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’ 5th Annual Story Days in Tampa Bay, October 1-6.
Venues  promise real life stories told, sung, danced, slammed, talked about and enjoyed in exhibits, performances, and onscreen,


Story Days in Tampa Bay Festival Schedule 2018

Your Real Stories presents
the 5th Annual Story Days in Tampa Bay
October 1-6, 2018.

This popular six-day storytelling festival collaborates with St. Petersburg and Tampa area artists and arts organizations, theatres, libraries, universities, restaurants, and museums  to present  real life stories just the way you like them– told, performed on stage, danced, sung, seen in exhibits and documentaries and experienced in seminars for writers, producers and filmmakers. Each evening ends with receptions and after parties at local restaurants because there will be a lot to talk about.

In 2017, just two weeks after Hurricane Irma,  we asked people to bring  in their stories–the frightening ones, the sad ones, the funny ones.  And they did. This year,  supported by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council, we are presenting  Irma & Maria: Hurricane Stories, One year later a theatrical performance based on interviews with Tampa Bay residents including two families who fled Puerto Rico.  Local actors will perform the real life stories of these survivors We also invite everybody to again bring their own hurricane stories and then, experience them as an immediate work of art.  This event is free on October 2 at the Poynter Institute Barnes Pavilion, 801 Third Street South in St Petersburg.

Improvisation and collaboration characterize another festival favorite  performed in the Museum of Fine Arts Conservatory.  Stories, Poetry and Motion  features poet, Gloria Munoz , and dancer/ choreographers  Helen Hansen French,  Kellie Harmon, Crystal DelGiudice, and Andee Scott.  This free event is scheduled for Thursday, October 4 at 5:00 pm. The MFA is located at 255 Beach Drive in St Petersburg.

Kitchen Table Literary Arts will present the work of local writers in an event called Choose Your Own Adventure–Live!  on Thursday, October 4.   Three stories and six possible endings have been prepared to create an interactive night of stories where YOU choose the ending! The evening features stories by local writers Adrien Julious, Slam Anderson, and Silk-Jazmyne Hindus. Tickets are $10.00 in advance and  available on or $15.00 at the door.

The 2ndAnnual Story Days Short Film Screening: The Visual Narrative features short films from the award-winning photojournalists of the Tampa Bay Times series “Everyday Tampa Bay,” and  from  the Your Real Stories archive and others.  The doors and cash bar open at 6:00 pm on October 3,  the screenings begin at 6:30 pm at The Dali Museum,
1 Dali Blvd. in St Petersburg.

Story Days in Tampa Bay  celebrates storytelling and storytellers too.  That’s why every year, the festival includes workshops and seminars for writers, photographers and filmmakers.  So, if you’ve  got an idea for a new film, Netflix series, book or podcast, or if you are just thinking about producing your own family’s story,  find out how to take the next step- and the step after that- to create a winning proposal and get it funded!  Internationally recognized author and digital media expert, Andrew W. Thornhill returns to Tampa Bay to deliver this industry-leading seminar.  Seating is limited, so register soon for the  Thornhill Digital Storytelling Documentary Funding Proposal Seminar and Producer’s Workshop.
Tickets are $20 and available on
A seminar booklet and light refreshments are included in the ticket price. 

Story Days in Tampa Bay is the signature production of Your Real Stories, creator of the series  Decades of Day Work and St. Pete Stories.  Your Real Stories also created and produced Out of the Shadows: the LGBTQ Homeless Youth project, which was awarded Creative Loafing’s 2017 “Best of the Bay”  for “The Best Mix of Theatre, Storytelling and Activism.”

Major sponsors  for  Story Days in Tampa Bay  2018 include The Robin Phillips and Susan Green Family,  Ted Jones, and The Hotchkiss  Real Estate Group.  Each year,  Your Real Stories, a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization,  produces some of the events  for  Story Days and then collaborates with partners around Tampa Bay to complete the rest of the six-day schedule. Current and former partners include the Tampa Bay Times, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Dali Museum, the St. Petersburg Library System, University of South Florida (USF) Tampa and USF St. Petersburg, The Studio@620, and The Florida Holocaust Museum, among others.

The Your Real Stories Gallery & Studio is located in the Warehouse Arts District Arts Exchange, 515 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg. The mission of Your Real  Stories is to create a space for people to experience the compelling authentic stories of real people and to find the common threads that tie us together as human beings.

Get your Story Days in Tampa Bay tickets online at
and enjoy great storytelling events each day,  October 1 through 6, 2018.



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