Live Storytelling

Marfa Public Radio is hosting storytelling workshops all around West Texas!

Ever wanted to learn how to become a better storyteller? Have a great story you can’t wait to tell? Come learn the basics at a workshop near you! We’ll choose five participants to tell their story story live at two events at the end of the year.

This workshop is free and space is limited. To reserve a spot, email

2018 Workshop Dates


Why Storytelling?

We see storytelling as one of the most democratic arts and therefore the perfect tool to celebrate a wider range of experience in the Big Bend and the Permian Basin. The station aims to foster the voices of West Texas. Our goal is to be a beacon for storytelling that amplifies West Texas voices. The other goal of these events is to give neighbors and strangers the opportunity to laugh and cry together. Each event is an invitation for residents of West Texas to share true personal stories around a theme. These stories will be recorded and broadcast. In conjunction with the live events, the station will host a series of community workshops to train residents in the art of live personal storytelling.

Elise Pepple

Check out our First Person Storytelling Tips. 

Listen to past events here:

April 6, 2018: “All or Nothing:” Stories of Big Risks – Marfa 

February 12, 2018: Kiss and Tell – Marfa

February 7, 2018: Kiss and Tell – Midland 

November 16, 2017: First Times – Alpine

October 31, 2017: Ghost Town Ghost Stories – Terlingua

October 11, 2017: Should I Stay or Should I Go? – Marfa

April 18, 2017: Crossing the Divide – Alpine

February 16, 2017: Be Mine – Marfa