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Storytelling Did I ever tell you about the time...

Do you have an anecdote that absolutely kills at parties? If This American Life isn’t returning your calls, you can turn to an increasing number of groups that are helping upwardly mobile 20-somethings find their voice—for a price. From $75 for a half-day workshop to $450 for a four-workshop series, you can hone your story with the expert guidance of Amy Saidman of SpeakeasyDC or Better Said than Done’s Jessica Piscitelli. Feeling brave? Wing it at a free Story League open-mic—then, persuade your friends to attend a showcase or tournament at around $15 a ticket. What sets storytelling apart from kickball and other bar-centered activities for D.C.’s young joiners is that it’s bona fide art—at least according to the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which gave SpeakeasyDC $15,000 for fiscal year 2012.

Our Readers Say

Thanks for the shout-out, Sadie!! Hope you are still rocking your fiddle!
Of course these stories are art. Because often enough, they aren't just anecdotes -- they're anecdotes that have meaning and emotional charge for the storyteller and the audience, which means that they resonate with the community's unconscious (or the collective unconscious, if you're a Jungian) and help us understand ourselves, our values and our shadow sides.

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