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VPR's coverage of arts and culture in the region.

Honing The Fine Art Of Storytelling

"The Moth" offers storytellers the opportunity to sharpen their skills in front of a live audience. Marlon "Big Fish" Fisher is shown hosting a local Moth event.
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"The Moth" offers storytellers the opportunity to sharpen their skills in front of a live audience. Marlon "Big Fish" Fisher is shown hosting a local Moth event.

Everyone has interesting things happen to them - at least once in a while - but not everyone knows how to tell a good story about their experiences. Susanne Schmidt is someone who does. She's a storyteller and regional producer of The Moth, which puts on storytelling events across the country.

The best of those stories sometimes end up on The Moth Radio Hour, which airs Saturday afternoons at 3 p.m. and Mondays at 9 p.m. on VPR.

Part of Schmidt's job is coaching ordinary people to become extraordinary storytellers. That means what to include, and maybe even more importantly, what to leave out.

She shared the finer points of storytelling with Vermont Edition.

Burlington's Moth GrandSLAM will be held on Thursday, March 21 at 8 p.m.

Broadcast live on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
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