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Workshop // Storytelling for Grown-Ups

  • Vitalize Community Studio 3474 South 2300 East Salt Lake City, UT, 84109 United States (map)


Practice the art and craft of telling true stories in this participatory workshop with Giuliana Serena and Nan Seymour of The Bee.

In this workshop, we'll explore some of the "hows" and "whys" of compelling storytelling and attentive listening through a combination of guided writing prompts, oral storytelling exercises, and practical instruction.

Experienced and aspiring storytellers - and even those who don't consider themselves to be "storytellers" at all - are invited to join us; we are experts at providing encouragement and creating brave space for people to be themselves together.

"A great way to get in touch with your experiences and stories in a supportive space."
“A rare experience to engage with others in real, honest, genuine, and vulnerable ways.”

– Workshop Participants


This workshop is open to the public (adults & mature teens are welcome).

$90 per participant. Space is limited to 24 & pre-registration is required. Your place will be guaranteed once you complete our registration form and submit payment. 

If registration is cost-prohibitive for you, we invite you to apply for a scholarship.

“Incredible human connection between complete strangers!”
“Not nearly as terrifying as I thought it would be!”

– Workshop Participants


TIMING: 1-5pm Saturday, June 30th. This workshop is highly participatory and beginning & ending together is essential. Please plan sufficient time to arrive and get settled, and to stay through until the end. Our doors will open 15 minutes before our official start time.

PLEASE BRING: A favorite pen, a notebook if desired (worksheets will be provided), a water bottle, a snack if you'll need it, and most importantly of all - a willingness to participate imperfectly. 

LOCATION: We will be gathering at Vitalize Community Studio, located in the historic Baldwin Radio Factory Building at 3474 South 2300 E #12 (behind Roots Cafe). Plenty of parking is available in the main lot just south of the building. If this lot happens to be full, there are some spaces on the north side of the building too.

ACCESSIBILITY: Unfortunately, this building is not fully ADA accessible: the entrance is several steps up from street level. If this would prevent you from attending, please get in touch and let us know your needs so we can do our best to accomodate you (with our apologies in advance for any inconvenience). 


Giuliana Serena & Nan Seymour are experts at encouragement and creating brave space for people to be themselves together.

Giuliana Serena

Giuliana is the Beekeeper and Founder of The Bee. She hosts and produces our monthly & curated shows, facilitates storytelling workshops, and offers consulting services to individual storytellers and organizations.

Her commitment to creating intentional space for brave storytelling and engaged listening is rooted in her work as a Ceremonialist and Rites-of-Passage Facilitator, with a particular affinity for progressing culture, attuning to the cycles of nature, and celebrating the seasons of life.

She appreciates the opportunity to hold space for community to share authentically, witness one another, and experience transformation; from the wilds of nature to classrooms to the depths of dark and crowded bars.

Nan Seymour

Nan is The Bee's Director of Narrative Encouragement. She has facilitated writing and storytelling workshops for dozens of groups, including cancer survivors, high school students, homeless writers, and survivors of domestic violence. 

She offers an ongoing schedule of expressive and generative writing courses at her River Writing studio in Salt Lake City. 

She is currently co-authoring a memoir with her 23 year-old daughter Beatrice, a story of parenting a girl determined to survive to become herself through the perils of a misgendered adolescence.

Nan spent seventeen years as a miller and baker of whole-grain bread. She learned something about process by milling the wheat. She acquired some patience while waiting for the loaves to rise.


"A space to reclaim my memories, words, and voice."

"Informative and empowering while also permitting space and time for connection."

"Feels like we got to know each other on a deeper level.”

"I would absolutely recommend these workshops for those who want to explore finding and valuing voice and story."

"Educational, non-judgmental, and the most space for creation I’ve ever experienced."


Still not sure if this workshop is right for you? Get in touch with any questions!