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Hello friends! Workshop and book news for you!  

Join me on Saturday, June 18 at 7:00 PM ET at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford, CT for the launch of my next book, Someday Is Today: 22 Simple, Actionable Ways to Propel Your Creative Life. 

I'll be telling stories from the book, offering some brand new strategies for making your creative dreams come true, and taking questions from the audience. I'll also be joined by Elysha Dicks, author of the foreword, and Matthew Shepard, author of the afterword, and Jeni Bonaldo, frequently maligned figure in the pages of the book, to talk about their part of the process, too, as well as two very special guests.

We'll also play games, give away prizes, sign books, and more!

RJ Julia Booksellers will be onsite to sell books, and refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Historical Society.

Click here for tickets.

A suggested donation of $10 is requested – all proceeds go directly to the Connecticut Historical Society.

If you live locally (or if you're willing to travel), I hope you'll join me for a fun night!

Tickets are also on sale for my long-planned weekend storytelling workshop at The Mount in Lenox, MA.

On Saturday, July 16, I'll be teaching a day-long storytelling workshop that will guide participants through the development and crafting of a complete story. 

On Saturday night, July 16, I'll be performing a solo show. I'll be telling some BRAND NEW STORIES filled with humor and heart, as well as improving a story based upon audience prompts. 

On Sunday evening, July 17, members of Saturday's storytelling workshops who are ready and willing will be performing onstage for an audience. 

If you attend my storytelling workshop, you can attend my solo show and the class show for free.

But if you're not interested in the workshop but would like to attend one or both shows, tickets are available for those events as well. Click the links below for information and tickets:  


When it comes time to describe something, it's appearance is always secondary. 

Instead, ask yourself this:

How do I want my audience to feel about this thing?

In a story that I'm working on for an upcoming Moth GrandSLAM championship, I'm standing beside a baggage carousel at an airport. I could say many things about the carousel, but I want my audience to despise it as much as I do, so I will only describe those things that make it sound awful:

The depressing, unidentifiable color of the carpet. The zombie-like expressions on the people around me. The desperation in the air. The flickering, fluorescent lighting. 

It's a baggage carousel, so it's admittedly not hard.

But remember:

Description is not about accuracy. It's about emotion. We don't invent things that didn't actually exist, but we can pick and choose only those descriptors that suit our purposes. 

Storytellers are not objective reporters. We are manipulators of emotion, suspense, surprise, humor, and wonder. As such, we only include those things that serve our story. 

Looking to learn more about storytelling through something more than a weekly email lesson?

Try my book on storytelling:

Storyworthy Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling

Available in paperback, Kindle, and audio, which I narrate myself!

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