It is Giving Tuesday on December 1, 2020!
It’s been a tough year for performances, and Tell Us Something has embraced the opportunity to experiment with different ways for people to share stories. I am so grateful to those who have shared their stories via the new storyteller conversations in the Meet the Storytellers of Tell Us Something podcast series, the multiple storytelling live streams that we’ve done and those who have listened and shared this content. I am thankful to those who were able to attend the fundraiser in February, to those who donated during Missoula Gives and to those who were able to contribute during the live streaming events that we’ve held this year.
GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity—to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and to heal.
Tell Us Something is here for you to share your stories. We will be here for you next year too, when we can hopefully safely gather together in person again. If you have the means, please donate today during Giving Tuesday.
winter weekly workshop series
A big part of the pandemic has been the feeling of isolation that many of us feel as we are staying home to stay safe. Sharing our stories can help with feelings of depression and anxiety. And it can help connect us with each other and ourselves. Sharing stories is essential to human nature.
If you’d like to share your stories in a workshop environment, sign up for the winter weekly workshop series. Think of it as a book club except that we’ll be discussing each others’ stories – what works, what doesn’t, what can be cut, and where more is needed. You should bring a story with you to share. The first workshop is THIS SATURDAY, December 5 at 10:30AM. Sign up here.
I’ll be conducting another workshop this Saturday in the afternoon at the North Valley Public Library as part of the Humanities Montana Speakers in the Schools program.
The event is held in person in the Library’s community room and via Zoom Saturday, December 5 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm.
This workshop will be focused on helping you shape a story into one you can share with the class group. We will learn about the sense of place in a story through observation of the natural surroundings, learn about story arc, and learn how to better speak in front of a crowd. The workshop is open to all ages and abilities. Capacity is limited.
You will receive a Zoom link in your confirmation email. You may also attend in person in the library’s community room, with a mask and distancing in place. I will join via Zoom.
Our friends over at The Million Person Project have put together a This Season of Storytelling guide as a way to share stories amongst your families during the holiday season and step back toward each other. Check it out here.
I believe that sharing our stories, listening to each other share stories — in whatever way that we can — will help us through this global pandemic. Consider a donation to Tell Us Something during Giving Tuesday today. Thank you so much. Keep sharing your stories and stay healthy.
Take care of yourself, take care of each other, wear your mask when you go out, stay at home when you can, and have a story worthy day.
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