Truth Be Told: A Storytelling Workshop | Newberry

Truth Be Told: A Storytelling Workshop

Led by Jill Howe
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Five sessions. Wednesdays, March 23-April 20.



Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet both virtually and in the building for the Winter/Spring term. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to Registration opens Wednesday, January 19th at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

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Seminar Description

Beginning to advanced students are welcome in this intimate workshop examining vulnerability, personal storytelling, performance, and craft. In addition to learning about the art, science, and psychology of vulnerability as it relates to the art of storytelling, participants will learn about the elements of good stories, how to mine our lives for resonant tales, and how to shape them for the page and stage. If you’d like to craft and perform your true, personal stories on stage, this is the class for you! And if you’re afraid to do that, this is really the class for you! No prior writing experience necessary. All participants will have the opportunity to share their stories publicly after the class through Jill’s monthly showcase, Story Sessions..

Five sessions. Registration – $220/$198

Jill Howe produces Story Sessions, a monthly showcase featuring true stories live and real-time illustrations since 2013. In addition, Jill wrote the foreword for Chicago Storytellers (Chicago Story Press, 2020) and has presented a Tedx Talk focusing on vulnerability through storytelling.

Materials List


  • No Required Materials

First Reading:

  • No first reading assignment.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, January 19th . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning January 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry uses Learning Stream for all Adult Education Seminar registrations. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.