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Feb 13 FREE Spoken Word Storytelling Workshop ALL Novice & Experienced Writers/Performers WELCOME

Love The Moth? Addicted to Story Core?
Come to our workshop on the Spoken word.

SPEAK EASY (working title), a New Spoken Word Storytelling group, is forming in St. Louis. Script Mechanics is proud to partner with SPEAK EASY founders Deborah Barylski, Nancy Lewis, and Sandra Olmsted to offer a FREE workshop on first-person, narrative storytelling. We’ll cover tips on performing a story, how to prepare stories for a spoken-word performance, and how to produce a performance.

Those who are interested in sharing a stories, getting tips on presentation, and/or being a performance producer are welcome to our
FREE Storytelling Workshop
at the
Buder Library
February 13 at 1-6pm

In order to demonstrate the process, we invite you to bring a first draft of a 500-word (or-less) story based on either of these prompts: “anniversary” or “release.” Please don’t revise your stories because polishing and shaping the stories is part of the workshop’s process. These prompts have multiple meanings and storytellers are encouraged to use the which ever meaning appeals to them.  Your story—which could be funny, ironic or poignant—should be a personal-narrative, real-life experience told in first person. Be as honest as possible!  The story for this exercise will be only about 1-2 minutes long when you read it aloud. Please bring 10 copies of the story.


Spoken word performances celebrate storytelling, an ancient art wired in our DNA. Just as storytelling sessions around the campfire of paleolithic to post-modern mankind have build community and help people share insight into the human condition, the Spoken Word Movement embraces the same values. SPEAK EASY will offer an opportunity for novice and professional storytellers to tell their stories in a welcoming and safe environment.

Deborah Barylski is an Emmy Award-winning casting director (for ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT); other credits include THE MIDDLE, JUST SHOOT ME, and HOME IMPROVEMENT.  She has worked with the spoken word movement in Los Angeles at “Rant ’n Rave,” “Spark Off Rose,” and “Secret Rose Theatre” as well as watching many other story telling venues.  She is also a teacher, theatre director and St. Louis native.
Nancy Lewis is a local actress and Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher in St. Louis.  She read about Oral Fixation, a story-telling venue in Dallas, Texas and was interested in bringing this type of venue to St. Louis.  Stories, storytelling, sharing our experiences can be empowering and life-changing.
Sandra Olmsted has shaped writers’ scripts through Script Mechanics screenwriting workshops and CinemaSpoke screenwriting contest with her keen sense of story. She is a television producer, an award winning filmmaker, and a PhD candidate at Saint Louis University.


Script Mechanics Screenwriting Workshop Sat Jan 9, 1-6 pm

Jan 9 Actors needed Writers Wanted Screenwriting Workshop & Table Read

Script Mechanics Screenwriting Workshop Sat Jan 9, 1-6 pm

Script Mechanics FREE Screenplay Workshop and Table Read — Actors Needed, Writers Wanted!

Jan 9, 1-6 pm

When:  Sat Jan 9, 1-6 pm

Where:  Buder Library 4401 Hampton Ave, 63109

What:  Screenplay Table Reading and Workshop

Please join us this month on Jan 9 for the reading of Keshia Thomas’ screenplay; logline: A young faerie and mermaid are stalked by a dangerous siren desperate to achieve freedom from the Faerie boundaries.  There roles for men and women, and we will need between 6 & 10 readers/actors.

Every voice is welcome, and we will have lots of varied parts to read and maybe some fun sound effects — just like the olden days!

Script Mechanics’ monthly screenwriting workshop and script reading this Saturday, and we also discuss the writing life and the art of screenwriting.

Actors — Practice your Audition skills by participating in the COLD READING at Script Mechanics’ table reads!

WRITERS — We are currently looking for scripts to read this fall and winter at Script Mechanics. If you have script that you would like coverage on, please contact Sandra Olmsted or Mary Schirmer.

Actors, writers, directors, producers, and film fans are all welcome to attend.