Hi Guys,

I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday. I’m looking forward to seeing a bunch of you at our next show on the 26th. Here’s the invite if you missed it:

Fresh Ground Stories: Permission Slips – Stories of going for it

Thursday, Jan 26, 2017, 7:00 PM

Roy Street Coffee & Tea
700 Broadway East – Seattle, WA

103 Story Fans Attending

Hi Everyone,I have a lot of writing projects swirling around me right now so I don’t have time to write my usual invitation story. But I want to get the next show scheduled so you can get it on your calendar.Next month’s theme is “Permission Slips – Stories of going for it”Four years ago a friend of mine told me my favorite word was no. I said, …

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In the meantime, I want to tell you about some great storytelling shows coming up in the next few weeks. They’re all run by people who have performed at our show and I’m happy to spread the word about them.

The first is from our new regular and former Moth producer, Danielle K.L. Gregoire. I love the concept of this show. Here is what it’s all about in Danielle’s words:

“Messages of Support is a storytelling show that focuses on true stories, where the audience is given a booklet of paper, a pencil and the opportunity to write a positive note to the storyteller should they feel moved, so at the end of the show anyone who has taken the stage can go home with an envelope full of messages of support to read whenever they need to be reminded of that moment when they took the stage and shared a part of their story with a group of people. The intent is to center storytellers in underserved communities, youth, and people who might otherwise be afraid to get on the stage.”

Super sweet, right? Head over to The Annex Theater next Wednesday if you’d like to see that sweetness in action.

Messages of Support
A Seattle Storytelling Project In development
First show
January 18th, 2017
Annex Theater
Cost: $10 but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds

Contact Danielle at mos.seattle.storytelling@gmail.com for more information.


Big Tim, who started telling stories with us back in 2012, has started his own storytelling open mic in Tacoma. I told a story there last month and I had a great time. In fact, a bunch of FGS regulars came down that night and we all had fun. I’ll be there again this month as an audience member but hopefully bringing some tellers with me from Olympia.


Jan 25 at B Sharp coffee shop in Tacoma

Our good friends at A Guide to Visitors are looking for a couple more stories for their next show, “Without Training Wheels” Tuesday, February 21st. Email them at pitches@agtv.org if you have a story about going out of comfort zone to try something new and exciting. If you don’t want to tell a story and just want to listen you can get tickets for the show here: http://www.agtv.org/

Lastly, on Feb 26 you can see five of our regulars onstage in a theater telling stories they worked on at FGS. Between the stories there are musical acts. The last show sold out so the producer is doing an encore presentation on the 26th. I’ll be hosting and trying to keep it all together 🙂


Feb 26 at The Jewelbox Theater

Bonus link!

Most of you know that Bill Bernat runs a free storytelling workshop once a month or so for anyone who has a story they want to work on. I’ve been there a couple of times myself and it’s always been a positive experience. https://www.meetup.com/Fresh-Ground-Stories-Storytelling-Workshop/

He now has a website where he’s interviewing local storytellers and producers about what they look for in a story. I don’t like posting stuff about myself in these emails but in the interests of full disclosure I should probably say that I’m one of the people Bill interviewed. Bill is big part of Seattle storytelling and a multiple winner of The Moth StorySlam. He’s a good person to keep on your radar and you can do that by checking out his new project at http://metastorytelling.com/

Ok, that’s all I got. Sorry for the lengthy email and all the plugs but there are some great stories and shows out there and I want to make sure you have a chance to catch them if you’re interested.

See you on the 26th!