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I Wish I Could Tell You: Finding Your Story and Forging the Connection

Storylab Workshop and Community Performance

This intensive workshop features Lawrence Storylab founder and nationally recognized storyteller Bob Tryanski. The workshop, held in collaboration with KU’s Hall Center for the Humanities, will challenge participants to mine their personal histories and professional experiences to discover how stories can connect with universal themes of adversity, resilience, and hope. Participants will learn how to structure and shape compelling personal narratives for presentation in a variety of formats and venues including live performance, recorded audio/video, and trans media storytelling. Close collaboration among Storylab participants will culminate in a local storytelling concert that will elevate a wide variety of community voices and encourage deeper conversations about important issues that emerge when personal stories are well told in the public square. KU faculty members from the project team will participate and be on hand during the discussion period to help provide context for themes that emerge from these stories.


Bob Tryanski
Bob Tryanski

Bob Tryanski is an award-winning writer, speaker, and storyteller from Lawrence, Kansas. He has worked for more than twenty years with teachers, students, parents, and professionals throughout the United States and abroad. Bob is a regular audience favorite at story slams, house concerts, conferences, and festivals . He has performed on the Exchange Place stage during the National Storytelling Festival and has been a Grand Slam favorite for five consecutive seasons at the Kansas Free State Story Slam. Bob’s original storytelling show, “Kicking the Bucket”, was hailed as one of the “top rated professional theater productions of 2012” by KC Stage. He is the author of I Wish I Could Tell You, an inspirational storybook.

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