Story Workshops with the Be

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Almost three years after I began sharing stories on stage, a crazy thing happened to me in November, 2015. I was sitting at home when I got an email from Ian Belknap (host of Write Club) introducing me to Andrew Eninger (head of the writing program at Second City) to possibly teach a class at Second City. Before teaching at Second City, I had never even stepped foot into that building in the 35 years I had lived in Chicago NOR had I ever taught a class in anything ever. Correction, Pipers Alley was in that building and I had gone there once to see a movie and I raised a child who I'm sure learned a lot of things from me. However, I had never gone to Second-City to do any Second City related things and I had never taught professionally.  

Anyway, Andrew and I went back and forth via email and set up a time to talk about what I would teach and how I would teach it. I was so nervous and scared but i would come to realize that my own journey in discovering my voice is one that a lot of people find themselves on. Developing my curriculum and the prompts that help people do what I have done came so easy to me and that is what I teach.  Believe me when I tell you that no one teaches a workshop or class like I do. no one.

Mastering my style of storytelling was a slow and steady process and I am pretty sure I got it down to my own little science. No one shares a story like Lily Be, and not because I am that good, but because there is no one else like me. I am the one and only Lily Be. Just like there is no one else like you. I want to teach everyone how to find, own, and master their voice and stories. Not only to share on stage, but to be better listeners, communicators, and navigators of their lives. 

WORKSHOP open mic


The only workshops that are free will be taking place on site at Pilsen Outpost Gallery in Pilsen on 18th St. Teresa Magana sent me a photo over the summer of her new gallery space and INSIDE the gallery was a stoop!! An actual STOOP!! Workshops will take place every first and second Thursday of the month beginning October 4th. These workshops are open to anyone looking to learn how to mine for stories, shape their stories, and most importantly, own their truths. The workshops are fun and FREE (donations welcome though). We also have access to Palateria El Sabor De Mexico right next door and we encourage that you grab an elote (Mexican corn), nachos, a paleta or any of the goodies they have to offer and come on over and kick it on the Stoop Pilsen and get your story on!!!!

This is kind of like an open mic in that we will works shop 3 - 5 participant stories in an intimate setting and give constructive feedback to each other to help develop our stories with each other. 
Many attendees of these workshops have called them therapeutic and others have left feeling seen and heard and validated. 

  We ask that you R.S.V.P on the occasion that we want to provide goodies or giveaways to attendees. 



online six-week Classes

These workshops are for people who believe they don't have any stories to share OR have a ton of stories to share but cannot decide which are worth sharing. This class will help tellers discover their stories in an intimate and fun atmosphere ONLINE. We will work together to help each other see the nuggets of storytelling gold we sometimes overlook or ignore because we are too worried, ashamed, or afraid that the life we have lived is not worth owning and sharing.

Sign up for this six-week class and leave with the tools to you need to discover your stories in your everyday life and turn them into pieces you can use in performances, business, healing, and life.

Online classes are limited to six people.

Six Week storytelling Classes at Hairpin Arts center


Discover Your Story

Everyone has stories to tell. EVERYONE. However, not everyone is comfortable or believes that they have stories that matter to the people around them. Not everyone is comfortable opening themselves up to a group of strangers and sharing their most vulnerable and honest stories. The world is telling us who we are and we are ok with it, but not really. We listen to these narratives on the tv, internet, and social media and we compare them to our own lives, and we start to believe that our stories do not matter when compared to THOSE stories. Even when we can relate to those stories, we feel that because someone already shared a story similar to ours, that no one needs to know our story or cares to hear it. Well, yes, BUT that is because you believe that their story is your story and it is NOT.

I'm Lily Be; I've been doing this my entire life but sharing stories on stage for over eight years.

My classes are not about teaching you how to perform your stories; I am showing you how to find them, structure them in a way that helps you make sense of your experiences so that you can share them with others. and make them uniquely YOUR STORIES. What you do with your stories is your business. I am just going to make sure that we get to the bottom of them, in a safe, friendly, fun environment.

Storytelling saved my life. That is not hyperbole.

Each week, we will focus on two different prompts that I have created to help bring out our most significant and sometimes vulnerable stories.

Feedback sessions are designed to help each student discover, own, and then share their story. Your classmates will become your people, supporters, and hold testament to your truth and you will LOVE THEM for it.

After all, this is your life, you know it better than anyone, and I am just here to get you to own it and hopefully share it with as many people as you can get to listen.

Class size will be kept to 10 to ensure that everyone gets a chance to develop one 7 to 10-minute story that they can opt to share on stage at the end of the session.

I want to be able to offer these classes to everyone, so if you want to work out a payment plan or apply for a partial or full scholarship based on need, please contact me and let me know. I am willing to work with ANYONE that wants to take this class. I want to have a good mix of people taking this class together so please do not be to proud to ask. I got you!!

Four-Week Course at Northeastern University


Taught by LilyBe, a MOTH Story SLAM and GrandSLAM champion from Chicago, this non-credit course is designed to take your personal experience and turn it into a story worth telling. Draw from your own life and find material that is honest and relatable. Learn to tell your story in a way that is compelling and entertaining. Storytelling: Your Experience is designed for anyone with unique, exciting or intense personal experiences looking for help crafting these emotionally driven moments from their lives into strong, evocative and conversational MOTH-like stories. Stories do not have to be comedic, although they should be personal and stirring.

This class is important because YOUR story is important. By embracing our vulnerabilities and sharing our experiences with others, we become better human beings. Come learn to develop, own and share your story.


I will come to you to make the story magic happen. Just ask, we will make it work. No audience or budget is too small.