Storytellers Gather at the McColl Center in Charlotte

Storytelling in Charlotte

Susan Jedrzejewsk at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation invited me to participate in a storytelling panel this week. It was a rich dialogue with fascinating, smart people!  I met three new friends, my co-panelists, Christina Wilson, Nora Orton and Quentin Talley.  Allow me to introduce them with their closing thoughts on the panel and links to their amazing projects, plays and services.  We are lucky to have them in Charlotte:

Cristina Wilson, journalist, Charlotte Agenda

“…the cycle of work and (more importantly) rest is critical to creativity and storytelling. An overworked, burnt out mind makes it impossible to connect with the authentic storytelling voice,” –Cristina Wilson.

Charlotte Agenda is local news media company and a fast hit among subscribers. The team at Charlotte Agenda produces an innovative morning newsletter on Charlotte’s story–a users guide to restaurants, events, theater, the arts, fashion and more.  

Nora Orton, co-founder, Charlotte Storytellers

“Getting feedback on your stories in a safe environment is one of the best ways to improve the craft of storytelling,” –Nora Orton. 

Charlotte Storytellers holds meetings every Monday night. Each meeting has a theme and each member brings stories on that theme and tells them to the group.  Presently the group is planning a storytelling open mic night,  StorySlam (on May 20th on the theme of “Journey”). The best way to find out their events is on Facebook (groups/charlottestorytellers).

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Quentin Talley, OnQ

“Your Story should be heard. Go tell it!” —Quentin Talley  

Quentin is a poet, actor, director, and producer.  He has a production of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Adapted by Lydia Diamond, Directed by Kim Parati, next month at Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square. 

If the team at Interact can help you develop your story or point you in the right direction, let us know.  Check out our “Storylines” course coming up in August of this year.  Contact me at [email protected].

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Lou Solomon is the founder of Interact. She is a TEDx speaker and a member of the adjunct faculty at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. Her articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur.com, CEO.com, and Fast Company.