The Raven Narratives

Live Storytelling

What are the raven narratives?

Raven Narratives storytelling ravens in a line

The Raven Narratives exist to connect us with each other through the ancient art of storytelling.

The Raven Narratives features people of all colors, ages, and perspectives sharing their authentic experiences and understanding through dynamic storytelling in front of a live audience.

Raven Narratives storytelling guidelines are:

  • Stories are told, not read. No notes are allowed on stage.

  • Stories should be true, not fiction.

  • Tell only one story

  • The story should have a beginning, middle, and end.

  • The story fits within the time limit of 8-10 minutes (6-8 minutes for SLAM events).

  • The story should relate meaningfully to the theme.

  • No stand-up routines, rants, or essays.

  • No explicit endorsements of an organization or individual.

Raven Narratives live storytelling events are held at the Sunflower Theatre in Cortez, Colorado, at the Durango Arts Center in Durango, Colorado, and various other locations in southwest Colorado. Go to the EVENTS page for more information.

Podcasts of the stories told at the Raven Narratives are available on Apple Podcasts, and on Spotify, Stitcher, and SoundCloud.

Raven Narratives co-producers Sarah Syverson and Tom Yoder

Raven Narratives co-producers Sarah Syverson and Tom Yoder

Sarah Syverson

Sarah has studied Improvisation and Sketch Writing at Second City in Chicago and currently writes, produces and performs humorously poignant original works throughout the Southwest with great success as well as performing regularly as a company member of Merely Players Durango. Sarah is also a contributing writer to Edible San Juan Magazine. She is passionate about storytelling; the quirky human ways that we are all connected and is overjoyed to be working on this heart- opening project.


Tom Yoder

Tom worked as an archaeologist in the wild places of the American Southwest for 16 years before he began his career in media, and produced a podcast as a personal project for 4 years during that time. He joined the staff at KSJD Community Radio in Cortez, Colorado as the Programming and Media Director in 2010, and has several years of experience in radio interviewing, audio production, and digital media distribution. He brings a deep passion for connecting people and community through storytelling.


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