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Bil’s humorous, family-friendly tall tales and stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life.

Though a five time champion of the West Virginia Liarss Contest, Lepp’s stories often contain morsels of truth which present universal themes in clever and witty ways.

Audiences all across the country, from grade schools to corporate execs to the Comedy Central’s Hudson stage, have been delighted by Bil’s mirthful tales and delightful insights into everyday life.

Bil’s books and audio collections have won awards including the PEN Steven Kroll Award for Children’s Book Writing, Parents’ Choice Gold awards, and awards from the National Parenting Publications Association, and the Public Library Association.

"…Lepp, a cross between Dr. Seuss and…film noir...." – Charleston Gazette.

For more information about Bil, visit his website – www.leppstorytelling.com

– 2017 Schedule of Events



All events held at the College Center

at Crozier-Williams

Connecticut College, New London, CT

All Festival events on Friday and Saturday, including registration, performances, workshops and meals, will be held in the College Center at Crozier-Williams, the college's student union on the Connecticut College campus, unless otherwise noted.

Go here for a campus map to the College Center at Crozier-Williams and event parking.
Click here for directions to Connecticut College.



REGISTER for the Festival ONLINE NOW!

The Connecticut Storytelling Center uses PayPal to process credit card transactions but you do not need a PayPal account to register. You will be given a choice between paying by credit card or PayPal.
You'll find a link to a PDF version of the registration form
to download, print and mail here too.

http://connstorycenter.org/festivalRegistration.htm



Friday, April 28



7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.     CABARET

Entertainment for Grown-Ups, with wine and refreshments.
With musician Joe Flood, and storytellers Sheila Arnold Jones and Bil Lepp

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Saturday, April 29



8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. REGISTRATION –  Browse Vendors

Coffee and mingle. We're friendly.

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.   A GATHERING OF TELLERS

With musician Joe Flood, and storytellers Julie Pasqual, Anne Rutherford and Sheila Arnold Jones


10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  CONCERT with headliner Bil Lepp


12:00 - 1:30 p.m.   LUNCH & SHOPPING

NEW and Beloved Vendors – Rare storytelling CDS, props and much more.

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1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.   WORKSHOP - Session 1

Kate Dudding - “Giving Voice to People From the Past:
How to Research and Develop a True Story”.

True stories about people who have made a difference are important stories to tell, stories your listeners need to remember. They give your listeners hope and inspiration. These stories should concentrate on the people, not the frequently dull historical facts and figures, nor their famous personas.

Learn to find inspiring historical people, research their lives, and create memorable stories about them. Includes exercises, example stories, and a handout. For intermediate to advanced tellers.

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.   WORKSHOP - Session 1

Bil Lepp - “How To Create a Tall Tale”.
Bil’s humorous, family-friendly tall tales and stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. Learn how he takes a story that contains a morsel of truth and turns it into a clever, witty, tall tale.

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1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.   PERFORMANCES - Session 1

1. Julie Pasqual/ Anne Rutherford

2. Connecticut Tells Folktales with Sara deBeer, Marianne McShane, Ellie Toy and Sharon Lynch



3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.   WORKSHOPS - Session 2

1. Sara deBeer - “Let the Characters Speak:
Generating Poetry from Folktales”.

Participants will discover the similarities and differences between spoken and written language, learn to portray each character in a story as a distinct individual, and strengthen their skills as storytellers and as writers.

After listening to Sara tell a short folktale, participants will create “group poems” exploring the points-of-view of different characters. In the second part of the workshop, participants will hear a second short folktale, then work in small groups to add language that expands the story’s visual and emotional content. The group as a whole will create poems reflecting these elaborations. Finally, participants will write their own poems, using one of the processes just illustrated for them.

2. Marianne McShane - “How to Catch the Editor’s Eye:
From Storytelling to Printed Book”.
Collect and Tell Personal Tales.
Have you dreamed of seeing your story in print? Have you imagined your story enhanced with illustrations? Come to Marianne’s workshop and get tips to help make your dream a reality. With a focus on publication by a traditional house, learn how to:
Prepare and submit your work • Format your manuscript • Avoid common mistakes • Find the right publisher • Bypass the slush pile • Catch an editor’s eye.

Editors are forever looking for well-written, fresh, and imaginative tales. Pull out that manuscript and give it a shine. Send it out into the world. Your story might be the one to live happily ever after!

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3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.     PERFORMANCES - Session 2

1. Sheila Arnold Jones - “What Is This Thing Called “Freedom?”
Betsy Costner is a slave who was born in North Carolina, but during the “second migration” is moved without her family to Alabama. She shares her life, loves and losses and then turns to a conversation about life after the Civil War, including her search for her children, the desire for education and how exciting and confusing is the concept of “freedom”. Program includes some singing, audience interaction.

Musician, Joe Flood, will share the stage with Sheila Arnold Jones with banjo Civil War music and song examples, the history of the banjo and its connections to Africa and Ireland. From Jefferson’s "Banjar" to "Deliverance" - The only truly American instrument, the banjo, like so many things that we identify as uniquely American, has its roots in Africa. Throughout the 19th century, this heritage was widely recognized, if simultaneously slighted, by the banjo's constant presence in the hands of blackface minstrels, and many of what we today consider traditional American folk songs were written to be accompanied by the banjo on the minstrel stage by such Tin Pan Alley songwriters as Stephen Foster and Connecticut’s own Henry Clay Work. This brief presentation explores the attitudes and ironies of this long and complex history and its deep influence on American popular music.

2. Story Sharing - Bobby Klau, facilitator. This is your turn to tell a story! Come with a five minute prepared folktale, fairytale, literary story, or personal tale to present to the group.

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5 p.m. - AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION   6 p.m. - DINNER


7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.    SATURDAY NIGHT FIVE

A mix of styles and tales to surprise and enthrall you.
With musician Joe Flood, and storytellers Sheila Arnold Jones, Marianne McShane, Julie Pasqual, Bil Lepp



SUNDAY - STORY SWAP at The Clarion Inn 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Come prepared to tell a 5 minute story, or just listen!

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~ Campus Slammer is on hiatus. ~



MEET THE PERFORMERS!

http://connstorycenter.org/festivalwhoswho.htm



REGISTER for the Festival ONLINE NOW!

The Connecticut Storytelling Center uses PayPal to process credit card transactions but you do not need a PayPal account to register. You will be given a choice between paying by credit card or PayPal.
You'll find a link to a PDF version of the registration form
to download, print and mail here too.

http://connstorycenter.org/festivalRegistration.htm



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–  Presenter Proposal Applications for Festival 2018 due May 1, 2017 –

CLICK HERE!



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