You are invited to tell a story in the virtual Chennai Storytelling Festival 2021 (the 9th annual
edition of this Festival) !
Story theme: healing, growing, and maturing.
Genre(s): folk, fairy, literary, historical, personal, original
Running Time: up to 10 minutes / story followed by up to 10 minute discussion (20 minute slot)
Note: Storytellers are encouraged to visualize tales and to tell in an interpersonal, interactive, candid style.
The available time-slots are:
3:30pm-3:50pm, Sat 6th Feb (USA Eastern time).
3:20pm-3:40pm, Sat 20th Feb (USA Eastern time).
3:40pm-4:00pm, Sat 20th Feb (USA Eastern time).
4:00pm-4:20pm, Sat 20th Feb (USA Eastern time).
5:00pm-5:20pm, Sat 27th Feb (USA Eastern time).
5:20pm-5:40pm, Sat 27th Feb (USA Eastern time).
5:40pm-6:00pm, Sat 27th Feb (USA Eastern time).
6:00pm-6:20pm, Sat 27th Feb (USA Eastern time).
6:20pm-6:40pm, Sat 27th Feb (USA Eastern time).
6:40pm-7:00pm, Sat 27th Feb (USA Eastern time).
The festival is free.
Notes on Story and Storytelling in CSF 2021 --
Each 10 minute-or-less story is followed by up to 10 minutes of positive discussion about the story and the storytelling, as well as possibly some role-play with story characters.
For information on healing stories: https://storytellinginstitute.org/Storytelling_and_Healing.html .
Examples of fairytales --or stories that are fairytale-ish and connect to the theme-- are available here:
CSF 2021 Storytellers are encouraged to not memorize all of the words, and to not read the words aloud -- but rather to improvise the words as they visualize the episodes of the story and interact with listeners.
Almost all of the listeners would be adults, so one might consider telling, at least at times,
in a "candid" storytelling style --
This would be a free Festival in the senses that Presenters are not being paid (although
one could send contributions to them), and admission to all CSF 2021 Zoom sessions is free.
People could register for all CSF 2021 sessions by sending a request to
"Chennai Storytelling Festival 2021 --
The Healing Power of Story, Storytelling, and Story-enacting,”
Over 96 hours of (FREE) Zoom Storytelling
Performances, Workshops, and more!
6th-7th / 13th-14th / 20th-21st / 27th-28th Feb 2021
An overview of the Festival is at
The Festival's 29 Workshops are listed at,
The schedule of the Festival's 129 (and counting)
Storytellings is at
The schedule of the entire Festival is at
CSF 2021 is presented by the World Storytelling
Institute, which is based in Chennai, India,
Posters for the last 3 editions of the CSF are at,
Chennai (on India's southeast coast)
Dr Eric Miller
(PhD in Folklore, MSc in Psychology)
India mobile phone, +91 98403 94282
World Storytelling Institute,
Chennai Storytelling Festival,
"Storytelling by and for Adults" monthly series,
Storytelling Therapy Association of India --
East West Center for Counselling and Training,
Indian Institute of Psychodrama --
Indian Storytelling Network --
"Storytelling by and for adults"
(FREE) Open-mic Storytelling series
on the first Monday of each month (via Zoom),