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Granite State Story Swap

Saturday, May 6, 2017
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Seacoast Science Center
570 Ocean Boulevard
Odiorne Point State Park
Rye, NH

Produced by New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance

The cost for the entire day is $25 ($15 for members) which includes:

  • breakfast & lunch
  • admission to the keynote address
  • eight story swap groups
  • two storytelling concerts
  • parking fee

Featured Speaker - Judith Black

Judith Black, storytellerNew perspectives on our national history, tickling familial dysfunction, aging, and human quirks are all fodder for Judith’s tales.

Featured on stages from the Montreal Comedy Festival to The Smithsonian Institution, to the Art Museum of Cape Town, she has appeared 15 times at the National Storytelling Festival, and is the winner of the Oracle Award, storytelling’s most coveted laurel.

Judith has taught storytelling to build leadership skills at organizations as diverse as ESSEC Business School in Cergy, France, Unilever, and The Rockewell Museum.

She has helped professionals, from clergy to therapists to body workers discover and shape stories that forward their personal and professional goals.

As adjunct faculty in Lesley University’s graduate school for 25 years, she taught teachers to extend their curricular, cognitive, and social/emotional objectives through this ancient art.

For more information, check out her website.


Granite State Story Swap 2016


Program Details

bird sculptures near lake in New HampshireThe morning begins at 8:00 am with registration and breakfast followed by some announcements and the keynote address at 9:00 am. This is followed by your first chance to tell your own story in the story swap circle.

Then who can resist the "free" lunch provided to us by our sponsors and board members? What a great time to get together and talk story.

Since the beginning, the afternoon concerts with multiple tellers have been a highlight.

This year there will be a concert of storytellers presenting stories, followed by story swap circles and ending with the closing concert featuring Judith Black.

Anyone wishing to attend only Judith's afternoon concert can do so for a fee of $10 (no member discount). You can purchase tickets for this concert below or at the door on the day of the concert.

Hotel Information

Comfort Inn Portsmouth
1190 Lafayette Rd.
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Guests may call the hotel directly to secure their own reservations, and are responsible for their own room payment. The discounted room rate is TBA per room per night for one or two adults, one or two queen size beds.

There is an extra charge for more than two adults. Children stay free.

Hotel Amenities:

  • Hot breakfast buffet, 6-10 am each day, with sausage, eggs, fresh whole fruits, make-your-own waffles, yogurt, juices and more
  • All rooms have fridges, microwaves and free WiFi
  • 50' indoor pool, hot tub and fitness center

Register Online for Granite State Story Swap

Register online to reserve your spot for the Granite State Story Swap and to purchase tickets for the event.

For more information, contact Lauretta Phillips at or phone: 603-735-5965