A Week-Long Bay Area Festival of Storytelling
October 1-6, 2018

You’ll come face to face with a lot of great stories during Your Real Stories’ fifth annual Story Days in Tampa Bay, October 1-6. Venues on both sides of the Bay promise real life stories told, sung, danced, slammed, talked about and enjoyed in exhibits, performances, documentaries and over food!


Story Days in Tampa Bay

October 1-6, 2018

Tentative Schedule Highlights (7/20/18)

 Monday, October 1

9:00 am    All-City Photo Trail

St Petersburg Libraries


12:00 pm  Festival headquarters opens

YRS Gallery and Studio

515 22nd Street South, St Petersburg


5:00 pm    Opening Reception (by invitation)

YRS Gallery and Studio

515 22nd Street South, St Petersburg


Tuesday, October 2

9:00 am    All-City Photo Trail

St Petersburg Libraries

All day

7:00 pm    Irma and Maria: Hurricane Stories, One year later

Poynter Institute-Barnes Pavillion

801 Third Street South, St Petersburg

10:00 pm       Hospitality (TBD)

Wednesday, October 3

9:00 am    All-City Photo Trail

St Petersburg Libraries

All day

6:00 pm    2nd Annual Short Film Screening

Dali Museum

1 Dali BLVD, St Petersburg

9:00 pm    Hospitality (TBD)


Thursday, October 4, 2018

9:00 am    All-City Photo Trail

St Petersburg Libraries

All day

5:00 pm    Stories, Poetry and Motion


255 Beach Dr. NE

7:00 pm    Prose  and Jazz at Iberian Rooster

Iberian Rooster Restaurant

475 Central Ave. St Petersburg

Admission: $15.00

Friday, October 5, 2018

9:00 am    All-City Photo Trail

St Petersburg Libraries

All day

5:00 pm    Happy Hour (TBD)

7:00 pm     Songs without Words

Piano, Dance, Photography

Admission: $15.00

9:00 pm    Hospitality (TBD)

Saturday, October 6, 2018

9:00 am    Writers Workshop

1:00 pm      Andrew Thornhill Seminar

Admission: $20.00 (Includes lunch & seminar booklet)

Peter Rudy Wallace Building

Room 107

599 2nd Street South

USFSP Campus


5:00 pm    Happy Hour

Callaloo Restaurant

642 22nd Street South

St Petersburg, FL

8:00 pm    Closing Event (TBD)









There is nothing more compelling than a real life story and few things that connect people faster or better.  Your Real Stories and our festival partners are creating six days of free and ticketed storytelling activities that show us the transforming power of stories, coach the crafts of writing and producing for a digital world,  and reward us with musical, theatrical,  and dance performances as well as poetry and visual arts every day.

Deploying its signature model of theatrical journalism, Your Real Stories presents HURRICANE IRMA STORIES on Tuesday, October 3.  By providing a creative environment in which to share one another’s challenges and witness our fears and triumphs in the face of the storm, audience members have the opportunity to experience their own stories as an immediate work of art that allows everyone present to listen to one another and to process, and heal, and celebrate.    Bring your Irma stories- the frightening ones, the sad ones, the funny ones and join Your Real Stories in creating an evening of theater before your very eyes. Your donations will benefit freeFall Theatre’s “Raise The Roof” Fund.

You can get a glimpse into the lives of  local residents as you follow the Know Your Neighbors: An All City Photo Trail installed in public libraries throughout the area.  Start at the Main Library at 3745 9th Ave. N. in St. Pete and visit five libarary locations around Pinellas County.
CLICK HERE for the 2017 Photo Trail Brochurephoto-trail-square

Interested in writing? On Wednesday, Roy Peter Clark and YourRealStories present Roy’s writing workshop IF I CAN SING, YOU CAN WRITE in the American Stage Theatre lobby.  Saturday, October 7,   learn to write down your own story by signing up for the KeepStPeteLit  Memoir Writing Workshop at the Morean Arts Center..

Music, Art, Poetry and Dance feature prominently in the week-long stroytelling festival.  On Thursday, October 5,  join the get-down SHOW LOVE, BE LOVE,  an open mic poetry slam hosted by Kitchen Table Literary Arts at SubCentral at the Iberian Rooster in St Petersburg.   There are also two collaborative art/music/dance and poetry/dance performance pieces scheduled at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Pete.

New to STORY DAYS  this year,  the Inaugural Film Screening at the Dail Museum on Wednesday, October 4, features  selections from Tampa Bay Times award winning photojournalists and their new series: Everyday Tampa Bay, as well as a premiere of a new dance film short by Rogue Dance, featuring Kellie Harmon.

thornhill3   Producers, Writers, Filmmakers, Photographers…Will a Studio Invest in You?  Got an idea for a new film, Netflix series, book or podcast? Or just thinking about producing your own family’s story? You’ll want to meet Internationally recognized author, researcher, and digital media expert, Andrew W. Thornhill of Seattle-based Thornhill Design Laboratory, when he returns to Tampa Bay to deliver his industry-leading, highly interactive and engaging seminar on Saturday, October 7.  Find out how to take the next step and the step after that to create a winning proposal and get it funded! Limited seating, so register soon!

As each day of the festival winds down follow us to a number of local restaurant and pub partners. As always, food and drink have a central role in Story Days in Tampa Bay. Watch this page for the after-party details each day.

Storytelling events are being scheduled by local museums, arts organizations, theatres, businesses, universities, and community groups.  Become part of the  Story Days in Tampa Bay 2017  event schedule and check for updates by returning to

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  1. Each year for the past 18 years the African-American Health Forum has reached over hundreds of residents in providing free health screens, mobile health and information units, and medical presentations from the top physicians and surgeons in our region at the Johnnie Ruth Clark Health Center. The event is planned for Nov. 7th. I am on the planning team and suggested collecting stories of hope and healing. The group welcomed my suggestion. I also suggested that we may able to do a breakout session. Please contact me as soon as possible to discuss how we can make this happen. Andrew Walker 727 853 4379. We met at Finding Sam Lowe.

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