A Guide to Orlando’s Best Story Clubs and Events

A Guide to Orlando's Best Story Clubs and Events

Express yourself with words at one of these eight story clubs and events in Orlando!

Whether it’s through reading or writing, there are many different forms of communication for our feelings, experiences and thoughts—along with many places in Orlando to express them out loud.

From monthly story telling meetups to Florida’s Storytelling Festival held in Mount Dora, there are lots of local places and groups that allow for self-expression and shared interaction with others. Many of these events are great date night opportunities, especially if you’re trying to get to know someone better.

Here are a few local spots to share your stories, or listen to the stories of others.

Orlando Story Club
The Orlando Story Club meets monthly at The Abbey to offer the community a chance to share stories, engage with others and support local causes. Every show has a theme and begins with a prominent member of Orlando sharing a story about a talent or passion they have that relates to the theme. Afterwards, members of the audience are invited to tell a story that’s less than five minutes by putting their name in a hat and hopefully getting picked.

A Guide to Orlando's Best Story Clubs and Events
Image credit: Orlando Story Club

PechaKucha, the viral storytelling event that hosts sold-out crowds, is hosted in a variety of cities worldwide. Locals submit presentations following the PechaKucha 20×20 format: a presentation of 20 images where you get 20 seconds for each image to tell a story. This worldwide storytelling phenomena started in 2003 and has visited Orlando several times. The point is to gather people in an informal and fun environment to share their ideas, thoughts, and stories through images.

Orlando Cringe
OrlandoCringe is a show that centers on individuals sharing their personal thoughts and memories from their childhood diaries—to a room full of strangers. These shows tend to be more intimate than some of the other local storytelling events due to the nature of the people telling the stories.

Storytellers of Central Florida
These storytellers typically gather the first Tuesday of every month at the Winter Park Library. It is free to attend the event, but only paid dues members of Storytellers of Central Florida can take the stage to share a 10-minute story.

A Guide to Orlando's Best Story Clubs and Events
Image credit: Florida Storytelling Association

Florida Storytelling Festival
This premier annual storytelling event hosts workshops, concerts and story readings for Florida storytellers of all ages. People from across the U.S. come to learn and share in the art of storytelling. The festival also features nationally recognized keynote speakers. This year’s event will be held at the Lakeside Inn in Mount Dora from March 30-April 2, 2017. Purchase tickets and find out more information for this year’s event at www.flstory.com.

Functionally Literate: A Literary Function
The Burrow Press hosts a quarterly reading series that brings together local and visiting writers from around the world. It allows for local storytellers to share ideas and literature with other local and visiting writers.

A Guide to Orlando's Best Story Clubs and Events
Image credit: Tina Craig / Functionally Literate

First Thursdays Expressive Art Journaling
The first Thursday of the month brings a unique writing and self-expression event to Central Florida—expressive art journaling. The class is led by Laura Bohn, an artist and art therapist, at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach. She guides participants through an exercise combining journaling and art to provide insight and understanding to emotions, reduce stress, and allow for relaxation.

There Will Be Words
This literary reading series is hosted on the second Tuesday of every month at The Gallery at Avalon Island. It showcases writers across Florida. It was voted as “Orlando’s Best Literary Reading Series” by the Orlando Weekly readership in both 2013 and 2015.

Feature image credit: Orlando Cringe

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