Missouri Town 1855

River and Prairie Storyweavers members performed at the 2017 Missouri Town 1855 Arts and Craft Festival.

Pictured above: Jim Two Crows Wallen, Gary Kuntz, and Linda Kuntz


Missouri Liar’s Contest

This Sat, July 15, the Woodneath branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library will host the 3rd Annual Missouri Liars contest. 
The contest will run from 2:00-4:15 pm.  The library address is 8900 NE Flintlock Rd, KCMO 64157. 
There are 10 finalists that will be telling their story, hoping to win the esteemed title of Best Liar in the Show-Me State for 2017 (politicians are specifically prohibited from entering the contest which is why is says Best Liar instead of Biggest).  The stories are appropriate for anyone that is willing to suspend disbelief and enjoy the tale.  
In addition to the contest there are workshops and speaking opportunities all day (see below).  And, since it is at the library, it is all FREE.    
Events for Saturday July 15 at The Woodneath Library Center
9:30AM – 11:00AM
Introduction to Storytelling with Joyce Slater and Sue Hinkel.
Join veteran storytellers Joyce Slater and Sue Hinkel for this interactive workshop which will introduce you to the basics of storytelling. How do you find good stories to tell? How do you get started telling your stories in live performance? If you’ve already started telling stories, what’s the next step you can take to improve your storytelling? Joyce and Sue will answer these questions and many more in this 90-minute workshop (sponsored by MO-TELL).
11:00AM – 12:00PM
Open Mic Story Swap 
Come and share a story (8 minutes or less) in a safe, supportive environment. No prior storytelling experience necessary (sponsored by MO-TELL).
12:00PM – 1:30PM
Showing and Telling: An Advanced Workshop for Writers and Storytellers with Anthony Clark
Agents and editors frequently advise writers to show and not tell, but every story has “told” parts and “shown” parts. How do you decide which parts to tell in summary form and which to dramatize? Writer and Storyteller Anthony Clark facilitates this 90-minute workshop which focuses on story telling versus story showing. Learn some tips for dramatizing your story, and for deciding which parts to dramatize. Also, learn how story “showing” applies to storytellers.  (Designed for experienced writers and storytellers but beginners are also welcome.)
2:00PM – 4:15PM
Finals of the Missouri State Liars Contest
Come cheer on your favorite liars as they compete for cash prizes and title of Best Liar in the Show-Me State for 2017. For contest details visit http://www.mo-tell.org
Location of events:
Woodneath Library Center
8900 NE Flintlock Road
Kansas City, MO 64157 Phone: 816.883.4900