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GivingTuesday is a “global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.”
On Giving Tuesday, November 30, please consider donating to the following storytelling organizations:
La Crosse Storytelling Festival. The Fest has brought internationally known storytellers to the La Crosse area for 18 years. We have made some changes, date and place, but continue to promote the art of oral stories. We are now struggling a bit because of Covid restrictions and appreciate any help you can give us to continue to bring you stories.
There is a donation button on the front page of the LaCrosse Storytelling website http://www.lacrossestoryfest.
WISTGET – The Wisconsin Storytellers’ Get-Together. We have continued to bring WISTGET to all Wisconsin storytellers despite the pandemic, but it has made an impact on our ability to raise funds for the next in person gathering. An annual gathering of Wisconsin tellers actively engaged in the art and practice of storytelling, the Wisconsin Storytellers’ Get-Together is an informal gathering for sharing stories, ideas & resources. It’s a chance for networking, mutual support and being re-energized for storytelling in whatever form we practice it. Please consider a donation to: Paypal.me/WISTGET20
National Storytelling Network.
Thank you in advance.
A Welcome To All From TELLABRATION!™ Founder J. G. Pinkerton
In 1988, I dreamed of having a night each year when storytellers in each community got together and told stories to their families and friends.
I called the idea TELLABRATION!™
Friends of storytelling liked the idea and began making it happen. Each year the circle of friends has grown and now TELLABRATION!™ happens all across America as well as in other lands.
I am only the man who had the idea… it is the friends of storytelling who have made the event a success.
Hundreds of tellers telling to thousands of people.
May what the tellers share bring joy to many people and may the listeners come to know that…through storytelling, we can draw closer together in peace… and in friendship… and in love.
Storytelling reaches around the world and across all generations… reminding us of our common humanity. I know storytelling creates experiences… and … shared experiences are the basis of all relationships. My best wishes go with all who join in this common endeavor.
List your event. Send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org, Title, Date, Location, Contact, website URL.
List your storytelling business. Go to the Directory of Storytellers tab to learn how you can be included in the directory.
Join the Wisconsin Storytelling email listserv! Sign up to be part of the Wisconsin Storytelling by contacting Coralcoraltells@gmail.com
A Word from the National Storytelling Network Wisconsin State Liaison
Whether you are receiving this because you’ve attended the annual Wisconsin Storytellers’ Get-Together (WISTGET) or have been identified as a Wisconsin storyteller and landed on the contact list, this is an outreach to inspire and encourage storytelling across the state – and beyond. If you are a member of the National organization or not, there are ways to help or inform your storytelling. Whether you are telling professionally, at your job or informally there is a lot to look into at the National Storytelling website: www.storynet.org. Just opening the website will lead to many options. I’d like to call your attention to the online Newsletter. Just click Resources and select “NSN Newsletters”. “Storytelling allows you to slow down for a little while, to focus, and to present what matters most to you in a way that neither threatens nor preaches. In the end, it allows you to share the greatest gift one can give: one’s self.” An early 2019 Newsletter has some reflections by Kevin Kordi about how storytelling is changing but ways “the fire of story can and should be everywhere”. You don’t have to be a member to sign up to have the Newsletter sent to your e-address weekly for free. However, the Membership Benefits for joining the National Storytelling Network are abundant. Check them out. My favorite is the Storytelling Magazine which is a top notch quarterly publication full of events, trends, people, reviews, and a story or two. Each issue also explores a timely topic through carefully selected articles from leaders in the field. I may be old fashioned but I appreciate the paper-in-hand. I case you haven’t caught on, this is a slightly unabashed commercial for joining the National Storytelling Network. It is also an excuse to reach out to storytellers (of every sort) across the state. Whether you regularly connect with nearby tellers or are doing your thing solo in the hinterland, I hope this encourages you to know that there are options for support as we embrace this rich and personal art we know as oral storytelling. Talefully, Jean-Andrew