Frogtown Storytellers

Storytelling is a transformative and healing act, especially for those who don’t often feel safe telling their truth. To have a space to speak freely and openly, knowing that we will be heard, believed, and respected, is emboldening to the mind, body, and spirit. Through stories, we can laugh together, mourn together, rage together. If we know each other’s stories, we will know better how to care for one another. Telling our stories becomes an act of revolution. We affirm and celebrate our existence with every word.

Frogtown Storytellers is a weekly gathering for LGBTQIA and feminist storytelling, open to queer, straight, cis, trans, non-binary, and other femme storytellers from Frogtown, Highland Park, Cyprus Park, and the WCCW community. At every meeting, we tell true stories from our lives related to a previously determined theme. Everyone is welcome, not just writers and artists. No writing or performing experience required. Although there is a facilitator to keep things moving, no one is a designated teacher or expert. Everyone is on equal ground, because storytelling belongs to us all. The group is encouraged to give feedback and share ideas.

After 6 weekly meetings (attendance at every meeting is not required, but encouraged) 5-7 Frogtown Storytellers will perform a story (max 8 minutes) in a show in April (date, location TBD).

Emilia Fuentes is a fiction writer and true-story teller, originally from Asheville, North Carolina. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University and 9 years experience as a professional writer. Her love of stories borders on obsession. Find her on instagram and twitter at @emfuente.

Frogtown Storytellers is inspired by CLT Storytellers, in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can learn more about them at charlottestorytellers.com.