Wisconsin Storytellers’ Get-Together

Wisconsin Storytellers’ Get-Together

Mosquito Hill Nature Center, N3880 Rogers Road, New London, WI 54961

The 31th Annual WISTGET Autumn Tales: Crisp Stories and Warm Friends
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020

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. Join in and swap some tales!

Join us at the Mosquito Hill Nature Center* for a day of connecting, telling and listening to stories.  This year’s format includes:

  • Lucy Beck Award presentation -will be awarded in recognition of noteworthy contributions and service in the nurturing of storytelling in Wisconsin.

  • Themed story swaps: Session A: Humorous, Scary, Environmental. Session B: Personal, Traditional Folklore, Music/Song. Session C: Children’s, Fantasy/Imagination, Journey.

  • “Show and Tell” Story Slam (tellers show an object and tell a story)

  • Professional Forum (guided open discussion)

  • Recycling Table: bring used books, CDs, and other story paraphernalia to give away

  • Sales Table: CDs or books by participants may be sold; literature may be displayed

  • Evening concert.

  • $35 registration will include snacks, beverage, lunch and dinner with vegetarian options.

Watch this space for more information and updates at http://wisconsinstorytelling.com

Kathy Prestidge, Storyteller, Stories And More. CONTACT: 920 284 5163

*Anyone is invited to share a story or anecdote with the entire group. (5 minute limit)
**It is suggested that tellers bring an object to “show” as a part of the “tell”ing.  (8 min. limit)
Potential teller names for Open Mike and Slam will be drawn from a hat to determine order and number.

New London (5 minute drive)
Rodeway Inn  (1409 S. Shawano St. 920-982-5820)
AmericInn by Wyndham  (1404 N. Shawano St. 855-265-1666);
Numerous AirBnB choices (www.airbnb.co.in, search New London WI)
Huckleberry Acres Camground (15 minute drive, 920-982-4628 camphuck.com)
Option: Appleton (25 minute drive) has a wide selection of housing

From Appleton: Richmond/Hwy 47 to Cty Hwy S. Left/west on Hwy S to Rogers Road.
From Oshkosh and points south: Hwy 45 north. Exit on Hwy 54. Right/east on Hwy 54 to Cty Hwy S. Right/east on Hwy S to Rogers Rd.


REGISTRATION – Pre-register by ….
Send completed information and check made out to Wisconsin Storytellers to:
Terry Visger, 4987 Tschumper Rd., LaCrescent MN 55947 OR Terry Visger, talesbyterry@aol.com.
Send $35 to Terry by Sept. 15 or pay $40 at the door. Donations to WISTGET welcome.
Registration price includes meals, snacks, beverages for Saturday.


Name, complete address, phone number, Email address
First time attending? (Limited scholarships available for first time attendees. Send request with registration form to Terry Visger)
My contact information has changed, please update.


The history and development of an annual gathering of Wisconsin tellers actively engaged in the art and practice of storytelling.

A short history and development of an annual gathering of Wisconsin storytellers and how to get involved. The Wisconsin Storytellers’ Get-together (WISTGET) is an annual gathering of Wisconsin tellers actively engaged in the art and practice of storytelling.

This event was founded in 1987 with the collaboration of the three storytelling guilds active at the time: T.A.L.E.S. (Tri-Area Liars, Elaborators, & Storytellers) of Kenosha, The Madison Storytelling Guild, and M.A.S.T. (Milwaukee Area Story Tellers).

A planning committee formed from the three guilds and organized the annual Get-together each year.  With the slogan “Hear It in Wisconsin” the emphasis was on connecting with storytellers throughout the state and encouraging new tellers.  The day included Story Swaps, shared meals, a juried Storytelling Concert, and a peer award for service to the storytelling community. The locations have varied over the years but most have been in camp or nature settings.

About 1997 storyteller Hardy Garrison of Marshfield created the Wisconsin Storytelling website which offered a place to list Wisconsin tellers, events, guilds and WISTGET news.  Karen Wollscheid took over about 2007 and Karen Wendt is the current webmaster as of 2018.

It is hoped that this website will become the go-to place for all things Storytelling in Wisconsin.  Tellers are encouraged to post a listing in the site Directory. Event organizers can send in information with links to their websites.  Anyone who discovers storytelling in a new corner of the state can pass on the information via Contact. Let the tales begin!