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Everyone has a story to tell.

No matter your prior experience, no matter if you intend to submit a story or craft it for your own creative satisfaction, we’ve got a class or workshop sure to shake up your imaginative process.


Classes & Workshops for Your Creative Practice

2019/20 Single Day Story Intensives

Now, by “intensive” we don’t mean advanced or exclusive. Imagine a day of nothing but writing, renewal, and immersion in the first person narrative storytelling form. We'll start off with brainstorming exercises designed to help you mine your own life for story possibilities, and then spend time bringing a brand new piece of work to life through writing, feedback, and performance techniques designed to bring dimension and theatricality to your story. You’ll get one-on-one feedback from the instructor, group response from the workshop ensemble, and you’ll leave with a start on a new story. Hearty snacks provided!

WHEN: September 22, 2019, 12:00pm - 6:00pm
FEE: $95.00 ($75.00 for students/seniors)

WHEN: January 25, 2020, 10:00am - 4:00pm
FEE: $95.00 ($75.00 for students/seniors)

WHEN: April 18, 2020, 10:00am - 4:00pm
FEE: $95.00 ($75.00 for students/seniors)

WHEN: June 14, 2020, 12:00pm - 6:00pm
FEE: $95.00 ($75.00 for students/seniors)


2nd Story From Beginning to End

Hosted only once a season, this eight-week class leads participants through the entire 2nd Story process, from story conception to final performance. This class focuses on building the skills necessary for crafting a first person story, and culminates in a simply produced 2nd Story style performance. Great for writers at all levels! This class is limited to a maximum of 8 participants. 

WHEN: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm, October 1 - November 19, 2019
FEE: $400.00 ($275.00 for students/seniors)


Classes & Workshops for Your Professional Development

A Story for Any Moment*

Develop, practice, and polish the story of who you are, what you do, and why you do it in this three-hour workshop. The exercises are expertly crafted to engage participants in both reflection and practice that results in a deeper understanding of how to shape experiences into compelling narratives that highlight the impact of their work.

WHEN: February 11, 2020, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
FEE: $55.00


The Art of the Pivot*

Take a single, impactful story and learn how to deploy it for any personal or professional situation. In this three-hour workshop, participants will learn different strategies to connect the story they are telling to the point they are trying to make. 

WHEN: March 3, 2020, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
FEE: $55.00

*These workshops can be taken separately or together as companion workshops.


HOW TO PUBLISH YOUR PERSONAL ESSAY

Taught by published writers from the 2nd Story Company, this four-week class teaches you how to take a story you crafted for the stage and rework it to pitch it for publication.

Coming your way Spring 2020!


Scholarships

In order to reduce financial barriers, 2nd Story offers full and partial scholarships for its classes and workshops. Interested in a scholarship? Apply for a scholarship today!


About the Process.

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collaborative

We don’t just sit at our computers and churn this stuff out, and we don’t expect anybody else to create stories that way either.  Our creative process involves group collaboration, feedback, and exploration.  Collaboration is integral to our process not just because it feels good (which it does!) but also because it works.

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Inclusive

Our classes draw upon the various backgrounds and skill sets that are present in the room.  It’s important to us that we meet each student where they are at, and we honor the expertise in the room.  Each individual brings a different set of experiences to the room, and each viewpoint brings a different voice to the table.

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We specialize in creative non-fiction and personal narrative, crafting intimate stories that are close to our hearts. We realize that everyone in the room has a different reason for being there, and we do our best to create an atmosphere where people feel safe enough to dig deep, and achieve their own writing goals.
 


From Our Students:

The class absolutely met my expectations! I came in with a very unsure concept about how or even if I could write a story that could compare to the stories I’ve seen performed at 2nd Story. The class clearly delivered what was promised in a style that was focused yet relaxed, and allowed the students to grow exponentially. Class time was never wasted nor ever dull!
— Past Student, 2nd Story 101
“I’m grateful for the work you do in giving people the opportunity and the community to craft and tell a story well!”
— Past Student, Page to Stage
“The interactive exercises forced us to reflect on our emotions and experiences, and how they can help enrich our writing.”
— Past Student, Poetry of Storytelling
I learned a lot about how to tell a story. Now I am motivated to try to incorporate those techniques into my stories as I go forward. I came expecting to learn new story styles, and although I found the class challenging, it was exactly what I needed.
— Past Student, 2nd Story 101