Sara Benincasa: Storytelling Workshop for Women - May 27 @ Comedy Bar, Toronto [27 May]

Sara Benincasa: Storytelling Workshop for Women - May 27

16:00 - 19:00

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Comedy Bar
945 Bloor St. W., Toronto, Ontario M6H 1L5
Presented by Empire Comedy Live & The United Comedy Fest

Have a story you've been dying to tell onstage? Here's your chance to figure it out it in a warm, inclusive group. Author and comedian Sara Benincasa (Real Artists Have Day Jobs; Great; DC Trip; Agorafabulous!) leads this three-hour storytelling workshop for women (queer/trans/questioning gals welcome!)

Your story can be funny, serious, strange, sad, joyful or some combination of all those things and more. You'll leave with a basic outline for your story, encouragement, positive feedback, and suggestions for expansion. In addition, you'll get a list of helpful resources and a 15-minute follow-up session via Skype with Sara… to be scheduled within two months after the initial workshop.

$225 plus HST
Limited to 8 students
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This workshop is designed for students with some performance experience in stand-up, sketch, acting or storytelling or corporate speaking. Students will be pre-screened via a very simple application process.


Please submit an email ([email protected]) including your name as well as writing/storytelling/public speaking experience. Feel free to send blog posts, articles, your website, etc. This isn't an audition or a job application, so don't stress! The class works best when everyone has some familiarity with public speaking. (You are still allowed to be terrified of public speaking.)

What to Expect

Bring in one or two sentences to explain your story. You needn't have it fleshed out or even be sure how to begin or end the thing — that's why you're here. We'll do some prewriting in a notebook or on a laptop (bring the writing tools of your choice) following by writing and storytelling exercises to help them you construct a skeleton for the living creature that will be your story (or, to be less dramatic about it: we're going to design a rough outline). We'll also address issues of privacy, consent, and healthy choices with regard to storytelling. At the end of class, Sara will provide a list of storytelling resources and links to help you in future.

Full Bio at

Sara Benincasa is a screenwriter, recovering stand-up comedian and the author of "Real Artists Have Day Jobs", "DC Trip", "Great", and "Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom". She also wrote a very silly joke book called "Tim Kaine Is Your Nice Dad."

In 2017, she adapted "DC Trip" as a screenplay with Bona Fide, Gunpowder & Sky, and Adaptive Studios. She also adapted "Agorafabulous" as a pilot for TV with Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody.

She has been a talk radio host and producer, a staff writer covering the pharmaceutical industry, a freelance writer covering whatever anyone would pay her to do, a schoolteacher, a writing tutor, a janitor, a party store employee, a legal assistant, an editor, a bathtub talk show host, a sports blogger, and a ton of other stuff.

In 2008, she was a citizen journalist for MTV News. She got to be on TRL.

Recent roles include "Corporate" on Comedy Central (2018), "The Jim Gaffigan Show" on TVLand (2016) and the critically acclaimed short film "The Focus Group" (2016), which she also wrote.
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