Fall for the Book 2017

Autumn is my favorite season. Apples. Perfect weather. Trees changing color. And free events! Specifically, George Mason University’s Fall for the Book Festival. We, at Better Said Than Done, love participating in the festival, and attending as many of the free events as possible.


Check out Fall for the Book here.

Check out the Better Said Than Done storytellers’ bios here.

 

Join Better Said Than Done storytellers and authors at the following events:

 

“The End: a storytelling workshop on how to end, and where to begin”
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
3:00PM – 4:15PM
George’s, 3rd Floor, Johnson Center
4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030
FREE
Join Better Said Than Done storytelling teachers Jessica Robinson and Mary Supley Foxworth for this lesson on choosing where to start and how to end your true, personal life stories.

“Air Guitar: stories about faking, music, and playing with heart”
Thursday, October 12, 2017
7:00PM Show Starts/6:00PM Doors Open
The Auld Shebeen (Downstairs)
3971 Chain Bridge Rd.
Fairfax, VA 22030
FREE
Join Better Said Than Done storytellers Jessica Robinson, Jack Scheer, Paul White, Miriam Nadel, Robert Lovejoy and Mary Supley Foxworth for true, personal stories about faking it until you making it.

“From Writer to Author: Panel discussion on what to do once the book’s written”
Saturday, October 14, 2017
10:30AM – 11:30AM
Merten Hall, Room 1202
George Mason University
4441 George Mason Blvd
Fairfax, VA 22030
FREE
Join Better Said Than Done Founder, author of Caged, and co-author of Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors, Jessica (JP) Robinson; Meredith Maslich, of Possibilities Publishing; Jennifer Crawford, of Social Media Rescue; and Joanne Lozar Glenn, co-author of Memoir Your Way, for this panel discussion on successfully transitioning from a quiet writer’s life, to a public author’s world.

See you at Fall for the Book!

Better Said Than Done storytelling is true and personal and our storytellers’ performances will prove that life is better in the telling.

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Roar at Bards Alley

Join several of the authors of Better Said Than Done’s anthology, Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors, at Bards Alley Bookstore in Vienna, VA on October 20th for storytelling, readings, and conversation about women, writing and warriors. It’s a free event, but you can purchase copies of Roar, as well as wine and food. Did I mention that there’s wine!

Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors, a book anthology of true, personal stories about obstacles and empowerment, is available for purchase
at Bards Alley Bookstore in Vienna, VA.

Book sales benefit the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Roar Storytelling and Book Event
Bards Alley Bookstore
October 20, 2017
7:00PM Start
110 Church St. NW
Vienna, VA 22180
Free Event
Seating is limited. First come, first served.
Wine, drinks, and food are available for purchase.

Watch the book trailer, with readings from several of the authors:

Here’s some information about the 9 female authors who will be appearing at the book event at Bards Alley on October 20.

Sandra Hull has long used storytelling in her day job as an eLearning Instructional Designer, but only recently has she embraced storytelling to entertain and educate live audiences with her personal experiences and truths. She’s been a member of Better Said Than Done since 2015. Previously, she performed with a handful of DC-area amateur improv troupes and was a regularly published contestant in humor-writing contests in the Washington Post, the Toronto Globe and Mail, and New York Magazine. Learn more on Twitter and her blog

Bushra Jabre is Associate Faculty, Senior Communication Advisor of The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs / Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was the Project Director of Arab Women Speak Out and the Emerging Leadership Project. She directed the annual Arabic Advances in Development Communication Regional Workshop 1992-2006. She held the post of Regional Advisor in Health Education and Women’s Programs with the UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa in Amman Jordan.
She has published Sophie’s Book, a memoir about her mother in 2016, Arab Women Speak Out, in 1998, Emerging Leadership in the Arab World in 2004 and many technical articles, newspaper articles and books in Arabic, English and French. More at LinkedIn and Facebook

Urmilla Khanna, a board-certified pediatrician, came to United Sates as a young bride in 1963 and pursued her medical career until 2000. Besides publishing her essays in newspapers and magazines, she has published two of her short stories in Patchwork, Stories from the Dining Table. Her first book, Boundaries of the Wind, a memoir, was published in 2015 and is available on Amazon in both kindle and print.

