Welcome to Naked Truth: Create. The Library is offering a set of digital and live storytelling workshops open to the public. Participants will share personal tales, enhancing them either via digitized images and sound or through learning how to tell a riveting story live and keep listeners hanging on every word.


The Basics of Live Storytelling

The Basics of Live Storytelling with Doug Cordell

 November 1st, 2016 7pm

In one 2-hour class, NPR radio storyteller, writer and performer Doug Cordell will teach you what you need to know to develop or improve your own live stories, including: how to come up with story ideas; making your story compelling; connecting with an audience; and more. Come with a story idea or two if you have them–if not, no worries. The class will benefit beginners and experienced storytellers alike.

Doug Cordell is an NPR radio storyteller, performer and Emmy-nominated writer. His true-life radio stories are on NPR’s Snap Judgment and APM’s Marketplace. He has been featured at theaters and clubs across the U.S. and abroad, and has led workshops on story, narrative and performance in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Marrakesh, Morocco. Find out more at

Space is limited. Click here to register.

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Speaking to Engage

Become a Better and Funnier Public Speaker

Author Talk
Tuesday, March 1st, 7pm

Become a better and funnier public speaker! Author, storyteller and occasional comedian David Nihill will share his techniques on how to capture and keep an audience’s attention using techniques from the world of stand up comedy as written about in his new book, Do You Talk Funny. In what doesn’t sound like the best plan ever, David decided to overcome his fears of public speaking by pretending to be a comedian called “Irish Dave” for one full year, crashing as many comedy clubs, festivals, and shows as possible. One part of the plan was at least logical: he was already Irish and already called Dave.

Registration recommended. Click here to register.


Data Storytelling

How To Spin Facts and Figures Into Rich Tales Published Online

Saturday, January 30th | 10:30am, Creekside Room

We are awash in data. How do we make sense of data and turn it into narratives? This class will go over how anyone can find data, put it into a simple format, analyze the data, and then publish that data as an engaging narrative or story. More specifically, we’ll collect data on endangered species in Marin County, their pictures, and turn this into a story about the endangered species population here in Marin. The digital storytelling skills taught will be broadly transferrable to uses in education, marketing, government, and communications.

Skills required: None
Tools to be used: Spreadsheet (Google or Microsoft), Web browser, and data publishing platform.

About the Instructor:
Alex Salkever is Head of Marketing at and a Mill Valley resident. He is the former editor of and the co-author of The Immigrant Exodus, listed on the 2012 “Books of the Year” by The Economist. He has been a senior marketing and business executive at a wide variety of technology companies and is also an avid writer and digital storyteller. He also worked as a freelance journalist based in Hawaii, writing about science, technology and travel for The Christian Science Monitor, Outside, Wired, Travel & Leisure, and, curiously, Bride’s Magazine.

Registration required. Click here to register.



Storytelling Meet-Up

Come by the the Library and meet other storytellers and those who enjoy the art of personal storytelling. Participants take turns sharing and listening to true stories. Feeling shy? Don’t worry, telling a story is not required. A facilitator will be on hand to ensure a positive, productive, and fun experience.

Second Monday of each month beginning February 8th, 2016 in the Conference Room.

Registration recommended Click here to register.

“We are, as a species, addicted to story.  Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.” –Johnathan Gottschall from The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human.


Storytelling Series

Join talented storytelling expert Cici Woo for one or all of these exciting classes to help hone your storytelling skills.

Live Storytelling Basics

Live Storytelling Basics will cover everything you need to know to craft a spoken personal story.  Wednesday, June 10th, 7:00pm  COMPLETE

Storytelling Techniques for Engaging Audiences

Define the storyteller’s role based on the audience; refine the story to optimize the impact.  Wednesday, June 17th, 7:00pm  COMPLETE

Storytelling for Personal Branding

Storytelling for Personal Branding will help you learn how to share who you are in a memorable sound bite. Wednesday, June 24th, 7:00pm COMPLETE

The Power of Story for Entrepreneurs

How to craft personal stories to create and strengthen connection for startups.  Tuesday, June 30th, 7:00 PM  COMPLETE


Storycorps – The App

Record your story and have it archived in the Library of Congress.  Library staff will guide you and a partner on how to use the new Storycorps App to find and share your most compelling stories.  Come with a friend or relative or on your own. 

Note: you must have an iphone, ipad, or smartphone to download the app. If you don’t, please contact the library and we can make arrangements.


Sunday, July 19th  at 2PM

Registration required.  Click here to register.


Call 415-389-4294 ex. 3 to Register



Digital Storytelling Deconstructed

In this three-part series, you will focus on the building blocks of creating a powerful digital story.   REGISTER HERE

Photography:  Learn  to capture a powerful moment with a camera lens from an award winning photojournalist.  After this session, you can use the techniques to take  photos for your digital story.  Or, you may already have photos in mind that you will now be able to examine with critical eye.
Sat. 3/07/15 2-4 PM

Story Development: In this session you will learn to find, structure and write your story. You will listen to examples of good stories and examine what makes them compelling. Instructors will share storytelling methods developed by the Center for Digital Storytelling, as well as secret storytelling formulas employed by This American Life and Serial staff.
Sat. 3/14/15 2-5 PM

iMovie: Learn how to create a movie using iMovie. Class will cover the iMovie workspace, how to edit video footage, how to incorporate still images, how add voiceover narration, music and sound effects, how to pan and zoom, how to add titles and how to export your movie to share with others.
Sat. 3/21/15 2-5 PM

Photography Instructor: Penni Gladstone is an award winning photojournalist, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize twice. She has worked as a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury, and the San Francsico Chronicle. Her job has sent her to the jungles of Guatamala, to the street gangs of Oakland, Ca. and to photograph the President of the United States.

Imovie Instructor: Lynne Watenpaugh has been a public school teacher for over twenty years. During her career she has taught both children and adults. She currently teaches technology classes at Mill Valley Middle School. She sees technology as a tool to manipulate in order to express one’s ideas. She has an undergraduate degree in English from UCLA, a Master Degree in Instructional Technology from San Francisco State University, is a California Writing Project Fellow, and a Google Certified Teacher.

*Please only register if you can attend all three sessions.


Live Storytelling Workshop

The ability to tell a powerful story is held by few and coveted by many. If you are part of the latter, here is your chance to change positions. Kari Kiernan, master storyteller and Naked Truth favorite, will help you find your story and teach you how to tell it so people will want to listen.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 from 6-9 – COMPLETE

Workshop Moderator Bio: Kari has told stories throughout the Bay Area and is a vet of San Francisco’s famed Porchlight series. Her work appears both in print and onstage. Kari was born and raised in Mill Valley and now lives in San Francisco where, possibly illegally, she has neither a bicycle nor a dog.




The ability to tell a powerful story is held by few and coveted by many. If you are part of the latter, here is your chance to change positions.  Josh Healey, master storyteller and the host of the Library’s Naked Truth live events will help you find your story and teach you how to tell it so people will want to listen.  

  • Wednesday, June 25th from 6-9 COMPLETE
  • Tuesday, July 8th from 6-9 COMPLETE

Space is limited, so please only register for one session. Priority given to new participants.   Call 415-389-4292 ex. 3 to register.

Workshop Moderator Bio: 
Josh Healey is an award-winning writer, performer, and creative activist. Fusing his distinct storytelling style with subversive humor and a fiery love for justice, Healey has been featured in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and is a regular performer on NPR’s Snap Judgment. Visit his website at