Storytelling Organizations &

Storytelling Guilds

You're never far from a story

Backporch Storytellers

Charleston, SC

Alexis Reeder


Backporch Storytellers is a non-profit organization serving as a support group for adult storytellers and listeners. It is a resource group for people interested in oral literature. The mission of the organization is to preserve and perpetuate the ancient art of Storytelling, and to preserve the multi-cultural stories of the Old South, which includes Sea Island and Gullah tales and stories. Backporch Storytellers operate mainly out of Charleston, SC. Membership includes storytellers from throughout the Lowcountry. Stories are performed everywhere!


Charleston Area Professional Storytellers

236 Smythe Drive
Summerville, SC 29485

(843) 324-1366

Charleston Area Professional Storytellers (ChAPS) is a local group dedicated to: 1) providing opportunities for professional storytellers to find work in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, 2) introducing new audiences to the art of storytelling, 3) strengthening professional tellers artistic and business skills. Members are David Baxley, Hawk Hurst, Minerva King, Tim Lowry, Linda Stout, and Claire Willett.



Charleston County Public Library

68 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC 29401

(843) 805-6930

Email Cynthia Bedsoe at

Charleston County Public Library connects our diverse community to information, fosters lifelong learning and enriches lives. With 16 branch locations throughout Charleston County and a Bookmobile, you are sure to find a library close by. CCPL supports and promotes storytelling throughout the year with numerous performances at locations throughout the county, and participates in such special storytelling events such as Tellebration and producing the Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival.



Clemson Area StoryTellers Guild

Contact Judy Seely (864) 855-6396




Clemson Area StoryTellers (CAST) Guild promotes and celebrates the art of Storytelling. The purpose of CAST is the preservation of oral narratives - stories passed down from generation to generation - for families and the community. We also celebrate the performance of stories for all ages, children to adults. We meet the 4th Tuesday of each month, at 7 pm, the ARTS Center, Clemson (go to for directions.)



Friends of the Anderson County Library

Contact: MarybethEvans 864-260-4500, ext. 107



The Friends of the Anderson Cunty Library has sponsored the week-long Starburst Storytellers Fessival each year since 2001, in cooperation with Anderson University. It features nationally and regionally recognized tellers and over 30,000 school children have been entertained over the past decade.



Greenville Storyteller's Guild

Contact Monty Tucker, (864) 298-0201

Other contact. Eva Marie Lowry, (864) 244-7370 or email

We invite the general public to come and join us at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 7 Shannon Dr., Greenville, SC 29615 (corner of Edwards Road and Shannon Drive), every third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Come to participate in the joy of telling stories or be a listener.   Informal and relaxed setting.  All welcome.



Lowcountry Storytellers Guild

Beaufort. Contact: Cora Newcomb, (843) 597-2434 or email:



Peace-Pass It
The organization provides storytelling, anti-bullying programs, and materials for students in elementary schools.



Stone Soup Storytelling Institute

Karyn Page-Davies, Chair

PO Box 171

Woodruff, SC 29388


Support literacy, communication and diversity- come to the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival, The Official Storytelling Festival of South Carolina. Downtown, Woodruff, SC each April. Soup and Story, Storytelling, Ghost Stories, Storytelling Workshops, Amateur Story Slam Competition, Lunch and Laugh, 5K and Cycling , Local Artisans. Many free events. For more information on the schedule, tickets, entry forms and lodging, contact us at or on Facebook at Stone Soup Storytelling Festival or call the Woodruff Library (864-476-8770). Follow us on Facebook for updates.



Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast, Inc. (SACS)

31 South Main Street
Laurinburg, SC 28352
(910) 277-3599


The Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast, Inc. (SACS) preserves and enriches performing, literary and visual arts for children and adults through education, performances, research, workshops, professional development, and writing. As a catalyst for community and economic development in Scotland County, the Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast stimulates sustainable tourism, grows business, creates and maintains jobs, and promotes Scotland County as a tourist retirement destination by advancing artistic excellence and cultural activities. SACS assists artists, arts and cultural entities in providing programs and activities that benefit the community.


SACS presents the annual Storytelling Festival of Carolina the third weekend in October featuring the best storytellers in the nation, workshops, the Ghostly Gala and soooo much more! In addition, the third weekend in January is the Bold-faced Liars' Showdown, where storytellers across the southeast compete for the best liar awards and cash prizes. The third Monday night of each month, the Story Spinners Guild meets, attracting tellers from 2 and 3 hours away ... the best in coaching, critiquing and comraderie. check our website for other activities and programs.



Tellers of Two Cities Guild

Central Savannah River Area. Contact: Bob Linsenmayer, (864) 391-2130 or email:

A storytelling troupe, formed in 1987, with members from Augusta GA, Aiken SC and nearby towns. The Tellers of Two Cities is a Guild of the South Carolina Storytelling Network and Cluster Group of the Southern Order of Storytellers (GA).



Three Rivers Storytellers

Columbia Area. Contact: Frances Lee O'Neal, 803-635-3027, or email