Dispatches from the Moth

Explore interviews, storytelling tips, playlists and other Mothy fun curated by our staff and community. New dispatches are posted every other Tuesday.

Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Jul 10, 2017

Moth Summer Interns: Announcing the Alumni Podcast!

by Quyn Israel, Mmachi Dimoriaku, Brie Mann-Hernandez, Jamila Jahangir, and Dan Dobro

In Summer 2017, Moth EDU Brought on us five interns to help produce the High School GrandSLAM, assist with running the first ever Moth Teacher Institute, and create something new that would be a lasting asset to The Moth’s education program through its alumni. After some brainstorming, we decided to document an oral history of New York City, by reaching out into our neighborhoods to those storytellers whose stories might not have been heard live on the Moth stage. Although our time at The Moth ...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Jun 30, 2017

Joyce McMillan's Story

by The Moth Staff

Last month, Joyce McMillan worked with Moth teaching artists to craft a personal story about her experience regaining custody of her daughter. Spring Intern Lindsay Skedgell heard her story, and met up with Joyce to learn more about her work and perspective on storytelling. Here is what she learned. The mission of the Moth Justice Project is to share stories from those who have been impacted by the criminal justice system. Joyce's story focuses on her experience with the Child Welfare System du...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Feb 02, 2017

Storytelling and The Power of Meaning

by The Moth Staff

What makes life meaningful for you? Writer Emily Esfahani Smith has dedicated her latest book to answering that question, and an entire chapter to the role of storytelling. She interviewed our Artistic Director, Catherine Burns, to learn about the story crafting process. Emily's book The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters is available on Amazon. We highly recommend it! Learn more about her work at http://emilyesfahanismith.com/, and read an excerpt from the...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Sep 07, 2016

Dispatch from South Africa

by Dawn J. Fraser, Sarah Austin Jenness, Larry Rosen and Nadine Tadros

On a hot August afternoon, 12 AVAC fellows from all over the African diaspora including Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe, converged in Johannesburg, South Africa where they were greeted by a team of Moth instructors. AVAC is an organization dedicated to global advocacy for HIV prevention and one of the cornerstones of AVAC is their fellowship program which trains emerging leaders in advocacy and activism to execute creative, context-specific projects focused on HIV prevention research. As...

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Dispatches from the Moth · Posted On: Aug 23, 2016

The Next Generation of Story Teachers

by Catherine McCarthy

This week, our Education Program is teaming up with The DreamYard Project to train the next generation of story teachers: the Moth Teaching Interns. Alums of our High School StorySLAM program, here in NYC, kept asking how they could stay involved and do more with The Moth. The Teaching Internship is a way for them to do just that-- while they also get important experience and training as teaching artists. Any high school senior or graduate who took part in a High School StorySLAM program can...

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