Pathway to Accreditation

The Australian Storytelling Guild (NSW) offers its members a pathway to Accreditation. Accreditation is a process where a person who has learned the art and craft of storytelling stands before a panel of three or more judges who listen to, and watch, the performance of the storyteller and determine whether this person has sufficient expertise to hold the title of Accredited Member.

Coaching & Mentoring

Most accredited storytellers are happy to offer mentoring to members seeking accreditation. It is highly recommended by the Guild that applicants also enlist the services of an accredited member as a storytelling coach. Coaching provides valuable in depth one on one tutoring about the art and craft of storytelling. Coaching is available at an hourly rate to be negotiated with the accredited teller. Applicants can apply to anyone of our accredited members listed on the website for coaching.

Eligibility for Accreditation

  • Membership of two years is a prerequisite for applying for Accreditation.

  • Applicants must attend 3 workshops annually. Attendance at The International Conference will be considered favourably.

  • Applicants must tell at 3 Guild or Guild Approved events yearly. ie The Web, Travelling Tales, Long Story Short, Conference

  • Other events may be considered where other Guild Accreditation Members are in attendance.

  • Applicants must tell different stories at each event to indicate they are expanding their repertoire.

  • Applicants must show evidence of storytelling activity outside the Guild.

The Assessment

The applicant will present a storytelling performance of two stories before a panel of Accredited Members. The applicant must state who their target audience is and tell stories from two different genres. Applicants will be assessed on:

  • Timing- the applicants ability to stay within the allotted time.

  • Voice- modulation, projection, pacing

  • Body language

  • Audience interaction

  • Suitability of the selected stories for the stated age group

  • The beginning and ending of performance (greeting & farewell)

Following Accreditation

After a member becomes Accredited, their name is added to the list of recommended Accredited/Professional Storytellers. To remain on the list, the Teller must continue to be an accredited financial member of the Guild. Accredited members pay a slightly higher fee than standard members to have their names listed on the website.

Accreditation Officer

The Guild’s Accreditation officer is actor, director, stand-up storyteller Christine Greenough.

For more information on accreditation contact:

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