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An evening of live storytelling, the Des Moines Storytellers Project features community members coached by Des Moines Register journalists taking the mic to tell true, first-person stories.

We believe everyone HAS a story and everyone CAN tell that story.

Learn more at DesMoinesRegister.com/Storytellers.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 8 Ratings

An evening of live storytelling, the Des Moines Storytellers Project features community members coached by Des Moines Register journalists taking the mic to tell true, first-person stories.

We believe everyone HAS a story and everyone CAN tell that story.

Learn more at DesMoinesRegister.com/Storytellers.

    Guillermo Romano Ibarra: A debilitating bike crash emphasized the importance of a lasting friendship

    Guillermo Romano Ibarra: A debilitating bike crash emphasized the importance of a lasting friendship

    Guillermo Romano Ibarra's friend, Justin, was there for him in ways he couldn't anticipate when he was seriously injured in a crash.


    Guillermo told this story during the Des Moines Storytellers Project's “Generosity” on Dec. 13, 2022 at Hoyt Sherman Place. 

    The Des Moines Storytellers Project believes everyone has a story and everyone can tell it. 

    Des Moines Storytellers Project events are filled with neighbors and notables who have a true, first-person story they’re willing to share in 8-10 minutes in front of a live audience.

    See past stories, learn how to share your own or grab tickets to a future show at DesMoinesRegister.com/Storytellers.

    • 16 min
    Yenny Soley: Seeking political asylum, I had nothing in Iowa. Until I met two 'American moms'

    Yenny Soley: Seeking political asylum, I had nothing in Iowa. Until I met two 'American moms'

    Yenny Soley felt alone coming to the U.S. from Venezuela. The kindness of two strangers that would become like family helped turn her life around.


    Yenny told this story during the Des Moines Storytellers Project's “Generosity” on Dec. 13, 2022 at Hoyt Sherman Place. 

    The Des Moines Storytellers Project believes everyone has a story and everyone can tell it. 

    Des Moines Storytellers Project events are filled with neighbors and notables who have a true, first-person story they’re willing to share in 8-10 minutes in front of a live audience.

    See past stories, learn how to share your own or grab tickets to a future show at DesMoinesRegister.com/Storytellers.

    • 15 min
    Rusty Johnson: As a lifelong foster child, I leaned on the kindness of others to make it through

    Rusty Johnson: As a lifelong foster child, I leaned on the kindness of others to make it through

    Rusty Johnson couldn't have survived without the help of his many foster parents, teachers, neighbors and others who supported him along the way.


    Rusty told this story during the Des Moines Storytellers Project's “Generosity” on Dec. 13, 2022 at Hoyt Sherman Place. 

    The Des Moines Storytellers Project believes everyone has a story and everyone can tell it. 

    Des Moines Storytellers Project events are filled with neighbors and notables who have a true, first-person story they’re willing to share in 8-10 minutes in front of a live audience.

    See past stories, learn how to share your own or grab tickets to a future show at DesMoinesRegister.com/Storytellers.

    • 19 min
    Stevie Lang: The kindness of a friend led me to therapy, and a life forever changed

    Stevie Lang: The kindness of a friend led me to therapy, and a life forever changed

    A friend helped pay for Stevie Lang's therapy, which put her on a new path in life.


    Stevie told this story during the Des Moines Storytellers Project's “Generosity” on Dec. 13, 2022 at Hoyt Sherman Place. 

    The Des Moines Storytellers Project believes everyone has a story and everyone can tell it. 

    Des Moines Storytellers Project events are filled with neighbors and notables who have a true, first-person story they’re willing to share in 8-10 minutes in front of a live audience.

    See past stories, learn how to share your own or grab tickets to a future show at DesMoinesRegister.com/Storytellers.

    • 13 min
    Patsy Shors: A car ride from a stranger leads to a lifelong lesson in generosity

    Patsy Shors: A car ride from a stranger leads to a lifelong lesson in generosity

    Patsy Shors was out on her brother's paper route when a stranger offered them a ride. The mysterious woman ended up giving them hundreds of dollars in cash.


    Patsy told this story during the Des Moines Storytellers Project's “Generosity” on Dec. 13, 2022 at Hoyt Sherman Place. 

    The Des Moines Storytellers Project believes everyone has a story and everyone can tell it. 

    Des Moines Storytellers Project events are filled with neighbors and notables who have a true, first-person story they’re willing to share in 8-10 minutes in front of a live audience.

    See past stories, learn how to share your own or grab tickets to a future show at DesMoinesRegister.com/Storytellers.

    • 11 min
    Billy Weathers: I have an obsession — Becoming the best artist and person I can be.

    Billy Weathers: I have an obsession — Becoming the best artist and person I can be.

    Billy Weathers, also known as B.WELL, the artist and philanthropist will not compromise until his vision is realized. But his obsession stems beyond that.


    Billy told this story during the Des Moines Storytellers Project's “Obsessions" on Oct. 25, 2022 at Hoyt Sherman Place. 

    The Des Moines Storytellers Project believes everyone has a story and everyone can tell it. 

    Des Moines Storytellers Project events are filled with neighbors and notables who have a true, first-person story they’re willing to share in 8-10 minutes in front of a live audience.

    See past stories, learn how to share your own or grab tickets to a future show at DesMoinesRegister.com/Storytellers.

    • 13 min

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