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Special Opportunities

#mystory

#mystory is a student opportunity to learn about the art of storytelling. A professional storyteller leads students through discovering what makes a good story from beginning to end. Students learn how to tell a story as a personal experience, from a 3rd person's perspective, or even from a puppet's mouth! Students benefit from professional coaching on engaging an audience and developing a stage presence. Both group and individual instruction are utilized to maximize the experience. At the end of the #mystory work session students have the opportunity to tell their stories.
Be sure and catch the young tellers on Saturday of the Festival in a session all their own.  

Storytelling in Education- Workshops and Assemblies with Storytellers

The Festival, along with the Smoky Hill Educational Service Center, sponsors storytelling in schools with professional storytellers the week before the Kansas Storytelling Festival. Sessions in schools across north central and western Kansas will have opportunities to improve students' and teachers' understanding of storytelling. 

More information will become available as a schedule falls into place.

Volunteer at the Festival

Outstanding volunteers are the heart of the Kansas Storytelling Festival. Volunteers provide hospitality, organizational skills, professional expertise and skilled labor annually to make the Festival weekend a welcoming celebration of stories. Every volunteer, from the set-up crews to the clubs who provide delicious desserts at the concerts, is an asset and deeply appreciated.

If you want to volunteer at the Festival, contact the festival coordinators at 785-545-1208 or kansasstorytelling@gmail.com. Make sure to add us on Facebook!

Storytelling Opportunities

The Kansas Storytelling Festival offers many opportunities for advancement. Whether you are a teacher looking for college credit during the Festival or an amateur storyteller looking to get into the Tall Tales contest in October, you can learn more through this section.

Tall Tale Contestants

A preliminary contest is held in October to select four contestants to vie for the traveling trophy, the storytelling shovel, at the April Festival. The current contestants are to be determined October 14th. They are now busy concocting their finest ideas into hilarious or hair-raising tales. Hear the polished result on Friday evening, April 26.

 

Exaggeration, hyperbole - or just plain outright lies!

Tall Tales are as American as baseball and mom's apple pie. You can find the legends of Paul Bunyan and his like in American traditions, and here at the Kansas Storytelling Festival, we celebrate this American genre. Amateur storytellers come together with their best tall tale stories, prepared to try to outdo each other to get into the Kansas Storytelling Festival in April. Start with a little bit of truth and let the imagination soar from there! Bring your best Tall Tale to the preliminaries on the second Saturday of October.

 

For more information or to register to tell a story in the competition, call 785.454.1177 or email kansasstorytelling@gmail.com. The public is welcome to attend.

Exaggeration, hyperbole - or just plain outright lies!

Tall Tales are as American as baseball and mom's apple pie. Legends of Paul Bunyan and his like are only found in American traditions, and here at the Kansas Storytelling Festival, we celebrate this American genre. Tall Tale preliminaries are held on the second Saturday of October (that's Oct 9 this year). Amateur storytellers come together with their best tall tale story, prepared to try to outdo each other to get into the Kansas Storytelling Festival in April. Start with a little bit of truth and let the imagination soar from there! .
For more information or to register to tell a story in the competition, call 785.454.1177 or email kansasstorytelling@gmail.com. The public is welcome to attend.

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