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A storytelling workshop-show for live-storytellers, new or seasoned, looking to experiment and receive feedback on ANY 8-10 min true story, no matter where it might be in its development. Unfinished stories are especially welcomed. The messier the better!


Trying to find a clear beginning, middle and/or end to your story? Have too much/not enough narrative summary or scenes? Want to see if you can talk more about how you feel throughout your story? Maybe you want to revisit one of your older stories and experiment with a new form? Workout any and all of this at Fail Better Storytime!


We Offer

*A stage

*8-10 mins

*A supportive audience of fellow storytellers also at the ready with their own stories to destigmatize failure and embrace productive mistakes with you.

Optional Resources

*Notes for reference are welcomed.

*Free Video Recording for future edits of your story or to pitch to another show.

*Little extra time - Depending on the size of the lineup, occasional opportunities for more time may be available. Perhaps you need to prep for an upcoming longer set at another show (like RISK!) or your own one person show. Email us for more details.

*Story Status - Before telling, share with us the current development stage of your story. For example, tell us you have no ending and you wanna see if one comes up as you tell. Or tell us it's a revisited story and you're trying out a new approach. It might inform our reactions throughout as well as the optional Feedback Discussion.

*Popcorn - A quick one word or sentence reaction from everyone in the room to gauge initial/visceral responses.

*Feedback DiscussionAs practiced in our Reading Series, we facilitate a brief round of responses from the room according to your needs.


Perhaps this is a brand new story so you're more interested in what people appreciated, curiosities they have and/or what parts of your story got their attention and less on prescriptive comments that suggest what you should do with your story. That said, maybe you're seeking more candid and constructive observations so we'll encourage the audience to respectfully challenge moments that might have been unclear or underdeveloped in the story, speak on the structure or offer opinions. 


YOU let us know how specific or open you'd like the discussion to be. At any point you feel we're talking too much/not enough about something not in support of your feedback needs, raise your hand and we'll bring it back on track. 

All Stories Welcomed

In fostering an accessible space for all new works, we do not vet any of the stories and have no idea what they will tone and content will vary, fair warning.



3rd or 4th Sun of every month

Where (locations vary)

  • Offside Tavern NYC             

       137 W 14th St

       New York, NY 10011

  • Ecuadorian American Cultural Center

​       43-27 36th St

       Long Island City, 11101

Fail Better Storytime is FREE and open to the public.


Hosted by our Managing Director and live-storyteller, Christopher Moncayo-Torres

CLICK HERE to reserve a spot for this month or a future show and find out how we can best develop your story. First come, first serve!

Thanks! Your submission has been received.



Keep in Mind

  • 8 minute limit, unless otherwise discussed

  • You can have notes on stage

  • FREE video recording available