About the Program

Master's Degree Program
Master of Arts in Reading/Storytelling with a Concentration in Storytelling.

Graduate Certificate
21 credit hour Graduate Certificate in Storytelling. Training in Storytelling Performance without certain academic requirements required by the degree program.

Interdisciplinary Coursework
Exploring the intersections of storytelling with education, theater, communications, folklore, Appalachian and
other ethnic/regional studies, linguistics, psychology, business, music, ministry, and more.


ETSU Storytelling Institutes

Summer master classes led by leading figures in contemporary storytelling. See Institute page for recent instructors and topics.

Storytelling Concerts and Workshops

Featuring a wide variety of local and international talent. Recent ETSU Storytelling concerts have included Elizabeth Ellis, David Novak, Carol Birch, Milbre Birch, Dovie Thomason, Hiroko Fujita and Fran Stallings, Jay O�Callahan, Willy Claflin, Odds Bodkin, Eddie Lenihan, and many others.

ETSU TaleTellers
The student storytelling troupe tours regionally each semester, bringing high quality storytelling to area schools, festivals, and community organizations.

Storytelling in Higher Education
ETSU Storytelling is a proud sponsor of the Storytelling in Higher Education (SHE) Special Interest Group of the National Storytelling Network, and an editorial home of Storytelling, Self, Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Storytelling Studies.

The National Storytelling Festival Experience
The NSF in nearby Jonesborough, Tennessee, is the oldest and largest showcase for contemporary storytelling in the U.S. ETSU Storytelling students serve as behind-the-scenes interns for the festival, as well as for the National Storytelling Network, the principal professional storytelling membership organization, also headquartered in Jonesborough.

Storytelling Library
Sherrod Library is a full-service library with over 40,000 stories and great storytelling resources. In addition, the Storytelling Program has extensive holdings of contemporary storytelling tapes, books, and CDs.