Even typing that word, “Speaking,” is scary for me. But I’m going to do it anyway. I’ve learned it pays off to put myself out there, so I’ve decided to put my mouth where my fingers are, or something like that. I’m going to speak in public, okay? I’m new to this world, so go easy on me.
On this page I’ll share some of the places I’ve discovered for telling stories. If you know of more, send them my way!
The Moth presents events around the country called StorySLAMs, which is an evening of 10 amateur storytellers telling 5 minute yarns, followed by light-hearted audience judging. If you’re local to the Beantown area, let me know if you ever want to come with me to one of these. It’s become my favorite outing for a Tuesday night (and so what if it’s the only Tuesday night outing I’ve been to since having kids).
Listen to Your Mother
Thanks to Nina Badzin for sharing the news that this group is presenting shows around the country, during which writers will read 3-5 minute essays about motherhood. The Boston show will take place in May. You in?
Perhaps you’d like to try telling a story but aren’t so sure about the public part yet. Lea Thau, who runs the podcast Strangers, has a website where you can record your own story. There’s no guarantee she’ll put it on the podcast, of course, but it could be fun anyway. Speaking from experience, I’d say it’s a good way to break the ice.