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Summers at Mizzou "Telling the Story of the Stars" camp!

What stories do the stars tell?  What stories will you tell when witnessing the total solar eclipse as it passes right through the heart of Missouri on August 21, 2017?  If you are interested in Astronomy, Storytelling, or Digital Media creation, this camp is for you!  

Designed for high school students aged 14-18, campers learn from top-notch researchers and educators in Astronomy (MU Director of Astronomy Angela Speck), Digital Media (MU Professor of Digital Storytelling Katina Bitsicas), and Storytelling (Award-winning professional storyteller Sherry Norfolk).  Students will become versed in the scientific foundations of a total solar eclipse, alongside oral and visual storytelling techniques to convey their viewing experience in innovative and compelling ways.  Best of all - participants will have the chance to share their stories live onstage at the 2018 St. Louis Storytelling Festival!  What are you waiting for?  The next solar eclipse in Missouri won’t happen until 2024, so reach for the stars!

Partial and full scholarships are available! Call Festival Director Lisa Overholser, 314-266-4833, for more information, or go online to register:




Volunteers are an important part of the success of our Festival! We welcome volunteers before, during and after the Festival to help in a number of ways, including site coordination, event set-up and tear-down, registration, communications, marketing, and miscellaneous help. Volunteers are required to sign up for a minimum of 4 hours. If you're interested in volunteering with the festival, please fill out and return the Volunteer Form (PDF).  (Also available in Word format (WORD) )   

Download forms, complete, and return by:

1. Email to 

2. Fax to 314-266-4833

3. Postal mail to: "ATTN - Sue Hinkel, Volunteer Coordinator, St. Louis Storytelling Festival, 4207 Lindell Blvd., Ste 400, St. Louis, MO 63108"


Your gift will ensure this festival continues to grow. Funds will be used to bring in additional acclaimed storytellers and increase the number of venues hosting activities. Your support will ensure that the costs to attendees remains free or minimal so that people in the community can continue to learn and be entertained through this special opportunity.

To  make a tax-deductible gift or donation to the festival, there are several options:

1. Visit the St. Louis Storytelling Festival Give Direct page for an easy online donation option.

2.  Call 314-266-4833 to provide donation information over the phone, or to inquire about employer matching through your workplace. 

3. Mail a check, made out to "University of Missouri Extension", to:    

     MU Extension, Office of Advancement - St. Louis Storytelling Festival

     109 Whitten Hall

     Columbia, MO 65211

Regional storytellers

If you're a local storyteller who is interested in becoming a regional teller at future St. Louis Storytelling Festival events, please contact Lisa Overholser at or 314-266-4833, or complete this Regional Storyteller Information Form (download and complete) and submit to: Lisa Overholser, SLSF Director, 4207 Lindell Blvd., Ste. 400, St. Louis, MO 63108. For 2017, applications must be submitted by Dec. 5, 2016! To be considered for a future festival, feel free to submit the form or contact Lisa Overholser at any time. 


If you're interested in getting St. Louis Storytelling Festival events at your school or scheduling a field trip for your students to attend the festival, please contact Lisa Overholser at or 314-266-4833, or download and complete this Session Request Form. For the 2017 Festival, please return completed forms by Dec. 20, 2016 for your best chances to be included in the schedule!

G.H.O.S.T. project

G.H.O.S.T. (Ghost, Horror, Or Scary Tales) is a University of Missouri Extension storytelling workshop and performance program, sponsored by MU Extension St. Louis Storytelling Festival and Extension 4-H. For more information, visit the G.H.O.S.T. home page.