Storytelling Tips!

I had a blast hosting my first storytelling workshop at The Old Town School of Folk Music this past Saturday. The nine attendees were very inspiring, and thoroughly played along with all of my outlandish requests.

We started out the workshop with a few physical, stand-on-your-feet games to open up and get the juices flowing. Then, we sat down and did a few writing prompts, which were fun to explore. People shared what they wrote and we talked about how to find the best personal stories.

No one wanted to take a break when I asked, so we chartered on.

We dug in some more with a few in-depth writing prompts, and off they went into writingland. I watched them as they toiled and wrote, and came up with the most awesome stories. We then shared the stories and found ourselves shocked to realize that four hours had just flown by.

Here are a few tips I doled out in the workshop:

HELPFUL STORYTELLING TRICKS • Land the opening line! • Use the Transition Triad: 1). I wasthisway; 2). Something happe…

May Story Jam Show: Recap!-by Maggie

Our May 20th Story Jam show was a fantastic success. We were incredibly touched by all the storytellers and musicians who contributed their talents to our show. Shannon Cason reminded us of the trials of young-love with his recounts of college dating. Nestor Gomez used humor to move us with his story about the long, grueling process of gaining citizenship in the United States, and Annalise Raziq reminded us that, after losing a loved one, heartbreak can be both healing and humorous. Stephanie Rogers sang soulful, funky songs to compliment the various stories, backed by an amazing ten-piece band.

We are so looking forward to the next show happening September 16th, noon, at City Winery! If you want to feel inspired by these artists and musicians--then mark your calendars for September 16th, folks.

Upcoming Story Jam Show

Hello friends, Maggie here!

Our May Story Jam show is coming up, and I already know it's going to be such a moving, unique, and lively experience. We are featuring renowned storyteller Shannon Cason, as well as three other storytellers who have been spotlighted on NPR. Nestor Gomez, a national award-winner, will also be performing at our show. We are very lucky to have such a fantastic line-up.

If you love literature, music, and the arts, I highly encourage you to join us this Sunday, May 20th, noon, at City Winery. This is a show you don't want to miss!

There will be great food, drinks, and fun new Story Jam merchandise.

Click the link below to get your tickets!

Interview w/ Unrated Magazine

By Dan Locke Stephanie Rogers the Hipchick Interview - January 17, 2018

STORY JAM 9.17-1

Check out the video from Story Jam 9.17 below!

Featured Student

I am the featured student in my grad program's newsletter this month! Thank you, Andrea Diaz and NLU!

Q: When did you begin the MSWC program at National Louis University?

I am on the slow train in this program! I started two years ago, and I’m only halfway through.

Q: What have been some of your favorite classes?

I loved “Women’s Lives Into Literature” and “Advanced Expository Writing,” both with Dr. Koch, and I got a lot out of “Online Publishing” and "Editing For Publication.” All of my classes have been excellent! I am learning so much in this program.

I'm currently taking “Young Adult Fiction,” with the extraordinary Laurie Lawlor. It’s definitely not a comfortable genre for me, but I love Laurie, the challenge of writing fiction, and all the cool, imaginative ideas my fellow students bring to class each week.

Q: What is your professional/musical background?

I was a theatre major in undergrad, and even after spending time acting in LA and Chicago, I kept coming around to mu…



It's a flippin' blast of a show! Story Jam combines personal story with original songs written for each story, played by a smokinhot ten-piece band. Some stories are kinda serious; many are hilarious. Music is played throughout the night, and there are often surprise performances and other fun moments. It's pretty darn entertaining, if I may say so!


The storytellers are mostly fantastic local performers recruited from the Chicago storytelling scene. Many of them are Moth Slam/Grand Slam winners. Each Story Jam aims for a diverse line-up of interesting, talented people. Sometimes we simply find folks who *should* be on stage, regardless of awards and experience.


The stories are sent to me ahead of time before each show. I draw out some of the highlights from the stories, and turn them into tunes! The band learns them ahead of time, and rehearses the day of the show.