Storytelling Night

Storytelling Night provides community members opportunities to pitch their true stories, develop their storytelling skills with the guidance and support of experienced storytellers, and perform their stories live in downtown Livingston. 


Community storytelling

storytelling night

One of Elk River Arts & Lectures’ newest programs, Storytelling Night features oral tradition. We are thrilled to be reaching new audiences with this program, which invites community members (not just writers) to pitch stories. Those selected work with program leaders to hone their storytelling skills before presenting in front of a supportive audience at the live Storytelling Night – free and open to the public.

Our first-ever event featured six local storytellers and an audience of 90! The fabulous tales and the terrific turnout made it clear that Park County has stories to share and that we want to hear from each other.

We are planning to make Storytelling Night a more regular occurrence. We aim to hold the event during “shoulder season,” a transitional time when locals get outside less and crave community more.

Save the date for the next Storytelling Event on October 20, 2022! The theme is Witching Hour.

Past events




Elk River Arts & Lectures hosted its inaugural Storytelling Night April 21, 2022, showcasing the wild, unique, and true “Fish Out of Water” tales from our community. With the support of our truly amazing Story Team, community members Raymond Ansotegui, Isabelle Carlhian, Carmen Dunn, Bill Grover, and Carl Sheehan told their stories.


“Community exchange, getting me out to dare to share, support, encouragement and feedback received in the process […] Thank you for a rewarding and empowering experience” -Storyteller Isabelle Carlhian 

“I would do it again in a heartbeat!” -Storyteller Bill Grover

“So very brilliant and utterly enjoyable.” -Community member Facebook comment on April 2022 Storytelling Night

Poster by Tessa Moeckel.

Photographs by William Campbell.