You don't need to be a professional writer, performer or public speaker to participate. Ally Karsyn, an award-winning journalist and founder of Ode, acts as an editor, storytelling coach and occasionally ghostwriter to help ordinary people put words on a page, then on stage.
Want to tell a story? Fill out the form below. We have three more shows this year. Themes, event dates and deadlines to pitch your story are as follows:
"Little Did I Know" on August 4 • Deadline: June 17
"Home" on October 6 • Deadline: August 15
"Holiday Joy & Mayhem" on December 1 • Deadline: October 15
Stories must be true, about you and told in 8 minutes or less. Pitches will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Ode is a storytelling series where community members tell true stories on stage to promote positive impact through empathy. It is produced by Siouxland Public Media. All events are recorded for broadcast. You can listen to past stories at kwit.org/programs/ode. Follow updates at facebook.com/odestorytelling.
1. In one word, what is your story about? (Is it hope, loss, healing, fear, identity, love, survival, growth, connection, reclamation, possibilities, dreams, failing, belonging, etc.?)
2. Whatever your one word is, that’s what you want to make the listener feel. How are you going to get that across in your story?
- Make me care. Outline three narrative scenes that appeal to the senses. These will be your plot points at the heart of the story, moving your narrative forward. What happened? What did it look like, feel like, sound like? Who said what? Who did what?
- Show, don’t tell. Use vivid details and imagery. Consider how action, emotion, character development and dialogue might fit into your story.
- Make me understand. Put these narrative scenes into context with reflective writing that gives us a backstory and examines how you felt and why you responded as you did to what happened in those defining moments.
3. As you’re writing, think about why you want to tell your story. Why should people hear it? What do you want listeners to get out of it? How has this situation changed you, or what have you learned from it?
If you have any comments or questions, contact Ally Karsyn, the founder, producer and host of Ode, at firstname.lastname@example.org.