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Fact or Fiction: A Live Storytelling Event


Fact or Fiction: A Live Storytelling Event

Fri., 9/29/17, 7pm - 9pm @ UW Center for Civic Engagement
Do you have the skills to tell a great story? How about a story that fakes out hundreds of people? Maybe a true story so incredible that it defies belief. Or one that makes a person think "Yeah, I could see that happening," but the thing is, it didn't. If any of that applies to you, join us for this storytelling event that kicks off the 2017 Central Wisconsin Book Festival!

Here's how it'll work: A stage. A microphone. And stories (3-5 minutes each). The audience will try to guess if each story is fact or fiction. The winner is the storyteller who tricks the most people in the audience. Everyone gets to enjoy telling and hearing the ripping yarns, both tall tales and honest truths, and the winner receives a prize! The event is free and no registration or tickets are required, but keep in mind the evening is for mature audiences only.

Our emcee for the night will be Charles Monroe-Kane, a modern-day raconteur and who has told stories for drinks all over the world. Charles and members of the UWMC faculty and staff of MCPL will be working one-on-one with each storyteller to help develop both the story and the performance.

A panel of judges will be selecting the 10 best stories for this event. The deadline is Sept. 15. Email your stories to Word counts of 250 – 400 words suggested for reading time of 3-5 minutes. Include all contact information and your classification of the story as fact or fiction. Please also state that you are eighteen years or older, and that the work is your own. Hard copy submissions can be brought to the Marathon County Public Library, 300 N. First St. c/o Chad Dally.

Support for this program provided by the UW-Marathon County Lecture & Fine Arts Series, the Marathon County Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the Marathon County Public Library and Wisconsin Public Radio.

About our emcee: Charles Monroe-Kane is a producer and interviewer for the nationally-syndicated radio program To the Best of Our Knowledge and author of the 2016 memoir "Lithium Jesus." Prior to his work on public radio, he made pottery in Costa Rica, started a record label in Amsterdam and an internet café in Prague, and ran a circus, among other odd (in all meanings of the word) jobs.
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Brief: Ten stories by 10 different storytellers, and the audience judges if the stories are true or false! Prizes for the two stories that fake out the audience the most! Free to attend, but mature audiences only. Send submissions by 9/15 to

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