What makes a 2nd Story story different from any other story?

Think about telling stories with your best friend over a good glass of wine, cup of coffee, or chocolate cake. That’s the experience 2nd Story seeks to create. If you’re not sure what we mean, the best way to find out is by coming to see an event. Check out what we do, check out the audience, and really listen. If you have questions, ask to speak with a member of the Story Development Team while you’re at the event and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about getting started.

For further examples of 2nd Story stories, you can check out our podcast, our show on Chicago Public Radio, these awesome articles about what we do, and our writing guidelines.

We tell stories that are real. We shy away from the word “true”, as memory can be a tricky beast, and we use a lot of literary techniques to tell the best story we can. But your story must be your story (and not your sister’s or your friend’s), and must have actually happened. It’s okay to consolidate characters, or to play with timing or sequence, but the majority of the story must be something you can stand behind as accurate. Because our audience has access to our artists after their performance, storytellers frequently find themselves approached by an audience member who starts off with something like “Your story really spoke to me, that happened to me, too!” and it is critical for what we do that the teller is telling the truth.

NOTE: We do NOT take submissions from people who haven’t seen an event.  We tell stories in a very particular style, with a huge focus on audience, and it’s important to us that our tellers have had that experience before getting in the chair.