The Bluff Country Tale Spinners was started in 1999 by Dr. Phyllis Blackstone and Ms. Sara Slayton. Both these women had backgrounds in teacher education and children's literature and an abiding interest in storytelling. Phyllis had belonged to a storytelling guild when she lived on the East Coast, so when she arrived in La Crosse she searched for a comparable group. There was none, but she was given Sara's name. Sara had been teaching a storytelling class for Extended Education. The two met and the Tale Spinners guild was created. Current members include story tellers and story listeners from all walks of life; teachers, lawyers, therapists, military personnel, toastmasters, home schoolers, forensics members, parent, grandparents, retirees, and teens.
During BCTS guild meetings announcements are made about current local, state, regional,
and national storytelling events and there is a brief time used for guild business.
However, most of the time is spent sharing stories. Beginner through advanced tellers
share stories and receive feedback from Guild members. Storytellers do not have to
be professional, they only need to have a love of stories. Shared stories come from
personal experience, folklore, legends, history and numerous other sources. Story
listeners are always welcome!
BCTS Meetings are held the second Thursday of every month, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at
King Street Kitchen, 141 7th St. S., La Crosse, Wisconsin.