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Converging Stories returns with new themes for second season of live storytelling

Converging Stories, Raleigh’s live community storytelling series, is coming back for 2021!

Converging Stories is a true, first-person storytelling series in which community members — your neighbors — are coached to share a story for insight around a theme. Each night of storytelling has a different theme.

Anyone connected with the Raleigh and Wake County community can submit their story idea for one of the themes! Send a short, 100-word idea to editor@raleighconvergence.com.

Storytellers will be selected for coaching to tell their story live at a Converging Stories event.

These events will continue to be virtual until we can safely gather together again.

2021 Converging Stories themes and dates:

MARCH 15: Second Chance 

Starting off our second season, we’re looking for stories about second chances.

JULY 12: Distance + Exploration

Stories interpreting distance or exploration.

Deadline for story pitches: 11:59 p.m. May 16

SEPTEMBER 20 + 27: The Fall (tickets on sale now!)

Whether the fall is literal or figurative (or even the season), we want your fall stories!

NOVEMBER 8: Tradition

We’re seeking stories of breaking tradition, making new traditions or insights on family traditions.

Deadline for story pitches: 11:59 p.m. Oct. 3

Highlights of our 2020 season:

Last February, Raleigh Convergence launched our live storytelling seriesConverging Stories, with our partner Transfer Company. It was a community effort; Transfer’s Nick Neptune, storyteller and co-coach Alexus Rhone,  Cameron Laws and Amanda Bittner of Artsplosure were the steering committee members advising and helping refine our live event.

And, of course, the community storytellers and guest emcees who shared their true, first-person stories for means for connection fostered empathy among neighbors — even when we were met with the challenge of going virtual for the May (What If?), August (Coming Home) and October (Fear) events.

While the first in-person event in February (First Love) sold out, the virtual setting bloomed to break new records in our last event of this season, with 65 tickets sold and with attendees often watching with at least one other person from home per ticket, according to our survey feedback.

As we count down to our 2021 season pitch deadline, we’ll be sharing some of the individual stories, starting with our first virtual event!

Converging Stories: What If? stories, May 2020.
Watch the playlist below or click here for individual stories.

Converging Stories: Coming Home stories, August 2020.
Watch the playlist below or click here for individual stories.

Converging Stories: Fear, October 2020.
Watch a playlist of the stories below or click here for individual stories.

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Author: raleighconvergence

Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen is the editor of Raleigh Convergence.

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