No matter what’s on your podcast playlist, you can begin to identify who is using personal narrative storytelling and what types of stories are being shared. How are these hosts, interviewers, and narrators bringing this story into their podcast and how do they make you feel as the listener? Start to notice what styles stick with you. Chances are the personal narratives that resonate with you the most can be used to spark your own stories — whether shared out loud in a professional setting or through your very own podcast microphone!
In honor of Tell Me A Story's 5th Anniversary, we've asked storytellers that have been a part of the community to share a little bit about what they do and how it connects to the stories they've told on the TMAS stage. Below is a blog entry written by Martha Cooney, founder for Story Up!
Like millions of other story fans, I was addicted to Season 1 of the podcast Serial . I mean, I’ll pretty much listen to anything that Ira Glass tells me to. But once I heard the first few episodes, I waited anxiously for the following week’s download. For those of you who haven’t heard of this podcast here is the premise as stated on its website:
“Serial tells one story - a true story - over the course of an entire season. Each season, we'll follow a plot and characters wherever they take us. And we won’t know what happens at the end until we get there, not long before you get there with us.”
Cecily Chapman is a stand-up comedian based in Philadelphia. On her Facebook page she writes: Cecily Alexandria often finds herself asking "why do people say this stuff to me, how did I get here, what the world, and is it just me or is this funeral hilarious?" Take some time and laugh its sometimes better than crying except at church (no always at church). If you're in my area or if I'm in yours you should come out and see me perform.
You can see Cecily perform at this Wednesday's Tell Me A Story: Fight or Flight at Shot Tower Coffee. I asked Cecily a few questions in preparation for the show. Enjoy!