"You DO Have a Story to Tell" Storytelling Class

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Note: This is a multi-session event series. By purchasing the event package, you acknowledge that you can attend all event dates included below.
Event Overview

Note: This is a multi-session, virtual class. By registering, you acknowledge that you can attend all event dates Class #1: January 5th / 5:30-8:30pm CST then every Thursday through Class #8: February 23rd / 5:30-8:30pm CST, that you’ll have access to the materials listed below, and that you’re able to be on video via Zoom.

Many of us feel like we don’t have stories. That we’re not interesting. That no one would want to hear what we have to say. That our stories don’t matter compared to others’ stories. Many of us have stories but we’re scared to write and share them. Because of whom we may hurt. Because of what you may think of us. Because of what the digging may unearth. Some of us know we have meaningful stories and we’re chomping at the bit to spotlight them, we just haven’t yet had the opportunity.

This is an empowering intimate class for those with “no stories” or “uninteresting” stories, or for those who simply want space for community, words, and self (with a dash of challenging yourself to push through any fear or discomfort), and something to look forward to. This writing and sharing-intensive course meets weekly for eight weeks and culminates in a showcase, a public sharing of student stories.


☆ Required Materials: analog or digital note-taking materials, a device with a camera (laptop, desktop, tablet, phone), a quiet space

☆ Other Requirements: consistent attendance, focused time outside of class to write and read, ability to critique and be critiqued, a willingness to be open, vulnerable, and supportive

☆ Timeframe: we will meet once a week, same day of the week, for three hours. Our showcase will be within a few weeks of our last class -- we'll pick a date that works for all

☆ Food/drink welcome during class



"I've always loved stories but have never devoted much time to writing my own. This class forced that to happen and it was beautiful. Magic happens as you become vulnerable, heed your classmate's suggestions (sometimes!), and edit, edit, and edit some more. It's remarkable how much better a story can become with a little work and how fun it can be to do that work. I think I might have a new hobby. Saya created a warm, welcoming environment for us to learn and grown. It was the highlight of my week. Truly.”

“If I could summarize my experience in one word: magical. At the end of every session I left feeling inspired, uplifted and more confident in my storytelling abilities. Not only do I feel more hopeful to continue pursuing a career in communications, but the personal growth I gained is priceless. This will forever be an experience I will never forget! Saya, you have created something beautiful here - a platform for people to come together, be vulnerable, grow, learn, laugh and even cry a little but be totally okay with it because of the level of comfort you've built.”

“Thanks so much for the assignments and the way you designed the class. I especially enjoyed the notes you wrote on my stories. You have a knack for critique. And I take your words as valuable because they are. Also enjoyed my classmates mucho…and their stories…also mucho. And being in M&C good vibes and comfortable. I learned A LOT; more than I expected.”

“Saya’s created an environment where one doesn't have a choice but to grow. With the detailed notes, assigned readings, homework, and most importantly, Saya's encouragement, you can succeed in this course. I would recommend this class to anyone. (It) allowed me to grasp how storytelling and writing can be applied in my business and everyday life.”



When Saya used to try to fit in -- which as an amazonian biracial Black Jew with a single mom, homemade clothes, and bike for a car was difficult -- she was miserable. Since learning the power of voice and vulnerability, she is a master at getting others to push themselves and "Me too!”, and now embraces her literal and figurative stretch marks. Often through the spoken and written word.

A proud Boston College English and Sociology major, Saya loves to combine her superpowers of storytelling and an ability to connect people and get them to see the goodness within. She’s keynoted conferences, shared a TEDx talk, and participated in various performances from the Chicago Women's Funny Festival to Listen To Your Mother to Fear Experiment℠. For years, she’s guided people in personal journeys to increased self-confidence and personal fulfillment. And taking that journey through writing and storytelling? The best.

She's run her business,Mac & Cheese Productions℠, since 2004. Mac & Cheese creates virtual and in-person spaces that build connection: to others, to opportunities, to self. A space for those without a space. A space for those who want to renovate their space. A space for those who want to share their space. Mac & Cheese inspires groups and individuals to learn, grow, and become better versions of themselves and you to take charge of your life. https://macncheeseproductions.com/

What to Bring

analog or digital note-taking materials, a device with a camera (laptop, desktop, tablet, phone), a quiet space

Minimum age

21 years or older

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A TEDx speaker and one of Brazen Careerist' s Top Twenty Young Professionals to Watch, Saya has discovered how to turn her love of creating community, challenging herself and those around her, and enjoying life to its fullest into her “job.” Via her company Mac & Cheese Productions℠, she helps others (and herself) live a Life of Yes℠. Saya is from Evanston, went to Boston College, and resides in Chicago.

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