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2021 Susquehanna Folk Festival Arcing to the Ridiculous A Tall Tales Workshop

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 Online Workshop 7-8 pm Eastern

About This Event:

Thinking about entering our Liars Contest this summer? In this workshop, master storyteller Andy Offutt Irwin teaches some of his tricks for creating comically believable balderdash.

Thinking about entering our Liars Contest this summer? In this workshop, master storyteller Andy Offutt Irwin teaches some of his tricks for creating comically believable balderdash.

At some point during the telling of a tall tale, the listener starts to think, "Wait... a... minute..." A terrific teller gets listeners to suspend their disbelief and just come along for the ride anyway.

Andy will demonstrate the four points of the narrative arc and how to make it veer toward the ridiculous. His trick of glazing the story with wit, "the humor of intelligence," draws listeners in, making them willing to be hornswoggled even before they know it's happening.

Andy will be the emcee for the Susquehanna Folk Festival Liars Contest to be held July 14. Anyone who can tell a funny, family-friendly story is invited to apply! Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three tellers.

A short trailer for the workshop and the Liars Contest

With a manic, Silly Putty voice, astonishing mouth noises, and heart-filled stories, Andy Offutt Irwin is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer.

Andy has been a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival ten times and is a perennial favorite at the International Storytelling Center’s Teller-in-Residence Series.

Tickets

Workshop on Zoom, 7-8 pm US Eastern Time

  • FREE admission, but please pre-register
  • Donations to defray expenses are very welcome!
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This event is part of the Endless Summer 2021 Susquehanna Folk Festival, coming to YOU this year with events all summer long.

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