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Upcoming Events

Story Jam

STORY JAM PASS

Chicago, IL CST
For our Story Jam Uber Fans!

STORYTELLING 101

Chicago, IL CST
Discover the thrill of storytelling and harness the power of a well-told personal narrative!

STORY BASH

Chicago, IL CST
In this afternoon workshop, Story Jam will help you generate stories through an array of fun improv games, prompts, and exercises. Guests will enjoy conjuring up new and previously forgotten stories while practicing storytel… read more

STORYTELLING 201

Chicago, IL CST
This challenging and exciting online class is for those who have already taken an introductory class or who are familiar with basic storytelling structure. In this class, we’ll take your storytelling to the next level with p… read more

GODDESS RISING

Chicago, IL CST
Welcome to another magical storytelling experience with master storyteller and performer Arlene Malinowski. This inclusive class offers personal narrative storytelling through the seminal arts of ancient feminine wisdom. In … read more
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Past Events

STORY JAM & OUTSPOKEN CELEBRATE PRIDE!

STORY JAM & OUTSPOKEN CELEBRATE PRIDE!

Chicago, IL
**This show is sold out but a handful of tickets will be available at the door.  •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••Join us for a night of heart and humor as we celebrate Pride Month in Chicago! OUTspoken LGBTQ+ Storytelling and STORY JAM will team up for a creative evening of personal stor…
Wednesday, June 29 2022 7:30 PM 9:30 PM

THE WRITING ROOM

THE WRITING ROOM

Chicago, IL
The Writing Room Returns! In the spirit of a college or grad-level writing class, The Writing Room features writing and storytelling instructors who focus on various elements of non-fiction narrative and personal essay crafting. Each week over Zoom, we invite a different instructor to share an ar…
Fri, Sep 9 2022 1:00 PM Fri, Oct 21 2022 4:00 PM

STORY JAM STORY SLAM!

STORY JAM STORY SLAM!

Chicago, IL
For the first time ever, Story Jam is hosting a storytelling contest! Storytellers will each share one five-minute true, personal story and the audience will have a say in who moved, entertained, stunned, and enlightened them. With a panel of esteemed judges, storytellers will compete for prizes wi…
Wednesday, October 26 2022 7:30 PM 9:30 PM

Your Own Private Idaho

Your Own Private Idaho

Lake Forest, IL
This super interactive workshop will inspire its participants to embrace a sense of place in their work, while creating their own private Idaho, or Winesburg, OH. Which is to say, in this workshop we will channel the spirit of Sherwood Anderson, Raymond Carver, Elizabeth Crane, Christine Maul Rice,…
Friday, October 21 2022 9:30 AM 3:30 PM

Writing For All Genres

Writing For All Genres

Lake Forest, IL
"Where we write impacts what we write and how we write about it." ~ Arlyn Miller In Writing for All Genres, acclaimed writer, teacher, and editor Arlyn Miller will offer an array of innovative writing activities, exercises, and prompts with accompanying sample texts, all specially tailored to harn…
Thursday, October 20 2022 9:30 AM 4:30 PM

SOLO INTENSIVE

SOLO INTENSIVE

Lake Forest, IL
Join the phenomenal Julie Ganey & Arlene Malinowski—who are writing the first comprehensive solo show text book ever!—for a one-day solo intensive in an incredible setting: Ragdale in Lake Forest, IL.  Solo shows are one-person performances in which the artist writes and tells either true, persona…
Wednesday, October 19 2022 9:30 AM 4:30 PM

The Art of Memoir

The Art of Memoir

Lake Forest, IL
Nurture your writer spirit and join us for an instructive day of immersive writing! Ellen Blum Barish leads this enchanting writers' day devoted to jump-starting, refreshing, or completing a work-in-progress in a magical setting. Let's extract a personal story from your memory-body-dreams-psyche a…
Tuesday, October 18 2022 9:30 AM 4:30 PM

Story Jam Presents Story Duets w/ Cellist Ian Maksin

Story Jam Presents Story Duets w/ Cellist Ian Maksin

Chicago, IL
STORY JAM features six incredible duet storytellers plus musical creations by the extraordinary Ian Maksin! Join Story Jam for another night of prepared personal stories by six entertaining tellers—Binkey Tolefree, Connor Gorman, Jacoby Cochran, Lily Be, Marya Frankel, and Reba Meshulam—with music…
Wednesday, September 28 2022 7:30 PM 9:00 PM

WRITE & TELL

WRITE & TELL

Lake Forest, IL
Join us for another FANTASTIC storytelling retreat at Ragdale in Lake Forest, IL. Guests will select from over twenty exciting personal narrative and writing workshops and events over the weekend of October 21-23, with pre-retreat workshop and extra night options! Participants will experience: • …
Fri, Oct 21 2022 3:00 PM Sun, Oct 23 2022 3:00 PM

MEMORY MAP

MEMORY MAP

Lake Forest, IL
In this class which kicks off a whole week of Story Jam Studio workshops at beautiful Ragdale, we'll explore the intersection of cultural history and individual experience. These moments carry both personal meaning and universality, and we will work on relaying historical facts from the perspective…
Monday, October 17 2022 10:00 AM 4:30 PM
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