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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.

Come to the workshop with your story idea or practiced story. We'll draw names if necessary for two stories to be workshopped at each session. Your story should be about 5- to 7-minutes long. 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 generally fits the time limits. We’ll focus on specific elements of the craft and give honest responses to the work.

**Please note that we have moved! This workshop will be held in our beautiful new, fully accessible workshop space at 110 Main Street, Suite 3C in downtown Burlington. Get directions and parking information (

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Deena Frankel