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Creating Space for Storytelling with The Moth's Catherine McCarthy

Interested in storytelling or podcasting work with young people?

This two-hour workshop will explore best practices that The Moth has developed for engaging young people in the process of developing and sharing stories. Catherine McCarthy, co-founder and manager of The Moth’s Education Program, will explain their methodologies and guide participants through an interactive storytelling workshop. Participants will have a chance to brainstorm stories from their own lives, practice giving feedback to one another, and reflect on how these strategies might apply to their own work with youth or marginalized communities.

How do you create spaces where youth can support one another in meaningful ways? How do you build practices that honor the agency of each young person, and that avoid being coercive or co-optive? Come away with some new insights, ideas for program design, and story ideas of your own!


The cost of this two-hour workshop is $50 for non-members and $40 for members of the Podcast Garage or members of the Harvard Ed Portal (i.e. any Allston-Brighton resident). We're also offering scholarships for anyone with financial need.

Anyone interested in taking this workshop must fill out an application form. We are prioritizing educators, although others are welcome to apply. We will make selections to ensure a diverse and highly engaged class. If accepted, you will be notified on Monday, Oct. 30. 



Catherine McCarthy is the co-founder and manager of The Moth's Education Program, which works with young people and educators to build community through storytelling workshops, performances, and innovative resources. She is a story director for the Moth Mainstage, and is the co-editor of the Penguin Random House Teacher's Guide for The Moth: All These Wonders. She has facilitated storytelling workshops for the US State Department, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, The DreamYard Project, and high schools across New York City. She also directed the award-winning solo show The Secret Life of Your Third Grade Teacher at the 2016 NYC Fringe Festival.  She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work at Fordham University.

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Our programming is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit 

Later Event: November 10
CLOSED for Veterans Day