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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.


Recap of the “Camera in Action” Workshop and Announcing the Upcoming “Writing for the Screen” Workshop.

Recap of the “Camera in Action” Workshop and Announcing the Upcoming “Writing for the Screen” Workshop.
The recent “Camera in Action” workshop hosted by midwestfilmmaker.com and taught by Dave Rutherford and Dave Berliner, was a fantastic learning experience from two guys who are at the top of their fields. “The Daves”, as we lovingly call them, pulled out all the stops with all the filmmaking toys anyone could ask for. Here’s a clip of the guys in action.
On the heels of this program comes the “Writing for the Screen” Workshop with Tim Breitbach and Jeramy Corray of Coolfire Studios; once again, two guys who are teaching from experience in their daily jobs. This workshop promises to be a fantastic learning experience, as Tim and Jeramy both have substantial writing credits for feature film and TV. The workshop will be held at the drool-worthy Coolfire Studios in St. Louis on May 30th.
As if that’s not enough and we can’t believe our lucky stars, film commissioner Andrea Sporcic will pay a visit to the “ Writing for the Screen” workshop to speak about the “Missouri Stories Scriptwriting Fellowship” offered by the Missouri Film Office. If you’re a writer looking for an immersive experience with top industry professionals, it doesn’t get any better than this. For more information on the “Writing for the Screen” workshop, go to midwestfilmmaker.com/screenwriting.