If there’s one good thing I’m taking away from this year, it’s realizing how many people have played a part in keeping me safe and sane over the course of my life. From David K and his mom taking me in when I was 17 and had nowhere else to go, to my friends Emily and Amanda who shove cookies through my cat door when they think I’m running low on treats. I’m always surprised to find out that people are thinking of me.

Not every moment of kindness has a story behind it. But some definitely do. I’d love to know who had your back when you were knocked down and nearly out. Did they pick you up? Or were they already down there in the muck and for a moment they just made you feel like you weren’t alone?

Our next show in January 21, at 7 pm. Come tell a story about a time when someone had your back. Did they offer you a couch when you were living in your car? Did they stand up for you at work when it was dangerous to do so? Maybe a bus driver let you on without paying when you were broke but on your way to a job interview. We’ve all been helped out in the moment by friends, family, or strangers. We’d love to hear about a time when that happened to you.

Remember to practice out loud on as many people as possible and time yourself when you’re doing it. All stories have to be under 8 minutes. Stories also have to be pretty clean in both language and content. The rest of the rules and guidelines are below:

https://freshgroundstories.com/2013/01/22/storytelling-rules-and-guidelines/

Workshops are a great way to get feedback on a story you’re working on. Here are two I highly recommend:

Stay Awesome Storytelling Virtual Workshop

Seattle, WA
123 Members

It’s a virtual storytelling workshop with The Moth Radio storyteller and TED speaker Bill Bernat and Nutritious Truth’s Melody Owen.Bring a story about 5 minutes or, tell it,…

Check out this Meetup Group →

FGS – Storytelling Workshop

Seattle, WA
645 Storytellers

This workshop helps you become a better storyteller and to prepare to tell stories at events like Fresh Ground Stories or The Moth.The workshop is free.A diverse group of pe…

Next Meetup

January ONLINE Storytelling Workshop

Sunday, Jan 3, 2021, 1:00 PM
12 Attending

Check out this Meetup Group →

Both are free and run by experienced tellers who have told many times at FGS. I’m also available to help on stories. Send me an email and we set up a call.

If you want to tell a story at the show, email me at freshgroundstories@gmail.com as soon as possible so I can get you on the list.

I’ll send out a Zoom registration link to everyone in the Meetup group the Monday before each show. You must register for the show in order to attend. After you register, Zoom will send you a link to the actual show. Each link is unique to the person who registered so you won’t be able to share it with anyone. 

If you know someone who wants to attend but isn’t a member of the Meetup group you can share the registration link that I send out. That way they can register and get their own unique link to the show. Sorry if that’s confusing. Email me if you have any questions.

Feel free to RSVP on Meetup if you want their automatic reminders, but I’ll be sending the Zoom link to everyone in the group regardless of your RSVP.

We only have 100 spots in each show (98 actually since me and my assistant each take one spot) so the first 98 people to register for the show will be the only ones who can attend. 

Hop to see a bunch of you on the 21st!

Paul
freshgroundstories@gmail.com