Past Meetup

Oral Storytelling Workshop

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Thanks in part to the popularity of The Moth, Vermont has a thriving oral storytelling community, with at least three monthly opportunities to tell a crowd, and several occasional settings. This ancient artform is both a genre unto itself, and a great way to develop a story. As writers, the form pushes us to find our most distilled and dramatic essence. What’s more important to good writing than being a great storyteller?

This workshop will provide storytellers, and writers interested in telling stories out loud, a chance to present and get feedback on tales told live. We’ll use feedback rules similar to regular BWW workshop to help storytellers develop their work in a safe and positive environment.

Sign up in advance for one of two monthly slots to tell your 5- to 7-minute story. It can be “Moth-style” (first person, true, happened to you), or any other genre, including multi-media, as long as the common denominator is oral and extemporaneous (prepared but delivered with no notes), and the piece fits the time limits.

Each workshop begins with a half-hour story development exercise in which all can participate. Typically this consists of brief story idea generation based on a prompt, followed by a chance to develop one of the ideas into a five-minute story either in pairs or in a small group.

In the last hour, we workshop the two prepared stories that are signed up in advance for the evening. We’ll focus on specific elements of the craft and give honest responses to the work.

Submit a request to be one of the two prepared stories workshopped this night—here (

If you need assistance with accessibility, please do not hesitate to request it.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Burlington Writers Workshop will make available to disabled members of the public disability-related modification or accommodations. Notification of five days prior to the meeting will enable the BWW to make arrangements to provide reasonable accommodations. If requested, reading materials can be made available in an alternative format.

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Leader: Deena Frankel