Thursday, April 7, 2016

National Association of Black Storyteller's Annual Conference

Have you been thinking to yourself...

'Boy o howdy, I sure would like to go to the National ASSOCIATION OF BLACK STORYTELLERS (NABS) conference and festival in Philadelphia, PA – November 2-6, 2016.

I'll bet it will be amazing!

 I'll bet there will be great performers! I

'll bet there will be interesting sessions.

If you have been thinking these thoughts, well, you are correct!

It will be amazing!

There will be great performers!

There will be interesting sessions!

'Alas," you might think, 'I'm short of funds for such a trip.'

Well, worry not! Funds are available.

The National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS) is offering the second annual Cowtail Switch Scholarship to young adults interested in learning, developing, and using storytelling in their respective community. 

Winners of the scholarships will be mentored by others at the National Association of Black Storytellers Festival and Conference. Information about the conference may be found on the NABS website (

Terrific! But who can apply for these funds?

Who May Apply?
Adults ages 18-35 interested in using the oral tradition in various venues: libraries, day cares, schools, community centers, etc.

Okay, okay. But if I win, what will I get?

-Free registration to full conference, beginning Wednesday, November 2 through Sunday, November 6, 2016. 

-This will include workshops, Opening Gala, Circle of Elders, Zora Neale Hurston storytelling concerts and other storytelling programs within the Festival, and the closing Mama Linda Goss Spiritual Breakfast.

 -Three nights shared lodging at conference hotel – Wyndam Hotel Philadelphia 

So, a completely free ride? 

Well, not exactly.

Additional Requirements
Must provide own transportation to/from conference
Must pay own meals that are not included in registration
Must pay for all incidental expenses (parking, etc.)
Must be willing to work as a volunteer during the conference and meet with NABS Leadership. Winner(s) will be asked to complete an evaluation, to provide ideas for attracting future Cowtail Switch Scholarship recipients to the NABS festival, and to write a letter to thank scholarship contributors. 

How many people are going to be able to take advantage of this opportunity?

At least one scholarship will be awarded. If additional funding is received, an additional scholarship will be granted. Members of the Cowtail Scholarship Committee will judge applications and determine scholarship winners. Applications are due May 28, 2016 (postmark date). Winner(s) will be notified by June 30, 2016 and must register for the conference by July 15, 2016.

All right, so how do I apply? 

Glad you asked!

Application Process
Please provide the following information via email or U.S. mail: Name, Address, City, State, Zip
Telephone Numbers (home and cell)
Email Address
Employer/Job Title or School/Year
Date of Birth
Storytelling experience (either telling or listening)

Answer the following questions:
1. Why are you interested in attending the National Association of Black Storytellers Festival and Conference?
2. Have you ever attended a NABS festival? If so, what years?
3. What do you hope to gain by attending?
4. How can storytelling be used in your present or desired line of work?

Email your application letter to:, or mail your application to: NABS Cowtail Switch Scholarship Committee, c/o Sandra Williams Bush, PO Box 452, Amherst, NY 14226.
APPLICATION DUE DATE: May 28, 2016 (postmark date)

Good Luck, and I'll see you PA!

Happy Conferencing!

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