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Communication & Performance

College of Arts & Sciences


                             Why study Storytelling?

to develop a professional career as a performer, to foster dialogue across diverse populations, or to enhance work as teachers, community workers, business leaders, corporate trainers, ministers, counselors, and social justice workers.

The Appalachian region is rooted in the art of storytelling. Inspired by the storytelling revival of the 1970s and the successful National Storytelling Festival in nearby Jonesborough, Dr. Flora Joy established storytelling as an academic program in the 1980s with a focus on education. The program has grown to be recognized for its interdisciplinary applications and has broadened its career training scope. Today, students may pursue an undergraduate  storytelling minor, a graduate storytelling certificate, or the Communication and Storytelling Studies master’s degree. They have opportunities to learn from professional tellers through the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough and through intensive storytelling institutes offered at ETSU. Students can attain mastery as performers and proficiency in storytelling applications across a wide range of occupations.

Students in the ETSU Storytelling Program concentrate on performance skill and craft in order to pursue a professional storytelling career, to foster dialogue across diverse populations, or to enhance their work as teachers, community workers, business leaders, corporate trainers, ministers, counselors, and social justice workers. 

Our students also have the opportunity to be join TaleTellers, an ETSU student organization that serves our region by bringing storytelling off campus and into the community. Members hone their skill and talent as they gain experience telling for festivals, slams, schools, and community groups. Membership is open to all ETSU students.

Out of state students who join the National Storytelling Network pay in-state tuition rates through NSN.

Storytelling Programs

Master’s in Communication & Storytelling Studies: 
 View the course requirements here.

Graduate Certificate in Storytelling
View the course requirements here.

Minor in Storytelling:
 View course requirements here. 
View descriptions/offerings of Storytelling courses..

Creative Arts Scholarship 
View requirements and online application here.

Short intensive master classes in the field of contemporary storytelling.

Storytelling students present their storytelling to your organization.

Why Storytelling Matters:

  • From The Chronicle of HIgher Education, Why Storytelling Matters in Fields Beyond the Humanities
  • If you are unable to access the article, a full text version can be found here.

Summer Storytelling Institutes

  • Click here for past Summer Storytelling Institutes.

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