Mary Nicol Lucas is a marketing consultant to the credit union industry. Her areas of expertise include name development and rebranding; creation of advertising materials, collateral, website development and PR. She started her marketing career with the advertising agency, J. Walter Thompson USA, and she worked for DDB Needham Worldwide before spending 19 years as a corporate Director of Sales and Marketing for CORT, a Berkshire Hathaway Company.

Kim O’Connell is a writer whose articles and essays have appeared in national and regional publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Brain, Child, Yahoo News, Ladies Home Journal, National Parks, PsychologyToday.com, Thread, and more. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in Little Patuxent Review and unFold Poetry, and she has been a writer in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and at Shenandoah National Park. Visit her website, www.kimaoconnell.com, LinkedIn and Twitter

Laura Bowman Pimentel is a full time real estate agent, part time food tour guide and single mom. Her writing includes blogging about food escapades around Washington DC as well as short stories and essays based on her personal experiences with parenting, marriage and relationships. Because of her experience with her ex-husband’s struggle to adjust to life in the United States and the resulting mental health consequences, she is inspired to speak out and dispel misconceptions about both mental illness and immigration. More at her Blog, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram: @lauralizbp

Jessica Robinson is a storyteller with, and the founder of, Better Said Than Done, with monthly, themed storytelling shows featuring true, personal stories, and with storytelling workshops for non-profits, corporations and individuals. Jessica’s first novel, the urban fantasy Caged, was published October 2016 under the pen name JP Robinson. Jessica is currently working on the sequel, Rise. Her true, personal story, “The Game,” was published in the short story collection Sucker for Love, and “What Are the Odds” was published in The Northern Virginia Review, Volume 29. Follow JP Robinson on her website, Twitter and Facebook

Mary Supley Foxworth, tells true, personal stories with Better Said Than Done and leads workshops in the art of storytelling. Though she has been an editor of and contributor to other non-fiction books, her story in Roar is her first credit as an author.

Anne B. Thomas is the 2013 National Storytelling Festival Slam Champion. She has been featured on national US storytelling programs such as The Moth, Storycorps, and RISK!. She’s been published in the New York Times and is a coauthor of the book, Sucker For Love. Anne spent most of her career as a civil rights attorney, conflict resolution expert, and leadership development innovator. She is currently writing a memoir that will be published in 2018. You can learn more about Anne at her website, annebthomas.com and on LinkedIn

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Vacation Videos

Host Jack Scheer made sure to keep our storytelling family together on this “Vacation: stories of family, fun and disaster,” the Better Said Than Done August storytelling show at The Auld Shebeen in Fairfax, VA.

Fortunately for you, we took video and you can watch each of the storytellers below.

Jack told a short host story before bringing up the first, official storyteller of the night, Catherine Calvin.

Watch Jennifer Greene shower. Totally SFW!

Sandra Hull’s story about family and disaster.

Take a trip with Robert Lovejoy to Paris.

Allison Stevens’ ride through the highlands.

Or journey to exotic Canaan with Elinor Klein.

Miriam Nadel knows all the best tourist traps.

Watch Tom Croce swim in the ocean. Totally NSFW!

This Better Said Than Done storytelling show, performed by our family of storytellers, was filled with fun and totally not a disaster!

Our next storytelling show, is a solo, feature length story by Better Said Than Done founder Jessica Robinson. Join us on September 10th for “Tech Babies: Baby Making in the Modern Age.”

We have our next Storytelling at the Lake show September 20th, at Lake Anne Coffee House in Reston, VA.

On September 30th, we are hosting a fundraiser for Friends of Reston, at the Walker Nature Center, in Reston.

You can read about all our upcoming storytelling shows here.

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Jessica Robinson’s Tech Babies

On September 10th, at 5PM, Better Said Than Done founder, Jessica Robinson, will perform her solo, feature length storytelling show, “Tech Babies: Baby Making in the Modern Age” at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, VA. Details about the storytelling show here.

Jessica Robinson has been performing true, personal spoken word stories since 2007, when she first took to the stage at a SpeakeasyDC show.  Since then she’s played with different formats – telling stories in conjunction with another storyteller, hopping on stage at the spur of the moment for some improv storytelling, and sharing longer form stories for Better Said Than Done as well as for The Grapevine, Stories in the Round, and at Friendship Heights.

September 10th, Jessica brings “Tech Babies” to Northern Virginia, a story about struggling with what seems like a simple thing, making a baby. The story is of an adult nature, covering topics like sex, IUI, IVF, pre-natal testing, genetic disorders, and many other intimate parts of the modern baby making experience.

