[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Marla Cartwright of the CTL.]
As anyone who’s talked to me for more than five minutes quickly figures out, I’m from the South. (It’s usually my “bless your heart” and “ya’ll” that give it away). And, like most Southerners, I love a good story. In the summer time, my family loves to sit out on the porch and tell a good ghost story in the fading light of the day. Although, I have to say, I’m usually better at listening than telling a story, since I invariably leave out a key detail . . . LOL.
I’d say enjoying a good story is part of our cultural heritage; we tell funny stories about loved ones, regional stories about settlers and place names and ghost stories that usually have a nugget of wisdom (if not truth). In fact, one of the nation’s largest and most recognized storytelling festival is literally just down the road from me:
If you think about it, many of the most popular country music hits tell a good story. Must be something in the water.
But you don’t have to be from here to love stories. In fact, there are dozens of storytelling festivals all over the country. If you’d like to locate a Storytelling Festival in your state (or around the world), check out this directory. Go to tell a story, listen to a story or just enjoy.