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Winter Winds Storyfest


The Auditorium at Woodneath Library Center
Saturday, February 24 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*

The Winter Winds Storyfest celebrates stories, storytellers, listeners, and supporters, bringing everyone together for a day of storytelling events. The headliner is Laura Packer, an award-winning storyteller, with other featured tellers and story lovers. Winter Winds Storyfest will feature a workshop, panel discussion, and family-friendly performances, all free and open to the public, and some featuring a virtual attendance option. The Storyfest is produced in collaboration with River and Prairie Storyweavers.

Featured Storytellers and Presenters:

Laura Packer 
Lisa Overholser 
Alexis Petri 
George Pettigrew 
Joyce Slater 
Alice Nathan 



*Inclement Weather Date: Saturday, March 2 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


10:00-10:30 a.m.
Welcome! Refreshments will be served in Auditorium.  
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Using Improv and Play to Become a Better Storyteller (In-Person Only)

Have you ever wanted an easy and fun way to come up with new stories? How about tools to deepen your telling or characters? Led by award-winning storyteller Laura Packer, this workshop will help you break through blocks; move beyond boundaries; and learn new things about character, plot, technique, and yourself. Participants will learn how to play with improv, games, creativity exercises, and more. No improv experience is needed, just a willingness to try. Participants will learn new creativity techniques applied to storytelling and will leave with the seeds of a new tale.

12:00-1:30 p.m.
(Re)Connecting Open Mic and Lunch (In-Person Only)

This open-mic storytelling event is a chance to share a story and connect with other storytellers, while enjoying a provided boxed lunch. During the first thirty minutes, enjoy each other’s company over a boxed lunch and drop your name into a hat if you are interested in telling a 5-6-minute story to the audience. The rest of the time will be dedicated to storytelling. You can share or sit back and enjoy the show. Please note, a limited number of vegetarian meals will be available. We cannot accommodate dietary restrictions. 

1:30-3:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Applications of Imagination (Hybrid)

Increasingly, many storytellers are applying their skills and knowledge in ways that complement their standard story performances. In this panel facilitated by Lisa Overholser of the University of Missouri Extension, Laura Packer, Alexis Petri, George Pettigrew, and Joyce Slater will describe and discuss their uses of storytelling in organizations, STEM education, historical interpretation, and early childhood and literacy development.

3:00-3:30 p.m.
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Stories to Warm the Heart: Family-Friendly Storytelling (Hybrid)

Warm-up your winter and get ready for spring with a batch of family-friendly stories told by Alice Nathan, George Pettigrew, and Laura Packer. Joyce Slater, veteran storyteller and founder of the Kansas City Storytelling Celebration, is your emcee. 


Featured Storytellers and Presenters

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