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Storytellers Project launches 2021 season

  • January 26, 2021

Fascinating authors. Insightful entrepreneurs. Inspiring artists, musicians and performers. 

And everyday Americans. 

All these people will talk about the moments that changed their lives forever. They will tell stories that sound too funny, too wild, too surprising to be true. 

And you’re invited to join them. As a listener, or as a storyteller. 

The Storytellers Project showcased stories by astronauts and Translational Research Institute for Space Health experts on the importance of social connectedness.

Registration is now open for USA TODAY Storytellers Project 2021 season, bringing America more than 43 nights of true, first-person stories on themes including growing up, outdoor adventures and race and identity. 

Organizers are also seeking story pitches at

Shows will air online at, as well on Storytellers Project’s YouTube channel and Storytellers Project’s Facebook page

New for 2021, Storytellers Project will feature more famous voices, notable celebrities and timely voices. As always, the project is dedicated to creating empathy and understanding across America. 

WATCH: Episodes from the Storytellers Project

This is a look at the schedule

Starting in March, almost two dozen online shows will be curated and hosted by journalists from USA TODAY Network newsrooms and will reflect the people and their stories from each geographical area. Each region will tackle the theme in a way relevant to the people in those areas. 

  • “Growing Up” is the regional theme for shows streaming March 4-April 8; 
  • “My Family, My Culture” June 3-July 8; 
  • “Home” Sept. 2-Oct. 7; and 
  • “Traditions” Nov. 2-Dec. 16. 

Fifteen shows with a national scope, many featuring authors, artists and notable leaders, will run through Dec. 14.

The “I Am” series about race and identity debuts on March 2 with “I am Black,” followed by “I am Indigenous” March 30, “I am Hispanic” May 25, “I am Asian” Aug. 31 and “I am Middle Eastern” Oct. 5.

For those watching live on the Storytellers Project’s website, there are three ways to offer financial support, from $3 Conscientious Supporter tickets for each show to an annual membership of $35 or $100 that includes membership perks, merchandise and access to members-only conversations with the national Storytellers Project team and leaders in the storytelling community. General admission is free. To attend these nights, get your tickets at and watch at

The Storytellers Project serves as a way for USA TODAY Network newsrooms to connect with their communities through their journalism, as reporters and editors coach people in bringing their truths to virtual audiences.

The nights blend the authenticity of storytelling as an art form with the truthfulness, community-building and empowerment that great journalism is grounded in.

Anyone interested in telling a story should visit and fill out an application and story pitch form. Choose either one of the 25 cities making up the Storytellers Project’s geographic regions or select “virtual” for an opportunity to work with the national team if your hometown is not listed. 

For more information about the Storytellers Project, visit

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