ToldCast: Ellie

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Ellie – I Can’t Get It Nearer to Me

This story from Ellie is produced by Jeffrey Miller. Ellie explores early memories of a lost sibling and tries to understand what place he holds in her life now and since.

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Told #13: Follow Your Heart

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Regardless of whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, or Singles Awareness Day, you’ll want to join us on February 10th at 7pm for our 13th evening of storytelling, which will center around the theme Follow Your Heart. After a successful trip to the east side, we will be returning to Market Garden Brewery and the Harbor/Spirits room, which we will open up at 6pm before the show.

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The heart can be a fickle creature but following it can often bring you immense joy and happiness. Sometimes you gain new adventures in undiscovered cities, a lifetime of happiness nestled in the safe cocoon of adoration. But just as often, following your heart means protecting it, leaving lovers and jobs behind as you leap blindly into the great unknown. From stories of blossoming love to travels down roads best left untaken, we hope you’ll follow your own heart and join us for Told #13: Follow Your Heart.

Our featured storytellers for Told #13 are married couple Amanda Hicken and Matt Heyman. As always, we expect to hear many stories from audience members. This will also be the debut of previous Told storyteller Jill Grunenwald in her new role as co-producer and host.

All audience members are welcome (but not required) to prepare a story on the theme and put their names in the bucket for a chance to tell their tales. Stories should be under 6 minutes, true, and have yourself as a central character. Run through your story for a friend, a pet, or a Told staff member for extra practice. Check out our page on storytelling advice for more.  Let us know if you want to toss your name in, though advanced noticed is not required.

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2015 in Review

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Happy New Year from Told! As people take a moment to reflect on the past year and plan for the next, we’d like to think that your highs and lows have and will be defined by inspiring, funny, and human stories. Hopefully you have benefitted from hearing a good tale at a Told event or on the podcast–or maybe you have benefitted from telling one!

Over 60 stories have been shared at live Told events in 2015, and about 24 have been shared over the podcast. Check out a special Best of 2015 podcast episode we posted that features some of our favorite stories from the year. If you haven’t yet, give us a review in the iTunes store–this helps tremendously with visibility.

In 2016, Told will see some exciting changes. Jill Grunenwald has been a Told storyteller both as a feature and audience volunteer. In 2016, she will come aboard as a co-producer of live events. She and Dave will alternate hosting and curating duties for all live events. They will also both curate the podcast. In addition to telling stories at Told, Keep Talking, and Story Club Cleveland, Jill is a blogger and podcaster in her own right. Jill is developing her podcast, Running with Police Escort, into a book to be published by Skyhorse Publishing in 2017.

We will continue with our live events this year, starting with Told #13 on February 10 at Market Garden Brewery. Info on the theme and featured storytellers will roll out soon. Check the Cleveland storytelling calendar for tentative dates on all our 2016 shows as well as dates for all the storytelling shows in the area.

If your organization would like to partner with Told for a special event, let us know! We have had great success hosting events in many capacities, and our format is highly customizable to your needs.

As always, we want to help you tell your story. If you have a story to tell, contact us to help you craft your story and then get it out in our live shows or podcast.

Thanks! Resolve to create some inspiring stories in 2016!

Told#12: Migration

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Told will wander east once again and settle at MOCA for its 12th evening of storytelling on Thursday, December 10 at 7:30pm. Inspired by the work of Korean-born artist Do Ho Suh, currently on view at MOCA, Told #12 uses Suh’s consideration of home, immigration, and identity as a springboard for storytelling. Doors will open at 6pm before the show.

We are constantly in motion, often looking for a better life, a better job, a better house, or even a better cup of coffee. Searching my take us to new places physically, mentally, or spiritually, but each quest shares common themes—like motion, transition, or home. Did you move for freedom? Do you wander in search of love, education, or equality? For journeys that take place on a whim or by force, out of joy or fear, in a physical sense or an emotional one, we offer Told #12: Migration.

Our featured storytellers will be announced soon. However, all audience members are invited (but not required) to prepare a story on the theme and submit their name in a bucket for a chance to tell their tale. Stories should be under 6 minutes, true, and have you as the central character. To prepare, practice your story with a friend, a pet, or a Told staff member for extra polish. Check out this page for storytelling advice, or attend our storytelling workshop one week prior to the event. Send an email to toldcleveland@gmail.com if you would like to toss your name in the bucket, though advanced notice is not required.

Cost: $9.50 (includes museum admission), free for members and December 3 Told Workshop participants

Told#11: Disaster

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We haven’t had a show crash and burn yet, but we may be tempting fate with Told#11 on Thursday, October 15 at 7pm. We will return to Market Garden Brewery and head down to the Ohio City Room, which we will open up at 6 before the show.

Catastrophes hold a bizarre spot in our culture these days, thanks to a 24-hour news cycle and nearly unlimited access to reporting across multiple media. What has remained the same for millennia is that everyone faces a little adversity every now and again. Usually the story lies in how we overcome (or don’t overcome) the struggle. That birthday party for your toddler resembled a tornado scene. The job interview was going great, until…. Your cross country road trip has hit every possible worst case scenario–by mile 100. Come hear about the best laid plans from the storytellers at Told#11: Disaster.

Our featured storytellers for Told#11 are Dana Norris and Joe Toner. As always, we expect to hear many stories from audience volunteers.

All audience members are welcome (but not required) to prepare a story on the theme and put their names in the bucket for a chance to tell their tales. Stories should be under 6 minutes, true, and have yourself as the central character. Run through your story for a friend, a pet, or a Told staff member for extra practice. Check out our page on storytelling advice for more. Let us know if you want to toss your name in, though advanced noticed is not required.

Tickets will not be required for this event. 

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