The 35th “In the Tradition...” 
Annual National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference

“The African American Story: From Chains to Wings”
        November 8-12, 2017


Hotel -   Wichita Marriott
              9100 Corporate Hills Drive
              Wichita, KS 67207
              (316) 651-0333


 Room Rates:    $119/night plus tax 


Reservations: Please access via using the 2017 Hotel link on home page –OR- call 1-800-228-9290 or (316) 651-0333 and ask for National Association of Black Storytellers room block. Reservations will be confirmed upon receipt of a valid credit card number or prepayment of one (1) night deposit.


 Reservation Cut-Off Date:  Tuesday, October 17, 2017


 Room Block:    National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference

Registration Fees and Confirmation

Advance  (Thru 9/18)                                                    On-Site (After 9/18)

Member                        Non-Member                                  Member                                Non-Member

$285 Adult*                    $335 Adult                               $325 Adult*                      $375 Adult

$260 Elder*                   $300 Elder                               $275 Elder*                       $325 Elder

$125 Youth*                  $125 Youth                              $125Youth*                       $125 Youth

                                * Dues for 2017 must be current to receive this rate

Confirmation will be sent when you register on the NABS website at which can be used with payments via credit card, check or money order.  Registrations received via fax require a credit card number for processing. Registrations should not be mailed to the NABS P.O. Box after September 18, 2017.

Substitution, Cancellation & Refund Policy - Substitution of registrants must be received in writing on or before October 1, 2017 and will incur a $25 cancellation fee.  No refunds after October 1, 2017. Thereafter, cancellation requests will not be accepted.  There will be a $25 processing fee for each check not honored by the bank.

Parking – Outdoor parking is available at no cost.


Travel  - Airport: Dwight D. Eisenhower International Airport (ICT)-Please call the Wichita Marriot, 316-651-0333 for free shuttle pick-up.

Train: Newton Station, 414 N Main St., Newton, KS 67114


Other Fees – ONLY full registration (entire Festival or one day registration) includes meal functions. Separate tickets for meal functions are $50.00.


Concert Tickets - Purchases can be made on-site for:  

altThursday Evening, November 9, 2017

            Opening gala & Storytelling Concert - $15 Adult; $5.00 Youth

  altFriday Evening, November 10, 2017

            “In the Tradition…” Storytelling Concert Only - $15 Adult; $5.00 Youth

 -altSaturday Evening, November 11, 2017

            Zora Neale Hurston Awards and Concert Only - $15 Adult; $5.00 Youth

*Souvenir Journal Advertisements

(Size of Full Page- 8 ½” by 11”) 

Advertisement Rates:

                        B/W      Color                                                        B/W      Color                                       

Back Cover       $400     $500                 Half Page, 7.5 X 5         $125     $200

Inside Back       $300     $400                 Quarter Page, 3.75 X 5  $75       N/A

Inside Front       $300     $400                 Business Card               $50       N/A

Full Page          $200     $300                   Photo                           FREE W/AD

Center Pages    $500     $700


 Patrons:             $40 – Mother Mary Carter Smith

                             $25 – Mama Linda Goss

                             $15 – Linda Jenkins Brown

                             $10  – Brother Blue

 Submission deadline:  September 25, 2017

Vendors - Each vendor space is $350 for three full days.  The merchant contract is on the NABS website at and should be mailed to

Dr. Caroliese Frink Reed,

859 N. 29th Street

Philadelphia, PA.

Do not mail payment with application.  You will be notified if you are accepted.


Membership Membership dues must be current/paid to receive the discounted registration cost. Dues paid with registration will be for the 2018 membership year (1/1 – 12/31) and are NOT applicable for the 2017 reduced member registration fee.


Accessibility - Hotel is accessible to persons with disabilities and has several specially equipped guest rooms.  Advise Hotel of needed assistance.  If further assistance is needed, notify NABS at least two weeks in advance.


Festival And Conference Highlights

*Opening Gala Celebration and Mary Carter Smith Love Circle * Learn the art of Black Storytelling * Adult and youth workshops for professional and aspiring storytellers * A Jaliya Panel * Storytelling Awards * NABS Resource Table  * Network with others interested in preserving the African and African American oral tradition * Village Tellin’ * Meet featured tellers and purchase their recordings and writings  * Visit African American Marketplace with African imports, Afro-centric wearable art, African American literature, Black art and intriguing wares  * Youth Activities and Youth Telling * Our most popular, Jackie Torrence Tall Tales Contest  * Hours of Blackstorytelling for story listeners*Spiritual Storytelling Sunday


Need More Information -   

Website –

E-mail –

Phone – (410) 947-1117 or

National Festival Director Dr. Caroliese Frink Reed, (215)796-2785


Local Festival Director Melody Miller, (316) 734-1876




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