About SCN

The Story Circle Network
For Women with Stories to Tell

We learn best to listen to our own voices if we are listening at the same time to other women.whose stories, for all our differences, turn out, if we listen well, to be our stories also.

—Barbara Deming

"Writing makes a map, and there is something about a journey that begs to have its passage marked."

—Christina Baldwin

The Story Circle Network is dedicated to helping women share the stories of their lives and to raising public awareness of the importance of women's personal histories. We carry out our mission through publications, a website, classes, workshops, writing and reading circles, and woman-focused programs. Our activities empower women to tell their stories, discover their identities through their stories, and choose to be the authors of their own lives.

The Story Circle Network was founded in early 1997 by Dr. Susan Wittig Albert and received its 501(c)(3) status shortly afterward. We are guided by a board of directors and incorporated as a Texas not-for-profit corporation. Our activities are funded by the annual dues of our members, through our educational activities, and by the generous gifts and grants of our supporters (such as the $100,000 grant that supported the Older Women's Legacy Circle Project). Our National office is located in Austin, TX, and our membership is made up of hundreds of women around the country who share their experiences in Story Circles in their local communities, through our Internet Chapter, and through the Story Circle Journal, our eletters, book review website, and online classes and a mentorship program.

To fulfill our mission, we offer classes, workshops, story circles, reading circles, retreats, and conferences in the Austin TX area, and encourage Story Circle members to organize similar activities where they live. And please visit our websites often, because we continue to develop new features to serve our members and the growing community of women memoirists.

Would you like to become a member of the Story Circle Network? All you have to do is fill out our on-line form and mail your membership dues to our office (see address below). Maybe you're interested in convening a Story Circle in your local area. If so, you might want to read our Facilitator's Guide, which is full of good ideas and plenty of inspiration for starting your own group. Or perhaps your women's or church group would like to sponsor a workshop or retreat in your local area. Need more information? Contact us via email: storycircle at storycircle.org or phone: 512-454-9833 or write to: Program Coordinator, Story Circle Network, PO Box 500127, Austin TX 78750-0127

Read about how some of our members found SCN, and how SCN helped some of our members.

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.
—Muriel Rukeyser