Connect with Local Storytellers and Discover New Ways to Tell Your Story on Nov. 12

Join us for a celebration of stories and storytelling at the North Liberty Community Center. Here’s what you need to know:

The five Ws

  • Who: You! Adults and teens are invited to learn about different forms of storytelling from local experts in the field. (Free childcare is available for infants and children up to 5th grade.)
  • What: Explore storytelling in a variety of forms with local artists who specialize in personal story writing and blogging, playwriting, table-top role player games, stand-up comedy and more.
  • Where: North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St, North Liberty.
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Why: As part of our third installment of the Embody | Embrace series, celebrate the power of storytelling and learn new ways to tell your story.


  • 11 a.m.: Abena Imhotep, writer, educator, strategist and community builder: “Speak, Sis: Storytelling as the Practice of Freedom” 
  • 1 p.m.: Kellee Forkenbrock, blogger, author and librarian: “Once Upon a Blog: Using Your Platform to Tell Your Story” 
  • 1 to 1:30 p.m.: Nick Mendoza, writer, dancer, musician and United Action for Youth staffer: “How to Create Engaging Characters, a Dungeons & Dragons workshop for all ages”
  • 1:30 to 4 p.m.: United Action for Youth: “A D&D One-Shot Session for Teens, an introductory roleplaying session for students in grades 6-12”
  • 2 p.m.: “On Storytelling” – a roundtable discussion
    • Abena Imhotep, writer, educator, strategist and community builder
    • Nick Mendoza, writer, dancer, musician and United Action for Youth staffer
    • Megan Gogerty, a playwright, comedian and associate professor of theatre arts
    • Moderated by Angela McConville, City of North Liberty special projects coordinator
  • 3 p.m.: Venise Berry, author, scholar of African American cultural criticism and associate professor of journalism and African American studies

Food and drink

  • Da Flava Unit and Luna’s Tacos of Iowa City will be on site for purchase from 12 to 1 p.m.

How to get there and where to park

  • North Liberty Community Center is located at 520 W Cherry St., accessible from both Cherry St and Community Dr.
  • Please park on the Community Center’s paved lots.
  • Or skip the car and walk, bike or roller blade to the Community Center!

You also might be wondering

  • You are welcome to attend one, a few or all of the sessions. Feel free to come and go throughout the day.
  • Free childcare is available for infants and children up to 5th grade.
  • You can find bios for our guest speakers here.

How to volunteer

Community events like these require volunteers to make them happen. Several opportunities exist to help out on Nov. 12. Sign up online.

Who to thank

This event is part of the City Slate. The yearlong schedule of events is made possible by Adam Schechinger State Farm, Centro, Inc, The Eastern Iowa Airport – CID, GEICO Philanthropic Foundation, Hills Bank, MidWestOne Bank, Shive-Hattery, South Slope Cooperative, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and Veridian Credit Union.

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We’re committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for this event for individuals with disabilities. If you need an accommodation to participate, please contact [email protected] or call (319) 626-5726.

More City Slate Fun

This event is part of the City Slate, a compilation of North Liberty’s largest and free city-produced events, with more than 40 events planned in 2022. Explore the schedule at


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