Unlike an 8 minute story you’d see at a typical Better Said Than Done show, this story called out for a feature length spotlight because of its complex nature, covering a long period of time with a lot of personal and medical ups and downs. But it’s an important story to tell, one that so many people can relate to, but so few have actually talked about or heard told. The storytelling show will run approximately one hour long, followed by a Q & A with the audience.

We hope to see you at our final Summer Spotlight show on September 10th.

Join us for this and other upcoming shows. Details on storytelling shows here.

Storytelling at the Lake
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 7:00PM, Lake Anne Coffee House, 1612 Washington Plaza N, Reston, VA 20190, FREE

Science Fair: Stories of science, nature, and fairs
The show is a benefit for Friends of Reston
Saturday, September 30th, 2017, 8:00 PM, Nature House, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191, $15 per person at door or here

Air Guitar: stories about faking, music, and playing with heart
Fall for the Book Festival Storytelling Night
Thursday, October 12th, 2017, 7:00 PM, downstairs at The Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030, FREE

4th Annual Night at the Improv – Improvisational Storytelling
October 28th, 2017, 7:00 PM, downstairs at The Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030, $15 per person

 

Jessica Robinson is a storyteller with, and the founder of, Better Said Than Done, Northern Virginia’s spoken word storytelling troupe, voted one of the “Best Performing Arts Companies in Virginia” by Virginia Living Magazine (2012 -15).  Jessica’s first novel, the urban fantasy Caged, was published October 2016 under the pen name JP Robinson. Jessica is currently working on the sequel, Rise.  Her true, personal story, “The Game,” was published in the short story collection Sucker for Love, and “What Are the Odds” was published in The Northern Virginia Review, Volume 29. Her story, “The Talk,” appears in the anthology Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors.

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Vacation Photos

In “Vacation: stories of family, fun and disaster,” the Better Said Than Done storytellers shared true, personal experiences that ranged from delightful to disastrous.

Host Jack Scheer made sure to keep our storytelling family together on this great night out at The Auld Shebeen in Fairfax, VA.

Catherine Calvin started our little road trip, with a bus trip of her own.

Jennifer Greene relaxed us all with a mystical spa weekend.

In a lucky turn, Sandra Hull got to fly across country to meet up with her family.

Robert Lovejoy experienced various art forms on a trip to Paris.

Outlander Allison Stevens took a jaunty ride through the highlands.

Elinor Klein spent some close-knit, quality time with family, old and new.

Next time you travel, make sure you send Miriam Nadel a postcard. That would be G.R.E.A.T.

Tom Croce proved to everyone that he’s still young, at heart.

Attending a Better Said Than Done storytelling show is always a vacation. This one, in particular, was filled with fun thanks to some not so fun experiences the storytellers turned into great stories.

Our next storytelling show, is a one woman, feature length story by Better Said Than Done founder Jessica Robinson. Join us on September 10th for “Tech Babies: Baby Making in the Modern Age.”

We have our next Storytelling at the Lake show September 20th, at Lake Anne Coffee House in Reston, VA. On September 30th, we are hosting a fundraiser for Friends of Reston, at the Walker Nature Center, in Reston. You can read about all our upcoming storytelling shows here.

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Bloodsucking Videos

In “Bite Me: stories of bugs, blood and anger,” host BN Heard bugged all the storytellers to give it their all at another great night out at The Auld Shebeen in Fairfax, VA.

If you missed July’s storytelling show, you missed a good one. Don’t do it again! Still, because we like to reward bad behavior here at Better Said Than Done, you can watch the videos of the storytellers sharing their true, personal stories, below.

Davine, don’t make her hangry, Ker

New to the Better Said Than Done stage, Justin Werfel

Catherine Calvin

Storyteller Miriam Nadel

Woman warrior, Sandra Hull

winning, Dustin Fisher

Not everybody’s (but my) favorite interpreter, Jennifer Greene

His girl friend’s boy friend, Joff Infante

Special thanks to BN for hosting, David Supley Foxworth for handling photos and videos, Mary Supley Foxworth for working it at the door, all the amazing storytellers for sharing their true tales, and The Auld Shebeen for NOT bugging us at all!

As always, Better Said Than Done storytelling is true, personal and truly entertaining.

Join us for our next show at The Auld Shebeen, “Vacation: stories of family, fun and disaster” August 26th.

