Tell Your Story

With the help of StoryOly, anyway! The story slam event, founded by Elizabeth Lord ’95 and Amy Shephard ’09, will be teaming up with Evergreen Alumni Programs for a special kick-off event on Friday November 3rd at 7:30pm. 

Elizabeth Lord

Elizabeth Lord ’95 will offer an Evergreen-themed storytelling party.

You’ll love opening the weekend with this special storytelling party in downtown Olympia. Laugh and learn as fellow alumni tell their Evergreen stories, or take the stage to tell your own!

Rhythm & Rye. No registration required. Suggested donation is $10. Cash only at the door.


If after this kick-off event on Friday you still don’t feel ready to share your story, polish it up with a session led by Elizabeth Lord on Saturday November 4th at Return to Evergreen. Then you’ll surely be prepared for your next story slam!

Speak Out: Explore the Art of Storytelling

Join Elizabeth Lord ’95, Professional Talker and co-founder of Olympia’s premiere storytelling event, StoryOly, for an interactive session. Learn the basics of compelling live, oral, performative storytelling. Discover how to shape a personal experience or memory into a captivating oral narrative and recall all of your story’s details without memorization. Learn what works when telling to an audience─and what doesn’t work. You will come away with a tale to tell, whether for friends and family, or on stage at the next StoryOly event.

Elizabeth Lord ’95Portrait of Elizabeth Lord

Elizabeth Lord fell in love and grew a passion for oral storytelling and traditional folktales while studying at Evergreen and earned a degree in Folklore and Theater in 1995. She joined the Olympia Storyteller’s Guild in 1992 (now known as the South Sound Storytelling Guild) and in 1996 began storytelling professionally. Since then she has performed for numerous organizations and groups both public and private throughout Western Washington. She is one of the hosts of Olympia’s popular monthly storytelling event, StoryOly, where community members come together to share, compete and tell true stories based on a monthly theme.

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