Everybody has stories.

No matter what your prior experience is, no matter if you intend to submit a story to us or craft it for your own creative satisfaction, we’ve got a class or workshop sure to shake up your imaginative process.


Upcoming Classes & Workshops

Single Day Story Intensive

When: Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10:00am - 4:00pm
Instructor: 2nd Story Artistic Director Amanda Delheimer
Age group: Adult

Now, by “intensive” we don’t mean advanced or exclusive. Imagine a day of nothing but writing, renewal, and immersion in the first person narrative storytelling form. We'll start off with brainstorming exercises designed to help you mine your own life for story possibilities, and then spend time bringing a brand new piece of work to life through writing, feedback, and performance techniques designed to bring dimension and theatricality to your story. You’ll get one-on-one feedback from the instructor, group response from the workshop ensemble, and you’ll leave with a start on a new story. Lunch provided.

This class is sold out. However, we are offering it again in March 2018. Enroll below!


Edible Memories:  
Accessing Stories through the Sensory Details of Baking

When: Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Instructor: 2nd Story Company Member Vince Pagan
Cost: $40.00 for adults; $25.00 for students
Age group: 12 and up

Remember that candy cane cookie you decorated with your grandmother during the holidays? Or maybe it was the rugeleh you made with Bubbie, or the empanadas you stuffed and folded with Abuelo? Food has a way of riding the waves of our memories and creating a lasting effect over generations. Some turn into traditions, recipes passed down from grandmother to father to daughter, and some locked into our memories, their secrets lost when a loved one becomes an ancestor.

Join 2nd Story company member and baker Vince Pagán to craft the stories of these edible memories and share in some sweet treats.


2nd Story Fundamentals 2018

When: Wednesdays, January 24 – March 14, 2018 from 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: 2nd Story Company Member Liz Gottmann
Cost: $300.00 for General Admission; $250.00 for students

This 8-week class focuses on building the skills necessary for crafting a great first person story. This class is for all levels and digs into scene, dialogue, sensory details, narrative distance, and making the personal universal. Expect to come away with several story starts and the motivation to finish them! Solid skill building for more experienced writers, and an introduction for those who haven’t done a lot of first person short story creation before. This class includes a "final performance" with the participants.


Single Day Story Intensive

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 10:00am - 4:00pm
Instructor: 2nd Story Artistic Director Amanda Delheimer
Cost: $60.00
Age group: Adult

Now, by “intensive” we don’t mean advanced or exclusive. Imagine a day of nothing but writing, renewal, and immersion in the first person narrative storytelling form. We'll start off with brainstorming exercises designed to help you mine your own life for story possibilities, and then spend time bringing a brand new piece of work to life through writing, feedback, and performance techniques designed to bring dimension and theatricality to your story. You’ll get one-on-one feedback from the instructor, group response from the workshop ensemble, and you’ll leave with a start on a new story. Lunch provided.


Public Performance for Writers

When: Tuesdays, April 10 – May 15, 2018 from 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: 2nd Story Company Member Earliana McLaurin
Cost: $250.00 for General Admission; $200.00 for students

Maybe you're a writer, and you'd like to start performing your work, but you're nervous (or terrified). Maybe you're frequently speaking in front of people and would like some performance techniques to help you deliver your message more successfully. In this class, you'll begin with writing in the 2nd Story style, and then dive deeply into story performance. You'll leave armed with tools for your body, your voice, and your nerves, which will help you captivate any audience. This class includes a "final performance" with the participants.


About the Process.

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collaborative

We don’t just sit at our computers and churn this stuff out, and we don’t expect anybody else to create stories that way either.  Our creative process involves group collaboration, feedback, and exploration.  Collaboration is integral to our process not just because it feels good (which it does!) but also because it works.

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diverse

Our classes draw upon the various backgrounds and skill sets that are present in the room.  It’s important to us that we meet each student where they are at, and we honor the expertise in the room.  Each individual brings a different set of experiences to the room, and each viewpoint brings a different voice to the table.

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personal

We specialize in creative non-fiction and personal narrative, crafting intimate stories that are close to our hearts. We realize that everyone in the room has a different reason for being there, and we do our best to create an atmosphere where people feel safe enough to dig deep, and achieve their own writing goals.