Storytelling Event That Celebrates Childhood Awkwardness Finds Home In Colorado

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Denzer DiMatteo speaks at the debut event of Mortified Colorado on Nov. 4, 2016.

Pouring your heart out in a love letter intended for a high school crush. Old journal or diary entries full of secrets, fears and disdain for that time your parents grounded you from the Internet. Maybe you didn't laugh about the ups and downs of adolescence when you were documenting them. But they make great comedic fodder in Mortified, an international storytelling event that asks people to dig up the "strange stuff" they made as kids and share it with strangers.

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Mortified Colorado producer David Blatt.

David Blatt produces the series in Colorado. He spoke with Colorado Matters host Andrea Dukakis.

Like storytelling events? Here's more to check out in the metro:

  • The Narrators is every third Wednesday at Buntport Theater in Denver. February's theme is "Red Handed." The Narrators also collaborated with CPR's Arts Bureau in 2014 on a series called "Second Listen."
  • Raconteur Denver features three storytellers then invites audience members to share their two-minute stories.
  • During Making the Mountain at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, artists share their creative process.
  • The Denver chapter of "The Moth" explores a different theme each month.
  • Denver Storytellers Project and Syntax Physic Opera debuted "Storycraft" last month, looking at what makes a good story.
  • Warm Cookies of the Revolution, self-described as a "civic health club," brings back its series "The Reconstructionists," which features female speakers and scrapbooking.
  • There's also "Truth Be Told," a bi-monthly "story slam" in Boulder.
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The audience cracks up during the debut performance of Mortified Colorado at Denver's Oriental Theater on Nov. 4, 2016.