2019 Flatwater Tales

Save the Date!

The 2019 Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival will be held on Saturday, June 1st, in Oak Ridge, TN

As of September 1, 2018, tellers will include Bil Lepp, Bobby Norfolk, and Carmen Agra Deedy.  Details of location, event timings, to follow.

2018 Flatwater Tales

A Look Back – 2018 Flatwater Tales

Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival
Sunday June 3: 2 – 5 and 6:30 – 9:30 PM
with different performances each session

Oak Ridge Playhouse
Historic Jackson Square
227 Broadway Av
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Three nationally recognized storytellers shared stories, music, and maybe even a few secrets at the First Annual Flatwater Tales. Bil Lepp, Tim Lowry, and Minton Sparks with guitarist John Jackson made us laugh, inspired us, and enriched our lives with the power of their tales.

Our afternoon session was a complete sellout and the evening one had but a few empty seats! We were overwhelmed with the support and enthusiasm our audiences displayed at the first annual Flatwater Tales!

In addition to our cast of tellers, the audiences heard from our Presenting Sponsor, the Oak Ridge Fund for Achieving Community Excellence, an affiliate fund of the East Tennessee Foundation. Without receiving the first ever ORFace grant, the Tales would never have made it to the stage.

We were also graced by the attendance of Kiran Singh Sirah, President of the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN,

available online (click Buy Tix buttons at the bottom of this page) or buy at the Ferrell Shop here in Historic Jackson Square in Oak Ridge.

Minton Sparks Writing Workshop: “Create Your Own Story”
Friday Jun 1,     2 – 5 PM

Auditorium at the UT Arboretum
901 S Illinois Av
Oak Ridge, TN  37830

Minton Sparks, acclaimed storyteller, writer, poet, and performer will guide participants on a 3-hour interactive writing and performing experience. You will focus on the questions “Where are you from?” and “How does where you are from inform the definition of who you are?” while writing your own stories, exploring your family tree, studying storytelling techniques and learning from Minton’s own work and experience. Minton will then guide you through using your stories to create various poems, pictures, and performances. The workshop’s contemplative woodland setting, in the Auditorium at the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge, will help inspire you.

No writing or performance experience necessary.

Cost for the workshop is $75, and is limited to 30 participants.

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NEWS FROM THE FLATWATER FESTIVAL IN OAK RIDGE JUNE 1-3 For immediate release: Contact: Emily Jernigan 865-300-5675 emily@jernigans.net April 13, 2018 FLATWATER FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE FIRST STORYTELLING FESTIVAL in OAK RIDGE June 1 and 3 Internationally acclaimed storytellers to perform, share laughter, tears and create memories Presented by the Oak Ridge Fund for Achieving Community …