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We Want Your Stories About Overcoming Differences For Our 'Common Ground' Project

Hazel O'Neil

Perhaps especially in an election year, we need stories about bridging differences and seeing the world from another perspective. 

We're teaming up with the Austin Public Library Foundation for a storytelling project called Common Ground

Over the coming weeks, we’re inviting you to craft personal stories of overcoming differences with others — whatever that might mean to you — at one of a series of creative writing workshops.

We'll pick some of the best ones to be broadcast on KUT this summer and fall.

There will be six workshops at library branches around Austin (we've added more due to demand):

  • Saturday, Feb. 8, noon-2 p.m. at the Twin Oaks Branch Library 
  • Monday, Feb. 10, 7-9 p.m. at the Windsor Park Branch Library
  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 6-8 p.m. at the Carver Branch Library
  • Sunday, March 8, 1-3 p.m. at the Central Library 
  • Monday, March 9, 6-8 p.m. at the Central Library 
  • Monday, March 30, 6-8 p.m. at the North Village Branch
  • Wednesday, April 15, 7-9 p.m. ONLINE via Zoom
  • Saturday, April 18, 7-9 p.m. ONLINE via Zoom (RSVP here)

The workshops are free and open to adults, but attendance is capped at 20 people per session.
If you want to get an idea of what one of these stories sounds like, check out our Library Love Stories series from 2019, which followed roughly the same process.

Matt Largey is the Projects Editor at KUT. That means doing a little bit of everything: editing reporters, producing podcasts, reporting, training, producing live events and always being on the lookout for things that make his ears perk up. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @mattlargey.
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