Reno hosts this very cool month-long celebration of arts and culture called Artown that, between being knocked up and having a toddler, I hadn’t participated in yet this year. However, I was browsing the listings and was very excited to see that there was a free event at my favorite bookstore, Grassroots Books, called Storytelling as an Art Form this past Saturday. Since it said it was suitable for all ages, I packed Nora up and took her along. The event description claimed that it would teach the art of truth stretching, fact polishing and sensationalism all in the name of a good story. Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to the description. The girl was very sweet and her own stories were entertaining, but she only skimmed the surface of storytelling by talking very generally about what types of subjects may be interesting, as well as how you could start and end a story. Still, it was nice to be around other writers as my writing group seems to be on hiatus, and I always find a ton of inspiration just by visiting a bookstore, so overall, a nice literary little Saturday!