National Storytellers League
In 1903 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Dr. Richard Wyche, a professor of literature, organized the National Story League. For 16 years, Dr. Wyche served as president. Interest in storytelling grew and classes were taught in colleges. Leagues were organized locally and affiliated with the National Story League.
The National Story League was organized to revive the art of storytelling, and is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States. Leagues are in operation now throughout the United States. The National Story League was conceived in the spirit of service. Hence its motto: Service Through Storytelling. Our objective is to encourage the good and beautiful in life and in literature through the art of storytelling. We try to maintain that standard today.
In 2008, the National Story League changed its name to the National Storytellers League. Sadly, the NSL disbanded in 2019, but the Detroit Story League and other local chapters continue.