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Storytelling Tips!

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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

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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

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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!

https://citywinery.com/chicago/story-jam-5-20-18.html

Interview w/ Unrated Magazine

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