What's your Story?

How do you want to tell it? Podcast? Film? Magazine?

Session 1 Begins!

StoryArk now has two sessions per year:


  • Session 1 (September-March) includes StoryArk Network Live! where students share and discuss their stories with their peers and professional artists on February 22nd.
  • Session 2 (April-August) includes the StoryArk Festival where students share their stories with the community at the beginning of August.

We're here to encourage and support you! During Session 1:



Then, share your original creative work at StoryArk Network Live!, a day long affair at the Grand Banquet Hall in Stillwater on Saturday, February 22nd where youth share their original projects with each other and professional guest artists. Email Stephani at steph@storyark.org or call her at 651-417-6223 to receive a personal consultation on the best fit for your interests.
Register for SESSION 1 - Click Here

All are welcome regardless of ability to pay. We never turn anyone away for financial reasons.

Opportunities in Podcast

Become a podcast editor or create your own podcast!

Interested in learning how to edit a podcast or want to create your own? Let us know! Jenna Yaron has a long history of producing radio shows for KLBB and for StoryArk and is here to share her expertise with students. Email jenna@storyark.org, and we'll find a time that works for all to begin to learn, edit and produce quality shows. Check out our new D & D Podcast for a sample of one group's initiative.

Join our Absent Narrative Project - Podcast

As a part of an on-going project with Stillwater Area Public Schools, youth whose voices are underrepresented collaborate to create original narrative podcast episodes based on their lived experiences. Currently, we have three groups: A Day in the Life, Broad Spectrum and Carnation. Many of the youth are first generation immigrants from Mexico, El Salvador, Colombia, Somalia, Cameron, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Palestine. This project made possible by Stillwater Area Public Schools Office of Equity and Integration. For more information, contact steph@storyark.org.

Opportunities in Film

Film activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant

from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation

from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Register for SESSION 1 - Click Here

All are welcome regardless of ability to pay. We never turn anyone away for financial reasons.

Opportunities in Written Word

Saturday Storytelling Supplements

Learn the fundamentals of storytelling from professional podcasters, filmmakers, and authors during StoryArk's Storytelling FamJams. Come together with other students from across different mediums to discuss your projects and compare notes. Meet a diverse set of student artists who are all a part of the StoryArk family. Sessions take place on Saturday mornings from 9 AM to 10:30 AM at StoryArk and are included as a part of tuition for all groups.


  • September 28: Filmmaker Tahiel Jimenez, Podcaster Eli Nahkala - Envisioning the Project, Writing the Script
  • October 12: YA author - Plot Arcs and Three Act Structure and Characters, oh my!
  • October 26: LA actress and acting coach Ellie Abrams - Acting On Camera
  • November 23: Filmmaker Cynthia Uhrich - The Art of Directing
  • January 25: Filmmaker Dave McClellan - Editing for Film


Friday, December 13, 4:30 PM at StoryArk - Movie Fest: Popular Films and Me

Analyze popular films to apply lessons to the student’s own work with podcaster and Executive Producer Lily Percy Ruiz

StoryArk Network Live!

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Students sharing with students

StoryArk's student groups gather to share their podcast episodes, short films, comedy sketches and short stories and enjoy each other’s company as fellow artists at the beautiful Grand Banquet Ballroom in Stillwater from 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, February 22. Executive Producer Lily Percy Ruiz from On Being with Krista Tippet (podcast), Sundance filmmaker E.G. Bailey (film), and Young Adult author Jacqueline West (short story) will discuss with students the fundamentals of their particular storytelling medium. Students will learn how writing for podcast, film and prose are similar and different. In addition, each student group will share their narrative and discuss with each other the themes of the story and the technical details that helped create it. The day will end with a variety show where each group will share their podcast episode, short film, filmed sketch, or short story with family and friends. All creative work will be made available on the StoryArk Network webpage, podcast, mobile app and YouTube channel.


Thanks to the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council for their support.

This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature

with money from the State’s general fund.

Become a PR Rep

Representatives from all our podcast, film and literary groups join Rachael Kowalski, an experienced marketing executive with consulting, training and project management experience. As Vice President of Marketing at the DemandQuest Marketing Institute in Minneapolis, Rachael brings the latest in social media and digital marketing to young artists. She will help students develop plans to promote their team’s efforts and raise awareness about the awesome stories StoryArk students create. We meet the first Tuesday of every month from 7 PM to 8 PM at StoryArk in the Isaac Staples Sawmill building, 402 Main Street N, #350, Stillwater.


First Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at StoryArk

  • September 10

  • October 1

  • November 5

  • December 3

  • January 7

  • February 4


Students interested in PR can join whether they are in a podcast, film or literary group. All interested in marketing and social media advertising are welcome.

Classroom space in the Issac Staples Sawmill!!!

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Cheery rooms, a recording studio... AND parking!!!

Register for SESSION 1 - Click Here

All are welcome regardless of ability to pay. We never turn anyone away for financial reasons.

Become involved! Tuition includes ALL programming at StoryArk

Students pick a primary team to be a part of (podcast, film, magazine), but have the opportunity to participate in all programming offered at StoryArk. Want to act in film and there's a role? Audition! Want to submit to the Boom Site? We always want to consider your work! Our goal is to provide students the option to explore all mediums of storytelling.


Tuition: $260 per session (there are two sessions per year) paid by check made payable to StoryArk on the first class or by mail to 402 Main Street N, #350, Stillwater, MN 55082; OR, pay via PayPal $45/month or the one lump sum. Tight on funds? Pay what you can afford. No one is ever turned away for financial reasons. (Session 1 runs from September through March. Session 2 runs from April through August.)

We empower student voices and equip young artists to succeed

StoryArk provides a variety of creative programming for youth, allowing them to tell their story through their chosen medium - whether that be a novel, poetry, film, song, podcast or anything else they can dream up. Student initiated and student led, each project is imagined, designed, and developed by youth. Professional authors, screenwriters, filmmakers, musicians, producers, directors and actors share their expertise and experience, helping students gain new skills in their craft and empowering them to become their best creative selves.


StoryArk is a 501c(3) tax exempt organization that seeks to serve the greater good.

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StoryArk is a 501(c)3 organization