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The 99 Second Story Workshop

May 13, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - June 3, 2021 @ 5:00 pm


Wellington – Thursdays, May 13 – June 3, 3-5pm


99 is the latest trend in personal narrative storytelling (GRIT, along with Chicago-based Story Jam, helped develop the form!) In this workshop, you’ll discover how to identify, craft and tell 99s for…

  • pitches
  • slams
  • interviews
  • dates
  • sales
  • speeches


You’ll learn how to craft and tell a full story—with an arc and narrative structure—while keeping people engaged and entertained by applying core components of a personal story in this exciting (and challenging) form…

  • Starting & Stopping
  • Conflict & Stakes
  • Transitions & Scenes
  • Details & Depth
  • Discovery & Surprise
  • Inner Voice & Dialogue
  • Heart & Humor


We will work on one (or two) stories for three weeks (six hours), and conclude with a student showcase, where you can tell your story/stories to a (virtual) live audience.

You can see examples of 99s from past slams:


About the Instructor:

Sean Wellington has spent the bulk of his adult life teaching in classrooms and performing on stages. He is the founder of GRIT: True Stories that Matter, a storytelling organization/community that produces a weekly podcast, Sunday evening events and ongoing workshops.

“Sean Wellington is the hardest working man in storytelling right now. The dude is a show host par none, a killer storyteller and an astute and supportive instructor. TAKE THIS CLASS.” – Marya Morris, Story Jam (Chicago)


This class is conducted online! A computer with audio, video, and internet functionality is required. Student gives permission for The ArtsCenter and for instructor to use their image and comments in class recordings for promotional non-commercial purposes. Refunds and exchanges are not offered for online classes.

All ArtSchool registrations have a $3 processing fee added upon check-out.

ArtsCenter members receive 15% off of the cost of this course!


May 13, 2021 @ 3:00 pm
June 3, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
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