Category Archive: Everyday Stories

    Out/Spoken Performer Spotlight: Kelly Madrone: Author, Storyteller, Massage Therapist & Mom

    June 1st, 2016 By Joani Peacock

    In this interview, first time storyteller Kelly Madrone talks all about her role in the Out/Spoken show, her writing that has helped the LGBTQ community, and how her experience as a massage therapist helps her creativity! READ MORE

    A Secret We Shared, Story District’s Board is expanding

    May 10th, 2016 By Chris Kingsley

    Story District is no accident. Board President Chris Kingsley reflects on his time on the Board of Directors and invites you to be a part of it. READ MORE

    Performer’s Spotlight - Rupert Eyles

    April 13th, 2016 By Kate Paulo

    Who is Story District? What kind of people make up our community? We've chatted with Rupert Eyles to get an idea of what our storytellers think. Check out what he said READ MORE

    Tour de Telling is Back

    May 6th, 2015 By Emily Wooten

    Tour de Telling is back. Get ready to raise some FUNds. I showed up to Dunya restaurant and bar for a Tell de Tour event Tuesday night not knowing who I was going to see or what it was about. READ MORE

    Unhinged: True stories about living with mental illness

    April 14th, 2015 By Liz Young

    Come one, come all! On April 25, SpeakeasyDC has the unique opportunity of partnering with Joani Peacock to produce the show Unhinged: True stories about living with mental illness. Joani, the writer of Unorthodox and Unhinged: Tales of a Manic Christian, works in her church and community to normalize the conversation about mental health. This show, Unhinged, is SpeakeasyDC’s way of adding to the conversation. It’s a show that I’m especially excited about because I live with a mental illness myself. [READ MORE]

    Couples’ Storytelling

    August 23rd, 2012 By Meredith Maslich

    In my last column I talked about going to my boyfriend’s family reunion and the way we used story to connect with his family.

    Well, while I was having that revelation about the power of storytelling, I was also having another revelation. Read more

    Starting Strong

    August 16th, 2012 By Dustin Fisher

    When I heard Speakeasy DC was looking for blog contributors, I asked Meredith if I could whine about my insecurities surrounding my stage anxiety. “Mike Kane already does that” said the Meredith inside my head (it’s cool, Mike and I are friends. Kinda). Then I asked if I could write about what goes on inside my head during a performance. “Sure, but it’s not like anybody will read it” said the Mike Kane inside my head. And it’s not like I’m a professional storyteller or anything – will that matter? “I don’t care. Now get over here and change your daughter” said the wife inside my living room. Read more

    I Did It For The Story

    June 12th, 2012 By Meredith Maslich

    One of the best feelings in the world, to me at least, is when a story finds you. You’re people watching at a concert, and you see drama unfold, or you find yourself in a situation that’s not what you expected, and if you’re a storyteller to any degree, you recognize the material being presented to you. Read more

    Storytelling in the Blood

    May 30th, 2012 By Meredith Maslich

    I firmly believe that anyone can learn the basic tenets and principles of storytelling, especially social storytelling. And I also firmly believe that with practice anyone can get to the point of being a proficient, if not highly entertaining social storyteller. However, at the same time, I also believe some people seem to be more natural storytellers than others. Read more

    Call for Submissions

    May 23rd, 2012 By Meredith Maslich

    I’ve been talking about social storytelling in this space for the last two months. In my first column I talked about how the idea for this column came from a class that I’d been trying to develop with my fellow teacher Joe Price. And I think in many ways the format has worked really well – being able to explore elements of social storytelling in detail each week has been really fun and interesting for me. But the format lacks one of my favorite parts about teaching – interaction. Read more


    May 16th, 2012 By Meredith Maslich

    To me, one of the best uses of social storytelling is dating.

    When I was actively dating, I always had a couple of go to stories “in my pocket”  to pull out for a variety of circumstances. Read more

    Graceful Exits

    May 9th, 2012 By Meredith Maslich

    Everyone tells a bad social story from time to time. Everyone. So there’s no sense in trying to pretend that’s not going to happen to you, or use it as an excuse to never tell a story. But you CAN be prepared with some exit strategies: Read more

    How To Make Airports More Fun

    May 2nd, 2012 By Meredith Maslich

    As I’ve talked about, finding a story in an everyday experience is often just a matter of looking carefully for details, and then using those details to create a frame through which to view the experience.

    The following story is an example of an experience that could either be retold as “Ugh, security was slow at the airport today”, or as more of a story. For better or worse. Read more

    Dos and Dont’s of Social Storytelling

    April 24th, 2012 By Meredith Maslich

    Do think your story through before you start as much as possible.  Just do a mental check to make sure it has at least some of the basic elements of a story, and that it goes somewhere. Read more

    Bad Ways to Introduce Your Story

    April 18th, 2012 By Meredith Maslich

    Last week I talked about good ways to introduce your story in a social setting. What I didn’t say was that not all methods are created equal. The truth is, there are good ways to introduce a story, and bad ways to introduce a story. Read more

    How to Get Attention (aka Introducing Your Story)

    April 11th, 2012 By Meredith Maslich

    As I mentioned in my first column, one of the differences between performance storytelling and social storytelling, is that social storytelling doesn’t offer the same assumption of audience attention. So my colleague Joe Price and I came up with some strategies (and then named them, of course) for  creating an opening, or introducing your story in different social settings. Read more

    A Connection Between Being Creative and Being Dishonest??

    April 10th, 2012 By Meredith Maslich

    According to an article in Fast Company magazine, The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology recently published an article claiming that there is a connection between creativity and a flexible moral code...Read more

    The Anatomy of an Everyday Story

    April 4th, 2012 By Meredith Maslich

    Last week, I talked about how people watching was key for finding story material. So it seemed like the logical next step would be to show how you turn something you observed into a story.

    So I’ve taken a pretty basic, every day kind of story, and I’ve diagrammed it to show how I took it from “I saw this crazy/funny/interesting thing” and turned into more of a story. Read more



    Stories, Everyday

    March 28th, 2012 By Meredith Maslich

    There are stories everywhere. They’re all around you, every day. You just have to look.

    Is every story worth building into a performance piece?


    Is every story going to make your fellow party goers wet themselves laughing?


    But that’s not necessarily the point. Read more

    Social Storytelling vs. Performance Storytelling

    March 21st, 2012 By Meredith Maslich

    For the past year or two, there has been talk of creating a social storytelling class –a class that focuses on how to tell fun and interesting stories on dates, at dinner parties and on job interviews, instead of on the stage.

    My colleague Joe Price and I got as far as having a test class. It went ok, but there was a missing magic ingredient we couldn’t identify, and it just didn’t work.

    But every time we mention the idea of a social storytelling class, people’s eyes light up, and they say “YES! I need that!”  And we’ve also noticed more people claiming they are taking our Storytelling 101 class because they want to tell better stories at parties. Read more

    Choose Your Words Carefully

    March 20th, 2012 By Meredith Maslich

    If you’ve taken Storytelling 101, or had any coaching from someone at SpeakeasyDC, then you’ve been told to engage as many of the five senses as possible in your storytelling. You’ve probably also been told to avoid cliches and to go for more specific, unique and detailed descriptions and metaphors.

    Well, now science has finally caught up with what SpeakeasyDC teachers and coaches have always known:  words matter! Read more