And don’t miss Better Said Than Done founder Jessica Robinson’s one woman storytelling show on September 10th. Join Jessica at Epicure Cafe at 5:00PM for her story about baby making in the modern age, “Tech Babies.” Details here.

Want to learn to tell a great story – or just get an edge up on the competition? Join Better Said Than Done at our storytelling workshops. Next one is September 9th, followed by October 7th. Details here.

Details on that and other Northern Virginia storytelling shows here.

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A New Venue and a New Workshop

Better Said Than Done founder Jessica Robinson is excited to be leading a new six week storytelling workshop at a new venue in Vienna, VA starting September 21st. The Insight Shop is a great location for learning mindfulness, creativity and other self-care disciplines. “Telling the story of your life” is a perfect fit. I hope you’ll join me for this mindful, creative, self-care storytelling workshop.

Read more about the class here:  Insight Shop Class

Register here.

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Bloodsuckers

Another hot July night of storytelling. In “Bite Me: stories of bugs, blood and anger” the storytellers let off some steam and made the audience itch with excitement. BN Heard took on the task of keeping all the hot heads in line hosting another great night out at The Auld Shebeen in Fairfax, VA.

Here are some hot pics of some cool storytellers.

Davine Ker

Justin Werfel

Catherine Calvin

Miriam Nadel

Sandra Hull

Dustin Fisher

Jennifer Greene

Joff Infante

Special thanks to BN for hosting, David Supley Foxworth for handling photos and videos, Mary Supley Foxworth for working it at the door, all the amazing storytellers for sharing their true tales, and The Auld Shebeen for putting up with us every month!

As always, Better Said Than Done storytelling is true, personal and truly entertaining.

Join us for our next show at The Auld Shebeen, “Vacation: stories of family, fun and disaster” August 26th.

Details on that and other Northern Virginia storytelling shows here.

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Bite Me!

On July 29th, 2017 join host BN Heard at The Auld Shebeen in Fairfax, VA for “Bite Me: true, personal stories about bugs, blood and anger.”

Bite Me: stories of bugs, blood and anger
July 29, 2017
The Auld Shebeen
3971 Chain Bridge Rd.
Fairfax, VA 22030
6:00PM Doors Open
7:00PM Show
$15 Entry Fee at Door (Cash Preferred) or Purchase
$12 Advance Entry Here




Full bar and food menu available. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Storytellers include Catherine Calvin, Dustin Fisher, Jennifer Greene, Sandra Hull, Joff Infante, Davine Ker, Miriam Nadel and the newest addition to the Better Said Than Done family Justin Werfel.

If you can’t make it to this spoken word storytelling show, check out our upcoming storytelling shows here.

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No Pain, No Gain

Better Said Than Done’s June storytelling show at The Auld Shebeen, in Fairfax, VA, “Labor Pains” featured true, personal stories about bosses and babies.
We videotape our shows at The Auld Shebeen. We don’t share all the videos, and watching a video is not the same as sitting in an audience, but still, we like to give you the opportunity to relive your favorite stories over and over. If you really like one, you could watch it 4 times a day like a 4 year old watching Moana (or a 40 year old, if I’m being honest). Then you could walk around quoting Nick Baskerville or Aimee Snow instead of the Rock. How fun would that be? Give it a try. Start with the videos of our storytellers from June (below) and then work your way back!

Richard Barr‘s story about working it!

Allison Stevens‘ story of suspicion and poop!

Joe Roles‘ story of pharmaceuticals for women.

First time storyteller Aimee Snow‘s story about patience as a patient.

Catherine Calvin‘s battle with a bad boss.

Nick Baskerville‘s story of a pick-up truck vs. a baby.

Brandy Walker‘s home birth experience.

Robert Lovejoy‘s adult education.

True, personal storytelling is what Better Said Than Done is all about. We are ever grateful to the storytellers for getting personal and being true. And the audience for listening, laughing and sometimes even learning.

Join Better Said Than Done at The Auld Shebeen again for our next spoken word storytelling show “Bite Me” on July 29, 2017. Advance discount tickets and more information at www.bettersaidthandone.com/storytelling-shows/

Join storyteller Ellouise Schoettler in August for “Arlington Cemetery: My Forever Home” at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, VA. Click here for details about our remaining Summer Spotlight Series shows.

And we return to Reston for Storytelling at the Lake on August 9th. Information on all of our upcoming storytelling shows here.

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