There is storytelling happening in other parts of America. Kansas City Missouri had a Digital Storytelling Forum in June 2012. Even better, the sessions were recorded.
This is a recording of the Components of Digital Storytelling session. The participants are John Baker from the Kansas City Art Institute, Rob Grace of Bazillion Pictures and Diana Stuart of Hallmark Cards.
The panelists have a mixture of traditional and digital skills that are essential in their professions. The video is about 50 minutes. If you want to see more of the KC Digital Storytelling Forum videos you can check out the Forum's University of Missouri's Reynolds Journalism Institute page.
You might like what they have to say. Or totally object. Then again, there might be ideas you can use. You will never know until you make time to watch.