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Telling Your Truth (Teaser) with Dionna Griffin-Irons

$65.00 · January 9

Join StoryStudio Core Faculty member and Second City alumnus, Dionna Griffin-Irons, IN PERSON for a fun and transformative ONE DAY sampler of “Telling Your Truth.” This popular class allows writers to play, improvise, and give voice to their life experiences.

Start Date

January 9

Class Times

6:30pm – 8:30pm CT

Day(s) of the Week

Monday

Sessions

1

Location

Chicago Studio

Instructor

Price

$65

In stock

Description

“Telling our truth is one of the bravest acts we can do moment to moment, especially for writers. We need to give ourselves permission to say the thing that we fear so that it has no power over us.”

-Dionna Griffin-Irons

All writers run up against the fear and doubt that keep us from telling our stories, especially when writing about personal experience. All too often we play it safe (or don’t play at all!) on the page.

But when we allow ourselves to take risks, we can discover a writer’s greatest creative weapon: our voice, and the power of our stories.

Join StoryStudio Core Faculty member and Second City alumnus, Dionna Griffin-Irons, for a fun and transformative ONE DAY sampler of “Telling Your Truth” offered in Winter 2023. This popular series allows writers to play, improvise, and give voice to their life experiences. Using the techniques of improv and narrative storytelling, you’ll learn how to tap into the emotional moments and places where the truest stories often live –in our bodies. And you’ll practice ways to find and strengthen your voice.

Writing prompts, hands-on exercises, and improv strategies will help us get closer to taking risks, giving ourselves permission to “tell all”– the good, bad, and ugly– and how we endured and survived. The atmosphere will be fun and supportive. (And don’t worry! All improv exercises are voluntary.)

Students will leave the workshop with an overview of the six-week session and new ways to push past fear, access their voice, and begin telling their stories!


NOTE: THIS CLASS WILL BE IN-PERSON UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. PLEASE READ OUR STRICT VACCINE POLICY, AND KNOW WE WILL BE FOLLOWING STATE AND CDC GUIDELINES ON COVID RESTRICTIONS.


StoryStudio Chicago is pleased to offer 5 scholarship spots for anyone who would like financial assistance to take this class. Please email us at  to learn more and claim a spot. (Can only be redeemed if class hits minimum enrollment requirements.)

 

About Dionna Griffin-Irons

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Dionna Griffin-Irons is Director of Diversity and Inclusion for The Second City U.S. and Canada. A Second City Detroit alumnus with 18+ years experience as performer, producer and facilitator, Dionna has taught 200+ workshops at colleges, women's shelters, corporate boardrooms and worked with the United States Embassy in Norway and Latvia introducing improv as a tool for social change.

Her outreach work has appeared in Diversity Journal, on NPR, ABC, NBC, and numerous academic posts including her 2015 TEDx Talk at University of Chicago. Her published work can be found in Rowan/Littlefield's anthology Women, Writing and Prison. She is currently writing a memoir on the intersection of comedy, diversity and women in prison. @dionnagirons