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. 


The theme for our Spring 2023 Storytelling Night is SHENANIGANS. Check back again soon for more information!
Call for storytellers!!


Elk River Arts & Lectures is hosting a live storytelling show on Thursday, April 13th to showcase true-life “SHENANIGANS” stories from our community!

We want to hear all about your silly, serious or sincere SHENANIGANS – tales of mischief (mis)managed and (mis)adventures! Surprises, schemes & subversion! Pranks, hijinks & antics! Breaking rules, going rogue, crossing the line… getting caught or getting away with it!

Ready to share some merry mayhem?! To be considered, please submit a brief story outline by March 10th – selected storytellers will perform in front of a friendly audience at The Elks Lodge on April 13th.

If your pitch is chosen, you’ll have 4 weeks to craft and workshop your 7-10-minute story with our team and rehearse before the event. First-time storytellers welcome & encouraged!

Submission Guidelines:
 – 200 words max
 – Your story must be true and personal to you
 – Your story must be related to the theme “Shenanigans”
 – Your story must be a story! (Not a poem, rant, philosophical musing, political stance, stand-up comedy routine, etc.)
 – These stories will ideally be told (not read) at the event

Pitches are due March 10th!

Organizers will notify selected storytellers by March 17th.

Email with any questions.

About Elk River’s

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.

Past events

Fish Out of Water (April 2022)

Featuring: Raymond Ansotegui, Isabelle Carlhian, Carmen Dunn, Bill Grover, and Carl Sheehan

View Fish Out of Water photos here


The Witching Hour (October 2022)

Featuring: Eric Berg, Megan Eubank, E.E. Mason, Anjabella Roseberry, Hannah Roseberry, and Teresa A. Lewis Watts

View Witching Hour photos here 


“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


I just really enjoyed the entire process. It was a huge challenge for me, and I’m so glad I did it. The one-on-one coaching was extremely helpful to me!”

—Storyteller Megan Eubank

“It is always good to push your comfort zone.”

—Storyteller Eric Berg

“You have found something that is good for Livingston, good for society and good for bringing people together.”

—Audience member Cliff David on October 2022 Storytelling Night