Magical 2nd Sundays at StoryMasters

Stories are magical. Good stories transport us to another time and place. They provoke laughter, tears, terror and reflection—sometimes all within the same story and within the span of just a few minutes!  Stories teach and transmit culture. Stories provide that wonderfully purifying release the Greeks called catharsis.
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The Storytelling Bistro:

Stories, Poems, and Reflections

Finally, StoryMasters’ book is out! Fifteen diverse StoryMasters offer true personal stories, fanciful fiction, poems, and thoughts in this captivating collection of short works, perfectly sized for tossing into your bag to read at the beach, park, waiting in a business lobby, or enjoying a few quiet moments at home.
We hope you enjoy these stories as much as we do!

Barbara Clark

Join Us For the Next Virtual Meeting

April 16, 2023 @ 3-5 PM Pacific Time

We're meeting on the third Sunday in April due to Easter!

We will send the meeting information a few days before the meeting. Please RSVP at least 30 minutes before the meeting.

Latest Stories

Catch up with our latest news and stories!
How To Be Japanese — Miyo-Mazing

How To Be Japanese — Miyo-Mazing

Oh, StoryMasters! Like all of you, I’ve relished Miyo Yamauchi’s stories, doled out to us once every few months on a Zoom screen—but who could have imagined the tremendous thrill of seeing and hearing Miyo give an hour-long show, live and in-person?

Lee Amatangelo at SAC’s Historical Stories

Lee Amatangelo at SAC’s Historical Stories

I Zoom’ed in to SAC’s Historical Stories show on April 20 to learn more about the genre. Perhaps this was an area into which I might expand. Watching Lee Amatangelo tell “The Day the Sun Rose Twice,” I felt like I was sitting at the feet of a master.

A Little Bit of Heaven

A Little Bit of Heaven

On a brilliant Saturday afternoon in March, amidst flowers and trees, birdsong and cheerful chatter, 20 exhilarated guests assembled in a spacious back patio in View Park, CA. They were the lucky ones who’d gotten seats for a rare storytelling concert by their friend and teacher, Barbara H. Clark.

StoryMasters is an advanced Toastmasters club whose members devote themselves to creating magic by mastering the ancient art of storytelling. The club meets on the 2 nd Sunday of each month from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

StoryMasters meetings are currently conducted on Zoom. To help ensure the magic happens in this digital forum, we coach our members on proper lighting, camera position, and other delivery and technical skills for online presentations.

Please visit us soon! You will enjoy 5-6 stories, followed by individual and round-robin evaluations.

We are dedicated to
the art of storytelling

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Tell Me Without Telling Me

Tell Me Without Telling Me

I don’t step into the TikTok or Twitter worlds, but their Tell Me Without Telling Me challenge caught my attention recently. It’s a social game in which social media users ask others to share personal opinions and beliefs without using a direct mention of the...

When Grammar Walks into a Bar

When Grammar Walks into a Bar

These jokes are too funny not to share. If you come up with a new one, please drop us a line! An Oxford comma walks into a bar, where it spends the evening watching the television, getting drunk, and smoking cigars. A dangling participle walks into a bar. Enjoying a...

Fight Against a Growing Nuisance

Fight Against a Growing Nuisance

When Zoom meetings became our new normal, a new word joined our vocabulary—Zoom-bombing. It means an unwanted, disruptive intrusion, generally by Internet trolls, into a video-conference call. Many classes and events were Zoom-bombed in 2020. Then, we didn’t hear...

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