Wisconsin Storytellers’ Get-Together

The 31st Annual WISTGET 2020 is Going Virtual!
Wisconsin Storytellers’ Get-Together
Autumn Tales: Crisp Stories and Warm Friends

VIRTUAL EVENT: REGISTER HERE 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.  This is a come-and-go event. Attend the sessions you want to attend. You can log in and out and back in again.
THE PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES INCLUDES:
  • 9:00AM Zoom Hints & Tips for WISTGET (Log in a few minutes before 9am and ask to go to the Hints & Tips Breakout Room.
  • 9:30AM MORNING SESSION BEGINS
  • 9:45AM Welcome and Lucy Beck Award presentation -will be awarded in recognition of noteworthy contributions and service in the nurturing of storytelling in Wisconsin.
  • 10:30AM Swaps: Humorous or Environmental
  • 11:30AM Swaps: Traditional Folklore or Musical
  • 12:45PM “Chat & Chew” Breakout Groups
  • 2:45PM AFTERNOON SESSION BEGINS
  • 3:00PM Swaps: Children’s Stories or Imagination Stories
  • 4:00PM Professional Forum or Chat in a Breakout Room
  • 6:15PM EVENING SESSION BEGINS
  • 6:30PM Evening Concert with Intermission
  • 8:00PM Conclusion of Event

Join the WISTGET Facebook page here.

LOCATION: WISTGET 2020 IS ONLINE
Zoom VideoConferencing- Virtual event. Register to attend one, two, three or all of the sessions.

FOR INFORMATION, INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING:

  • FAQ: How to use Zoom Video Conferencing for the virtual WISTGET event. Click here.
  • NEED PRACTICE ON ZOOM?: Contact Karen at wiscstory@gmail.com to plan a training session.
  • REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT: After payment, you will receive an email containing information about joining the virtual WISTGET 2020 event. The link may not come until a few days before the event. There are two ways to register and two ways to pay.
    1. Register Online:  Fill out form here.
    2. Register by Mail: Download this form, complete it and mail to Terry Visger.

    Payment Method 1: Copy and paste the following URL into your browser to pay online. The URL is Paypal.me/WISTGET20
    Payment Method 2: Mail payment to Terry Visger. 4987 Tschumper Rd, LaCrescent MN 55947 (Checks should be made out to: “Wisconsin Storytellers”). 

  • 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!