Wisconsin Storytellers’ Get-Together

THE WISCONSIN STORYTELLERS’ GET-TOGETHER! 

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.

The 33rd Annual WISTGET was held on October 15, 2022 in person at Mosquito Hill Nature Center and was on Zoom videoconference. 

EVALUATION: CLICK HERE 

 

2023 TO BE ANNOUNCED

The current committee will soon be meeting to do an evaluation of the 2022 WISTGET event, say goodbye to retiring Ruth M and Mary N, welcome MaryJo F to the committee, and put together a plan to find at least one new committee member. We need someone to take care of Treasurer and Facilities.

THE PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES MAY INCLUDE:

  • Enjoy a warm welcome from the WISTGET Committee. A guided chat session in the morning.
  • Bring books, CDs, and other storytelling materials for the Exchange Table. Concert Tellers are invited to bring items for sale and are in charge of their own materials.
  • Light Lunch. Please bring your own bowl, utensils, mug, beverage. There will be a dishwashing station. Feel free to bring a snack or dessert to share.
  • Choose a SWAP* and share your story. Personal Stories, Say It & Sing It, Stories for Children, Mixed Bag, Environmental Tales, Something’s Not Right!
  • Dinner. Please bring your own bowl, utensils, mug, beverage. There will be a dishwashing station.
  • Lucy Beck Award Presentation – awarded in recognition of noteworthy contributions and service in the nurturing of storytelling in Wisconsin.
  • Two other activities may include 5-5-5 Tru-ish Stories and a Concert.

REGISTER ONLINE!  The zoom link will be sent through email by or before Saturday morning. IMPORTANT NOTES.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT: 

  1. Register Online: Click Here Send $FEE through PayPal. Donations are welcome.
  2. Register by Mail: Download the form and mail to Terry Visger with $ for registration. Donations are welcome.

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”).

FEE: 

SCHEDULE: See google doc above “Notes for Registered Participants” 

2022 FEATURED CONCERT TELLERS: Franklin Chen, Susie Garfield, Gwyn Calvetti, Debra Morningstar

*WHAT IS A STORY SWAP? A Story Swap is a gathering of tellers to share stories and hear the unique voices of other Wisconsin tellers. WISTGET organizers choose themes ahead of time to organize small groups that breakout from the main room. There will be a swap facilitator who will start the session and will keep things moving and on time. Each teller comes prepared with either a finished short story or something on which they are working, which is 8 to 10 minutes in length. Tellers are welcome to request feedback after the session during chat times. Depending on how many people choose to put their name in the hat, everyone may not get the chance to share.

WHO WAS LUCY BECK? & PAST LUCY BECK AWARD WINNERS

CLICK HERE TO Join the WISTGET Facebook page here.

UPDATES BY EMAIL: Click here to Send your contact information to receive an email with updates about events and Get-Togethers.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT WISTGET:

Thanks to you and the WISTGET team once again for being, like Mary Poppins, “Practically perfect in every way.Hopefully next year, we can give your computer a rest, and I can see what an “in person” WISTGET is like. TW 2021
Just a quick note of thanks … for all of your hard work in making WISTGET a success.  Over these past months, I’ve seen a lot of teachers and programs get off to pretty rocky virtual starts before finally being able to iron out most of the rough patches to the point where Zoom, while never as good as reality, was at least a viable alternative. But WISTGET seemed to run very smoothly from start to finish – so a big thanks to you and all of the organizers for making that happen. – Tom Williams 2020
My heart is still humming with all the joys of WISTGET.  …Thanks again for all you did to make it happen. There was something very special about it being Wisconsin tellers connecting with old friends and meeting new folks that are a part of this unique gathering. Jean-Andrew 2020

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. Franklin Chen 2019

The Get-Together 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 2017

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!