The Storytellers Project is a series of live storytelling nights. USA TODAY NETWORK newsrooms curate and host nights of true, first-person stories from neighbors and notables.

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What to expect at a live event 

In a nutshell: fun.  

Five to seven diverse community members take the stage, delivering 8-10 minute personal retellings of their life experiences. Each storytelling event has a particular theme which shapes the stories and expectations of the audience. From the ‘Most Embarrassing Moment' to ‘Best Decision I Ever Made', each theme can be tackled literally, metaphorically, comically, tragically, but most important, and without exception – truthfully. 

Audience size ranges from 200-600 people, depending on the venue (and popularity of theme). From hotels and botanical gardens to state fairs and museums, each venue facilitates an intimate and creative space for storytelling.

See what happens


We're live! I am an American is streaming live from Des Moines, Iowa. 🇺🇸 Link in bio.


I am an American. Sharing our stories, standing together and staying united have never been more important. Join us Wednesday at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines at 7 p.m. CDT for the fourth in our series of five shows, with @usatoday and @onenation_usatoday, aimed to bring us all closer together. 📷: Carlos Salcedo/Special for The Arizona Republic Link in bio.


Oftentimes, stories will only make sense after we have lived through them.


"It's just small, and one little step and the next, until it's something not-so-small." - Megan Finnerty, Storytellers Project founder in a new @poynter_institute piece. Read more at the link in the bio.


🇺🇸 Catch "I am an American - Cincinnati" in full on @enquirer now! Link in bio. 🇺🇸👏👏


Storytelling is for everyone. If you or a friend or family member need ASL interpretation services, just let us know.


👏 Who's ready to laugh, cry, and celebrate 6 years of The Storytellers Project tonight! 👏 @azcentral


Beautiful venue! #IAmAnAmerican #storytellersproject

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