Story Workshops with the Be
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.
WORKSHOPS IN A GALLERY SITTING ON A STOOP
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.