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First Person StoryWorks™ 

A workshop in the art of personal narrative storytelling

Want to tell a story but don't know where to begin? Or are you experienced writer who wants to move from the page to the stage? Maybe you just want to have fun exercising dormant creative muscles? Wherever the urge is coming from, lean in! Learn the art of personal narrative storytelling in a four-part series lead by our producer and host, Diane Kastiel. Registration in on a first-come, first-served basis.

Our workshops moved online during the pandemic but we'll be bringing back live workshops this summer - outdoor and socially distanced to keep everyone safe. Click the "Keep Me Posted" button to get updates - or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

This four-part workshop takes you from story idea to a polished piece that's ready to tell to a live audience. Topics include:

Sessions are highly interactive and hands on, but grounded in personal narrative constructs and drawing from Diane's experience as a lifelong writer active in Chicago's storytelling  and performance

community for 10 years.

Price: $180 for 4-session (3 hours each session) workshop plus email coaching.

"First Person's storytelling workshop gives you that first-person attention in a supportive small group. Diane's expert knowledge turned my seeds of story ideas into well-crafted pieces and I was confident to perform in front of others. Each session builds on the next and the feedback from others is extremely helpful. Diane's support and encouragement throughout the process gave me confidence and direction to take this hobby to the stage."


- Lauren Kelliher, Buffalo Grove writing tutor

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"Combining your written word with a storyteller format shouldn’t shy people away from becoming storytellers. It's a liberating experience for those who love the written word and but want to overcome the hesitation of speaking in public, BOTH of which you learn in this workshop. I highly recommend it for those who want to bring their work to life in a whole new way."


- Nancy Chovancek, Wheaton dog whisperer

"Storytelling is a creative outlet and helps you push your comfort zone. Great training and development around your professional and personal life. Thank you Diane, workshop was extraordinary!


- Scott  Schoeller, Lake Forest landscape architect

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