March 25, 2011

How many storytellers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

How many storytellers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

Light bulb Outtake

Two: one to screw it almost all the way in and the other to give it a surprising twist at the end.

Posted recently to the Storytell Discussion list by Florida storyteller Pat Nease (reprinted here with her permission).

Photo by Kim'n'Cris Knight

March 18, 2011

Counting Down to World Storytelling Day

For many storytellers around the world, the equinox in March means World Storytelling Day, an international tradition going back two decades in some countries.

It's been interesting reading about how various storytellers around the world have been preparing and thinking about this event.

Get Storied founder Michael Margolis, well, he gets things done. I've known aboust W.S.D. planning since September of last year-- I think he just learned about it, but inside of a week he registered some domain names, threw up a website, and invited his network to join in a crowdsourced virtual storytelling event. It's been exciting to see how many of his network are finding out about this global tradition. Anyone can listen to or add to his virtual collection of stories online at

I'm eager to see how the storytelling video fest works out.

I want to participate, but the open call is for personal stories. I don't usually tell personal stories... I actually have one that fits the theme of water... but in thinking about putting it on video, and posting it, I've been practicing the story, and I made a discovery.... I'm terrible at telling my own personal stories.

Gonna rethink this.