Wisconsin Storytellers’ Get-Together

2020 VIRTUAL EVENT!
WISCONSIN STORYTELLERS’ GET-TOGETHER: STORIES AND BEYOND….

VIRTUAL EVENT: REGISTER AND PAY TO RECEIVE THE LINK TO ATTEND 

THE 31ST ANNUAL WISTGET WILL BE A VIRTUAL EVENT ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 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 for a day of connecting, telling and listening to stories.  This year’s format will be online using Zoom Videoconferencing. The program of activities includes:
  • 10:00-10:25AM Welcome and Lucy Beck Award presentation -will be awarded in recognition of noteworthy contributions and service in the nurturing of storytelling in Wisconsin.
  • 10:30-11:10AM Swaps: Humorous, Environmental,
  • 11:20-12PM Swaps: Traditional Folklore, Musical
  • 12:30-1:30PM Chat Groups
  • 2:50-3:15PM Swaps: Children’s Stories, Imagination Stories
  • 3:30-4:30PM Professional Forum (guided open discussion) or Chat in a Breakout Room
  • 6:20-8:00PM Evening Concert
  • 8-8:45PM Sharing Time & Conclusion of Event

Watch this space for more information and updates regarding the changes we are making this year to host WISTGET as a virtual event.
Check the WISTGET Facebook page here.

VENUE
Zoom VideoConferencing- Virtual event.

Log onto Zoom.us for tutorials on how to access a Zoom Meeting or go to this Google Doc for more information

REGISTRATION – Pre-register by September 19, 2020
  • GOOGLE FORM
  • GOOGLE DOC – open, download, print, mail or email to Terry
  • MAIL: INFORMATION NEEDED:
    Last Name, First Name, complete address with state and zipcode, 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.
    Send $5-15 (sliding scale) to Terry Visger by Sept. 19 or pay $20 electronically the day of the event. Donations to WISTGET are welcome. Registration price includes expenses associated with annual WISTGET events and the Wisconsin Storytelling website.
    Mail a check made out to Wisconsin Storytellers to: Terry Visger, 4987 Tschumper Rd, LaCrescent MN 55947
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT WISTGET:

This year’s WISTGET is probably the best I have ever attended in recent years.  The songs, the poetry, and stories were probably best of the best.  I really enjoy every minute of the event.  Thank you to those people who help to make this year’s WISTGET event. 2019 – Franklin Chen

Last year’s get-together (2017) was a huge success and great FUN! Held at Mosquito Hill Nature Center, we are looking forward to gathering…[virtually] this year on September [26th]! Come play/tell with us! -Deborah Morningstar

 

HISTORY! WISCONSIN STORYTELLERS’ GET-TOGETHER
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!