A night of Indigenous Storytelling

Showcasing established and emerging artists

Thursday October 7:30 EST

Pay What You Can with a suggested ticket price $10

 Eventbrite link. 

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