Summer Institutes and a Master’s Degree program for Storytellers at ETSU

East Tennessee State University offers a Master of Arts in Professional Communication (PCOM) with Concentration in Storytelling/Theatre. This is one of a select few fully accredited graduate programs in Professional and Applied Storytelling in the United States.

The ETSU Storytelling Institutes are short intensive master classes on particular topics within the field of contemporary storytelling. Established in 1992, ETSU Institute instructors have included many of the best-loved performers and teachers in the storytelling world. ETSU Summer Institutes are a great way for interested students to get a taste of the spirit and energy of the ETSU Storytelling Program.

These popular four day workshops may be attended by anyone–either for university credit or on a non-credit basis. Generally one graduate credit hour is available per institute. In-state tuition is available to those who enroll–no matter the residence of the enrollee; however you must go through the National Storytelling Network Instructional Credit Agreement to receive this special rate.

August 1st -3rd, 2016, Andy Offut Irwin will be instructing a course “Telling stories with Wit” ~ great opportunity to learn from one of the best Andy is one of the most sought after performing storytellers in the United States. Andy has been a featured teller at the International Storytelling Festival for 6 years and has received many awards for his work.

September 30th – October 2nd. Clare Muireann Murphy will teach you how to navigate a “Journey through the Landscape of Story” ~ this young woman is bright and creative in her multifaceted works and skills. Clare is a world renowned storyteller who is currently touring with the Royal Shakespeare Company and working internationally as a consultant and an artistic associate with the National Theatre.

For more information:

Or contact: Charis Hickson,Graduate Assistant, ETSU Storytelling Program, 423.439.7606

Voices Member Announces New Book

Voices Member Announces New Book:

Announcing the publication of Laura J. Bobrow’s new book, “The Book of Names.” published by Daffydowndilly Press 1840 West 220th Street, Suite 300 Torrance, CA 90501

Advance reviews:   “In the deeply eccentric and entirely charming tradition of Edward Lear, these quirky little poems open to the child’s imagination … a whole kaleidoscope of odd ideas. With their slightly crazed logic and addictive metrical form, with gleams of wisdom among their high jinks, they really represent a newly-invented form, like the limerick…… A delight.”              ~~ Frederick Turner

“—sure to delight young readers.” ~~Carmen Agra Deedy

Illustrations by the author. Available November 20th from,, or from the author at Price $10.