Community Storytelling Circles

A Community Narratives project by Window Seat Media

Community storytelling circles

“We are here doing personal storytelling to gather little bits of wisdom from our neighbors. We all have gems to offer the world. An everyday person is an artist and a community member. It’s the sweet spot of understanding that living every day brings about love, collaboration, community, and stories.” - Community Storytelling Circle Facilitator

Ordinary People Living Extraordinary Lives

Listen to stories and share real moments in guided space

This series of conversations highlights the stories of ordinary people living extraordinary lives from within our community. We feature guest narrators who brings to light a new perspective of who we are in the South Sound. Participants will collectively listen to the narrator's story via a conversation, short audio or visual media, poetry, podcast, or art piece. We will pose a prompting question based on the story and invite community members to respond by sharing their own stories in facilitated small group conversations. The purpose of community storytelling circles is to create opportunities for community dialogue and civic engagement where folks can feel a sense of belonging and connection.

Example event flow

Storytelling circles last about an hour and a half. Below is a sample gathering flow. We like to hold time loosely to allow the wisdom of stories to guide the conversation.

  • (5 min) Opening: Intention, Land Acknowledgement, & Community Agreements
  • (30 min) Engage with story & narrator
  • (30 min) Facilitated small group listening and story-sharing
  • (10 min) Large group reflection
  • (5 min) Closing

Community Agreements

  • Take care of yourself
  • Take care of one another

We work with a talented and diverse team of community facilitators and teaching artists to host these events.

Join us in storytelling community in 2022-23

Want to partner with us for our next community storytelling circle? Want to invite us to do a community storytelling circle or workshop with your organization or group? Email: meg@windowseatmedia.org.