Category Archives: Storytelling

July 25, 2017 Meeting

The July 25, 2017 meeting was filled with friendly chatter among the 20 storytelling enthusiasts who were in attendance. Seven tales were presented; three of them were among the prize winning stories at MoTell Liar’s Contest held in Kansas City earlier this month.

Carol Shelton read her story about Old McRonald and some New Age Chickens. It was hilarious! She won 1st place in the written category of the Liar’s Contest.

Roger Rose shared his winning story about Jack and the magic beans. He enthralled his audience at Gateway and won 3rd Place in the oral category at the Liar’s Contest.

Cosy Wright told about the cheetah who almost ate her at the St. Louis Zoo. We believed her until she admitted it, too, was also a big fat lie! She won 2nd place in the written category at the Liar’s Contest.

Carol Watkins related a fun story about a boy in the woods who encountered three giants who forced him to reveal his secret – to their great regret!

Flavia Everman explained about her project of gathering stories in Africa and then told us the tale of No-ma and the Magical Fish. She had the group hanging on every word!

Sue Hinkel shared an Albanian fairytale about the Princess with the Sterling Silver Tooth, a story with three brave princesses setting out to help their father, the King. Very entertaining!

Our President, Cathy Gregory, told a story about Vacation Bible School when the children had to make “Jesus feet” as their craft project. Her first-person perspective was very effective.

                               THE NEXT MEETING DATE IS SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
It was decided during the business meeting that the storytelling will begin at 7:00 p.m. at future meetings and the business meeting will begin at 8:00 p.m. The room will be available 6:00 – 7:00 for those who want to share food and conversation before the formal storytelling commences.
All are welcome! There is no entry charge for guests – just come and enjoy the stories or sign up online ahead of time for a chance to share a story. Contact MarilynSue Warren at and request a 10 minute (or under) slot on the teller list for the next meeting.
We meet on the 4th Tuesday of every other month (January, March, May, July, Sept, Nov.) at the Crown Center Senior Apartments, 8350 Delcrest Dr, St. Louis, MO 63124.

Hope to see you there!



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Join us this Tuesday evening!


Gateway Storytellers, in conjunction with Riverwind Storytellers, invites you to attend our Tellebration event.

Join us for a free evening of storytelling fun for the whole family!

Tuesday, November 22nd at 6:30 PM

at the Crown Center

8350 Delcrest, St. Louis MO 63124

Free admission, refreshments provided


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March 2015 Gateway Meeting

The next Gateway Storytellers meeting will be held at Crown Center, March 24th 2015.  Members are invited to bring light refreshments to share.  The business meeting will begin at 6:15 PM, and storytelling will begin promptly at 7:00 PM.

If you have a story to share, please contact Cathy Gregory at (314) 659-6966 or  Stories are to be no longer than ten minutes.

Yearly dues are to be paid to Marilyn Sue Warren, Treasurer.  Annual dues are $20.  Please keep your membership current

Carol Watkins, President of St. Louis Gateway Storytellers

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Missouri State Liars Contest

Everyone has a story to tell – consider telling yours in the Missouri State Liars Contest!

Sponsored by MO-TELL (Missouri Storytelling) and Mid-Continent Public Library, the Missouri State Liars Contest is open to Missouri residents of all ages.  $500 cash prize for the 1st place winner.

Deadline to enter is midnight, May 11, 2015.  For more information, please visit the Mo-Tell website at or email contest director Anthony Clark at

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Second Tuesdays – St. Louis storytelling event

The following information has been passed on from Gateway member Daniel Romano. Sounds like they could use some storytelling support.

SECOND TUESDAYS: People are encouraged to come and tell a true personal story that fits the monthly theme. It’s similar to the Moth Radio Hour on NPR and is open to veteran and novice storytellers.

Next up: Tuesday, March 10th, 7-9 PM.
Place: Schlaffly Bottleworks, 7620 Southwest Ave. Maplewood MO.
Theme: Generations – Tales of generational conflict, the good ole days, and walking uphill both ways.
More Info: Face book page Second Tuesdays

A small donation is requested for a local charity, but is not required.

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July Gateway meeting

Just a reminder – The July meeting for the St. Louis Gateway Storytellers will be held at the Crown Center on Tuesday, July 22nd. The address is 8350 Delcrest Drive, St. Louis MO, 63124. Dinner starts around 6, business meeting around 6:45, stories commence at 7:00 PM.

We lost a giant in the local storytelling community recently – Lucy Grondahl was an amazing author, performer, and storyteller. While the meeting will not be a formal memorial, people are invited to tell stories Lucy would have liked.

Our president, Jeanne Crews, will be organizing dinner – picnic-style sandwiches and salads. A suggested donation of $3 covers your meal. Headcount numbers should be communicated to Carol Watkins, before Monday night.

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Riverwind Whirlwind Weekend with Milbre Burch

Remember the cozy days of the Riverwind Whirlwind Weekend? Well, we are back this year at the Belleville Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows from March 1-3. We are very honored to have as our workshop leader – Milbre Burch. Some of you may remember that Milbre was one of our early RW workshop leaders at Pere Marquette State Park in the early 80’s. She is a teller that has grown and blossomed exponentially  in her story craft. This time she will give a workshop called New Cloth out of Old Threads: Retelling Traditional Tales . This isn’t just retelling folktales…this workshop delves into deeper meanings and often puts a modern-day issue at the crux of the story. Marilyn Kinsella attended this workshop at the NSN conference and it added new depth to her understanding and crafting of these stories. Another added feature this year will be an adult evening of stories on Saturday night. Milbre will present an historical monodrama Sometimes I Sing along with a regional teller. These should whet your appetite…but wait there’s more! Read all about it – Riverwind Whirlwind Weekend with Milbre Burch – March 1-3, 2013  Let’s party like it is the 80’s…see you in March!

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