Story District’s Storytelling Bootcamp

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The Writer’s Center is excited to partner with Story District to host their February addition of their Storytelling Bootcamp course.

In this one-day (7-hour) intensive, you will generate new story material, learn about and apply narrative structure and storytelling techniques to a story of your choice, practice telling stories in pairs and small groups, and get individual feedback from the instructors.

Try to arrive by 9:15 so you don’t miss anything and have time to settle in. It’s a very full day, so we start on time. Feel free to bring coffee (or other drinks) and food to class.

Generating Story Material: The morning is dedicated to exercises that will help you uncover and identify good story source-material from your own life experiences.

Understanding the Architecture of a Story: In this portion of the class, you will gain an understanding of narrative structure and storytelling fundamentals.

Lunch is on your own, but people often go together. You are welcome to bring a lunch or go to a nearby restaurant.

Practicing & Polishing Your Story: After lunch, the focus is on practicing and polishing a single story of your choice.

Character: A hands-on activity to practice the skill of bringing your characters to life in your stories.

Individual Feedback: The final activity of the day is an opportunity for you to receive individual feedback from the instructor and other classmates


Story District’s mission is to build community, promote empathy, and enrich an understanding of our common humanity through the art of autobiographical storytelling. Through their classes and live performances they train and showcase storytelling talent in the Washington, DC area and create a platform for diverse perspectives.

About Katy Barrett & Phill Branch

Katy Barrett is a writer and storyteller whose been involved with Story District since 2012.  She's performed regularly on the 2nd Tuesday stage,and was selected to perform in Top Shelf 2013. Other storytelling credits include: Story Showdown, Unraveled, Atonement, Swimming Upstream, Into the Wild, and Risk!: So Emotional.  She also co-directed My So Called Jewish Life and Unhinged. Her stories have been featured on Story District's podcast and in The Washington Post

A graduate of the American Film Institute, Phill Branch recently directed Searching for Shaniqua; his documentary about the impact names have on our lives. The film won the HBO Best Documentary award at the 2016 Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Phill was awarded a prestigious Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellowship in nonfiction. He was featured in the award winning anthology For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide and has performed personal essays in shows across the country. He is the director of Story District's Out Spoken and has appeared on stage in Top Shelf and the Bentzen Ball.


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