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Storytelling conference to be held Friday, Oct. 28

Released: 10/20/2005

LSU Alexandria, the Louisiana Storytelling Association and the Cenla Storytelling Guild are sponsoring the second annual Southern Crossroads Storytelling Conference at LSU Alexandria on Friday, Oct. 28.

Caren Neile, director of the South Florida Storytelling Project, will be the keynote speaker.

The event begins at 8 a.m. with workshops followed by lunch at 11 a.m. and a Scholarly Paper Presentation from noon until 3 p.m.

The main event – the storytelling concert – is from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. in the Caffey Annex. It features stories presented by Neile and storytellers Worley Firmin, Mary and Neil Early, Mary LeCompte and S. Corinne Pearce.

Neile’s keynote address will be delivered at a 6 p.m. dinner. Neile is founder of the Palm Beach County Storytelling Guild and founding managing editor of the journal Storytelling, Self, Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Storytelling Studies. She has presented performances, workshops, keynotes and seminars throughout North America and the Caribbean. She is a 2005 recipient of a NSN Oracle Award for Regional Service and Leadership, and a 2001 recipient of a Woodrow Wilson National Foundation Fellowship. Halloween ghost stories will be told at 7:45 p.m., also in the Caffey Annex. The ghost stories will go on “for as long as it takes to drive the spirits back from the world of the living,” according to the SCSC brochure.

The storytelling concert and ghost stories are both free of charge. Registration for the rest of the conference is $40, which includes all events and both meals. Workshops and meals may also be purchased separately.

For more information, contact LSUA’s Dr. Owen Elmore at or the Louisiana Storytelling Association’s Neil Early at Or visit a link to the SCSC’s Website at