In compliance with the Kansas City, MO and Jackson County mask orders, masks will be required at branches under the authority of the Jackson County Health Department as of Monday, August 9th in addition to those in Kansas City, MO as of August 2nd. Learn More.

In-Branch: Normal hours, technology services, browsing, and meeting rooms. Holds Pick-Up: In-Branch or curbside or drive-up service. View current services.

Back to top

Personal Storytelling: Part One: How to Choose the Right Story to Tell (ZOOM)

Wed, Sep 8 2021
6:30pm - 8:00pm Central
Virtual Branch
Age Group
For adults


The Story Center
Story Center Event
Virtual Event


Personal storytelling empowers storytellers to embrace an “aha” moment in their lives that changes them somehow in a way that is universally felt and understood by their audience. After a short story improv, learn about the five “beats” of narrative storytelling, and the different ways to start and end a story in a satisfying way. Then, focus on the brevity of language and throwing out “performative” and literary reciting in favor of authentic reliving of the experience. Leave with some article links on personal storycrafting do’s and don’ts, along with a few personal narrative stories to watch to see how different storytellers create compelling true stories using similar techniques. Program registration will close 30 minutes prior to the start of the program. Participants will be emailed a Zoom access code 30 minutes before the start of the program, so please include your email in the registration. Please note: You must sign into the room prior to the start of the program. Admittance to the classroom will close five minutes after the program's start time. Space is limited.


View All Times

Register Now

Resources You May Also Like

Short Story Index Retrospective

Locate short stories published from 1915 to 1983.
More Info

Columbia Granger's World of Poetry

Find a poem by first line, subject, or keyword.
More Info

Events You May Also Like

Blogs You May Also Like

NaNoWriMo Is Here!
Read More

NaNoWriMo Is Here!

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month
Documenting Pandemic Stories
Read More

Documenting Pandemic Stories

Tumultuous, disruptive, unprecedented—just a few adjectives people have used to describe the

Was this page helpful? Yes No