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Storytelling in Virtual Ely: Loss and Gain

Calendar Jun 24, 2020 at 6 pm

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tuition: Free 
Freewill donations greatly appreciated!

True Stories From the Edge, begun by Julie Nester and Terry Cooper, has been such a smashing success bringing storytellers out of the woods to share bits of their lives and perspectives with all of us that we want to carry on this tradition. We have come to know each other better, getting a glimpse into and appreciating the many-faceted beings that we are.

We will be choosing a new name, and you'll have a chance to throw in your suggestions and vote on what we'll use.

We will continue to use the format guidelines based on the Moth Radio Hour. (See below and more details at We will do this online once a month until it is safe to gather in person once again.

Each evening will have a theme as a idea generator, but it's not mandatory to stick to that theme. Bursting to tell a different story? We want to hear it! Tell a story about something you've lost and/or something you've gained.

Although this is a free class, you'll need to register to receive the Zoom invitation, so sign up now and join us!


  • Stories must be true and yours - don't tell someone else's story.
  • Stories will be limited to eight minutes with a one-minute warning.
  • Please practice telling your story, so you know how long it takes.
  • You should have some stake in what happened. Show some action and consequences, but that doesn't mean it has to be the biggest drama of your life.
  • Be ready to appreciate all storytellers and receive appreciation yourself.
  • Don't:
    • Do standup comedy
    • Tell a story in someone else's accent or dialect
    • Denigrate other people, individually or as a group. 
    • Be respectful of all, including yourself: Keep your stories clean of racism, sexism, mysogency, agism, etc., etc., etc. You know the drill.

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