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If you're a local/regional 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 Application (download and complete) and submit to: Lisa Overholser, SLSF Director, 4207 Lindell Blvd., Ste. 400, St. Louis, MO 63108. For the 2018 Festival, applications must be submitted by Dec. 15, 2017! To be considered for a future festival, feel free to submit the form or contact Lisa Overholser at any time.



A full-day, hands-on workshop by Regi Carpenter

The St. Louis Storytelling Festival and NAMI - St. Louis present multi-award winning storyteller and Stories-in-Healthcare consultant Regi Carpenter in a full-day, hands-on workshop called "The Use of Storytelling in Clinical Care". It includes a research-based workshop demonstrating the use of folk and fairy tales in mental health care, and activities drawn from the Robert Wood Johnson Narrative Playbook Workshop, as well as Regi's own performance pieces.

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 20, 8:30 am - 5 pm

WHERE: St. Louis County Extension Office, 132 E. Monroe St., Kirkwood, MO 63122. 

WHO: Designed for social workers, mental health care practitioners, licensed counselors, caregivers, educators, or anybody interested in learning how to use stories in mental health clinical care settings

COST: $25 (half-day rates are $15)

HOW: Register here - Space is limited!!  Call 314-266-4833 for questions or more information.

CE/CEU credits are available through University of Missouri-St. Louis' Missouri Institute of Mental Health

This workshop is generously supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts


SNAP! a theatrical storytelling experience on mental health recovery

As a prelude to her Oct. 20 workshop on the use of storytelling in clinical care, Regi Carpenter presents SNAP! , a one-woman show that tells of her experiences as a sixteen-year-old institutionalized in a state mental hospital. Personal admission of hospitalization is still covered in secrecy, rarely treated as directly and honestly as in “SNAP!”. Carpenter’s short version of Snap! won her the 2012 Boston StorySlam for best of the year. The show is appropriate for teens and adults.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 19, 7:30 pm

WHERE: Kranzberg Arts Center Studio, 501 N. Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103

WHO: Appropriate for Teens and Adults

COST: $10 - tix available through MetroTix.

This performance is generously supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts





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


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 2018 Festival, please return completed forms by Jan. 12, 2018 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.