The Radical Act of Community Storytelling
Why did I, a fifty-eight-year-old visual artist, decide to take on a small project that turned into a thriving nonprofit storytelling organization? What challenges did I face, and how did I survive them? In The Radical Act of Community Storytelling: Empowering Voices in Uncensored Events, I share my journey of joys, frustrations, and single-minded determination.
Not knowing what you are getting into can sometimes be an asset. When I began my odyssey in community storytelling in 2004, I loved the concept but had no experience creating an organization or putting on a show. I learned the hard way (and the fun way) all aspects of producing and sustaining a monthly event. Along the way, I learned that profound changes occur when we tell and listen to each other’s stories, how a simple act can build community, dispel prejudices, foster creativity, and help heal.
The Radical Act is a how-to memoir with a twist of advocacy for the democratic act of allowing everyone to tell their story. Through a step-by-step discovery process, the reader learns the ins and outs of creating an ongoing community event. The book is packed with practical tips and plenty of inspirational stories.