Writer, Teacher, Producer, Performer
Dana Norris is the author of The Storytelling Code: 10 Simple Rules to Shape and Tell a Brilliant Story , coming May 5 from Rockridge Press. This book will show you how to create & tell your own story, using Dana's 10+ years of experience writing, performing, and teaching stories. Preorder your copy today!
Dana is also the founder of Story Club, a monthly storytelling show that has been featured in Poets & Writers magazine. Story Club is held on a monthly basis in Cleveland, Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston, and Columbus.
Dana resides in the Cleveland area, where she teaches for Literary Cleveland. She has been featured in Cleveland.com, Cleveland Scene, the Chicago Reader, the Chicago Tribune, as well as on WBEZ and WCPN. Dana has been named one of the funniest women in Ohio by Cleveland.com. In 2015 she was named one of Chicago's top 50 literary influencers by New City Chicago.
Writing Out Loud
6 week ONLINE storytelling class with Literary Cleveland
New session starts Thurs, April 9!
Ever seen someone on stage, captivating the crowd, and thought “I want to do that”? This class will show you how to create, edit, and perform your own stories. We’ll show you how to turn off your inner critic and turn up your creative juices.
Each student will move a personal story from the draft stage to a performance-ready piece of electrifying theater. In class we’ll create stories, discuss the fundamentals of live storytelling, and provide feedback on each others’ work. Outside of class you’ll be encouraged to attend storytelling shows and discover techniques you can use to enhance your own writing and performances. The class will conclude with a public show on Wednesday, May 20 where students will join the storytelling community in full.
Class will be held for 6 Thursdays, 4/9-5/14, from 6-8PM. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.
Dana is a successful teacher, writer, and performer and she can help you unlock your writing potential. Need help editing a story? Want ideas for where to submit work for publication? Need feedback on a piece you're going to perform? Need someone to take a look at your MFA application? Reach out to Dana to schedule a session!
"I can't say enough good things about Dana! She's an excellent editor, she's efficient and helpful and gives insightful feedback. I love working with her!" - Jeremy Owens, founder You're Being Ridiculous
"Dana is a skilled storyteller who knew how to bring out my message and make my meaning clear. She loves words, period, and will make yours better, whether you’re writing a novel or an e-mail marketing message.” - Amy Eddings, public radio journalist and host
$50 for up to 15 pages. This includes a close reading of your work, email notes, and a 30 minute live review session via Skype, Google Hangouts, or FaceTime. Payment is accepted via Venmo or PayPal. Have a longer piece and/or want more time? Reach out for a quote!
Evenings after 6PM and weekends. To schedule a session, complete the form below. Under "Comment" list two times you're available for a 30-minute live chat, as well as your goal for the session (edits, publishing advice, performance tips).
Story Club Cleveland
When: Last Thursday every month, 7PM
Where: CLE Urban Winery, 2180 Lee Rd Cleveland Heights, OH
What: Story Club Cleveland is an open mic for true stories. Open mic sign up starts at 7PM and the show goes live at 7:30PM. Open micers are given 8 minutes (1300 words) in which to tell a true story. Each show also spotlights featured performances from talented local storytellers.
How: Event is 21+ with a $10 suggested donation that goes to support local charities. CLE Urban Winery has food and drink available during the show.
No F*@ks Given
When: Saturday, April 18, 9PM
Where: Tarrymore Inn, 13356 Madison Rd Lakewood, OH
What: No F#$ks Given is a monthly comedy show hosted by Dionne Atchison and featuring local comedians and other special guests
How: $5 at the door, 21 & up