Live Storytelling Workshops



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.  

Space is limited, so please only register for one session. Priority given to new participants.  

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



Powerhouse raconteur Dhaya Lakshminarayanan will impart her storytelling wisdom and guide workshop participants in crafting and telling their own stories. Check out Dhaya’s fabulous performance at Naked Truth on our Stories page.

Josh Healey will not be leading workshops due to  an unexpected scheduling conflict. 

Space is limited, so please only register for one session. Please do not register if you have already taken a live storytelling workshop at the Library. 

Thursdays in March, 6 PM-9PM

  • Session 1:  Thursday, March 6, 2014  COMPLETE
  • Session 3: Thursday, March 20, 2014 COMPLETE
  • Session 4: Thursday, March 27, 2014 COMPLETE

Workshop Moderator Bio:

Dhaya Lakshminarayanan is a stand-up comic, storyteller, and TV host. She is a frequent storyteller on NPR’s “Snap Judgment”, has appeared on PBS’s KQED, and hosted the Emmy-award winning television series “High School Quiz Show” on PBS.  She was also just named Best Comedian of 2013 by the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s Readers’ Poll.



Live Storytelling Workshops

We all know them…people who can tell a riveting story and keep their listeners hanging on their every word. Here is your chance to become one of those people. A cohort of talented moderators from San Francisco’s famed Porchlight Storytelling series will guide participants in mining their lives for material. Porchlight has been on the forefront of this genre for more than 10 years. Over the course of one evening, you will learn to perform a personal story live, and may end up as a featured storyteller at a Naked Truth live performance.

Space is limited, so please only register for one session.

Tuesdays in November

6 PM-9PM

Creekside Room

All sessions are full. COMPLETE

Session 1: 11/5/13 – FULL

Session 2: 11/12/13 – FULL

Session 3: 11/19/13 – FULL

Session 4: 11/26/13 – FULL

Sean Uyehara, Alan Black will be leading Sessions 1 and 2.

Sean Uyehara, Les Milton will be leading Sessions 3 and 4.

Workshop Moderator Bios:

Sean Uyehara is a programmer at the San Francisco Film Society, where he has presented Porchlight Storytelling within the San Francisco International Film Festival. In addition to his curatorial work, Sean is a writer and performer, and has been featured several times at the Porchlight storytelling series.

 Alan Black is a writer of books, newspapers and bar napkins.  More specifically, he is a soccer columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, a soccer blogger for Huffington Post and the author of two books from Penguin Group USA – a memoir about suburban angst, Kick the Balls, and a soccer book, The Glorious World Cup.  He has earned his storytelling chops as a barman at the Edinburgh Castle and a Porchlight  veteran.

Les Milton has been writing and performing in the Bay Area for over twenty years. Besides writing, recording, and performing hours of radio theater, he has participated in the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, written a sci-fi adventure novel for the whole family, and performed at SF Sketchfest for several years, as well as similar festivals in New York, Chicago, and Seattle. He has performed at the Punch Line and the Purple Onion, among many other venues where solo sketch comedy is a rare thing. His latest play, a sci-fi romantic comedy, will be sure to entertain just as soon as he fixes the typos and finds a producer.