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Doug Lipman workshop

The St. Louis Gateway Storytellers are proud to host Doug Lipman, an internationally recognized authority on storytelling and coaching.  Mr. Lipman will be in St. Louis on Tuesday, September 15th and Wednesday, September 16th.

Hidden Storytelling Skills,Tuesday, September 15th.

A three-hour workshop, Hidden Storytelling Skills, focuses on concrete storytelling skills and personal story creation.  A morning workshop will be conducted from 9:00 AM to 12 noon, and a repeat workshop in the afternoon from 1 to 4 PM.  The cost of each workshop is $45, but paid members of Gateway will receive a $10 sponsorship, bringing the cost to only $35.

Personalized Coaching, Wednesday, September 16th.

A four hour coaching mini workshop, limited to four people, offered much more personalized instruction and story development.  The cost is $125, but paid Gateway members will receive a $20 sponsorship, bringing the final cost to only $175.

Mr. Lipman also offers one-hour private coaching sessions for $195.  Paid Gateway members will receive a $20 sponsorship for this workshop.

If you would like to attend any of these workshops, please contact Gateway president Carol Watkins by Wednesday, August 19th.  (Yes, that is coming right up.)  Carol can be contacted at (636) 922-7133 or at


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July Gateway meeting – Change in Date to July 26th

From our president, Carol Watkins:

I have exciting news about our July meeting.  A group traveling to the NSN Convention in Kansas City from Jonesborough, TN, has asked if they can do a concert for us Sunday, July 26th, at Crown Center.  Instead of our usual meeting on Tuesday, July 28th, we will have it on Sunday, July 26th.  We will meet at 6:00 PM for a short meeting and the group from Jonesborough will entertain us starting at 6:30 PM.

Storytellers may include:

Saundra Kelley,

Judy “Butterfly” Farlow,

Marjorie Shaefer,

David H. Claunch,

Jeff Stratton,

Lippy Tipton,

Jonesborough Storytellers Guild,

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May 26th Gateway Storytellers meeting

We’d like to congratulate the University of Missouri Extension Office for an outstanding presentation of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival.  We had excellent turnout and some of the best “rock star” talent in the country for our event.  St. Louis Gateway Storytellers is proud to be one of the sponsors of the festival.

Our next meeting will be held on May 26th at the Crown Center.  A business meeting with light potluck dinner is held for members at 6:00 PM.  Storytelling begins at 7:00 PM, and generally runs until 8:30 PM.  Visitors and guests are always welcome.  We like to have tellers, but we love to have listeners.

A smaller Story Swap is held on the second Monday of each month, housed by the St. Charles City-County Library McClay branch.  Time is 6:30 to 8 or 8:30, held at 2760 McClay Road in St. Charles, MO. This is a great event for telling in front of a small handful of people, or for testing/pacing new material.

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St. Louis Gateway Storytellers – A History

The following was sent by Gateway member Roger Rose for inclusion on the website.


The St. Louis Gateway Storytellers started in a most informal way.  In 1980 there were two St. Louis Public Library children’s librarians who were promoted.  Instead of this being a happy event, the two cried on each other’s shoulders.  “We’re going to be working with adults.  We’ll never be able to tell stories again.”  And then they had second thoughts.  “We like stories!  We’re adults.  Let’s go out to dinner and go back to a library and tell stories to each other.”  So Sylvia Duncan and Irene Eveland invited six other librarians out to dinner and they all went back to the Buder Library after dinner and told and listened to stories.  As time passed, a few more librarians and then some non-librarians joined the group.  It was still quite informal, no name, no officers, no dues, no rules.  They looked for a restaurant that had a private room for sharing their stories.  They tried several places and then they found the Salad Bowl where they could have a private room if they went through the food line and had 15 people.  Oh how Sylvia and Irene would watch the door and count the people coming in and breathe a sigh of relief when 15 people walked through the door.

Then came the fateful day when the group was asked to tell stories at the Missouri Botanical Garden while the children got their pictures taken with Santa.  Irene Eveland received $50.00 for their efforts.  This created a dilemma.  No one wanted to be responsible for that $50.00 and put it in an individual bank account. An organization needed to be established.  So in 1981, the St. Louis Gateway Storytellers was founded, a constitution was written, officers were elected.  Sylvia Duncan became the first president and Irene Eveland became the second, and the $50.00 was put into the St. Louis Gateway Storytellers bank account.

The organization has sponsored a number of storytelling workshops where participants have been shown a variety of storytelling techniques, shared stories, and been encouraged to develop their own style.  The St. Louis Gateway Storytellers has continued to be a haven for professional storytellers, for the person getting up for the first time in front of an audience, and for the listener who loves stories but never intends to get up and tell one.  The membership has grown from a small community to a large community of 120 members from all walks of life.

The St. Louis Gateway Storytellers started the same year as the St. Louis Annual Storytelling Festival.  The two have continued to complement each other’s growth, Gateway providing financial support and storytellers for the Festival, and the Festival providing a showcase for a growing number of storytellers.  The storytelling community has continued to expand, with several other major storytelling organizations branching off of Gateway.  In the St. Louis metropolitan area we have  The St. Louis Gateway Storytellers, Missouri Storytelling (MO-Tell), and the Riverwind Storytellers in Southern Illinois.  Several other groups can be found throughout Missouri.

*Quoted from “Twenty Years of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, A Commemorative Booklet,”  May 1999.


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November Meeting Canceled

Due to civil unrest in the Clayton area, the November storytelling meeting has been canceled.

Please stay safe, enjoy this holiday season, and we will look forward to seeing you in January.

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March 25th Meeting and Memorial

The storytelling community lost a great friend and master this past month.  Sharon Thompson passed away on Thursday, February 13th, from injuries sustained after being struck by a car.

The March 25th Gateway gathering, in lieu of a formal meeting, will be a celebration of her life through memories and storytelling.  The get-together will start at 6:30 PM at the Crown Center, but late-comers are welcome if you’re not able to make it on time.

Please contact Carol Watkins (or email as soon as you can if you:

  1. Are coming, and let us know how many people you’re bringing.  We need a rough estimate for chair set-up;
  2. Would like to share a memory or story (short please, about 2 minutes tops);
  3. Will be bringing cookies.

An additional story swap will be held March 10th at the McClay Library in St. Charles County.  6:30 PM, second Monday of each month.  Address is 2760 McClay Road, St. Charles MO 63303.  This is a great small gathering, and an ideal place to try out something new in front of a friendly audience.

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January 2014 Meeting and News

In our first piece of news, the treasurer for Gateway has a new “real” job, and regrets the lack of updates.

Meeting are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month, and the 2014 schedule has been updated.

The schedule and dates for the St. Louis Storytelling Festival have been posted at The festival will be held May 1-3 at locations throughout the St. Louis area. The St. Louis Gateway Storytellers have traditionally been a sponsor and partner of this event.

A memorial service for Ruthild Kronberg will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1st, at the Evangelical United Church of Christ, 204 East Lockwood, St. Louis MO 63119. Ruthild had a profound influence on the area with her support of storytelling and the arts. The Children’s concert of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival is named in her honor.

2014 dues are still just $20 for the year. Checks or cash can be brought to the meeting, or sent to Gateway Storytellers, 19 Debbie Drive, St. Peters MO 63376. Our one major expense of the year will be coming up soon – support of the festival.

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