Autobiographical storytelling is a broad genre within storytelling. The genre encompasses many forms of storytelling such as the stories that we tell on a daily basis, oral history projects, digital storytelling projects, live storytelling in which the performer narrates a story from their own life, and many more. I found two video clips that demonstrate some of these examples of autobiographical storytelling. It is a particularly powerful genre because it can be used to achieve many ends, like recording an eye-witness account of history, it can be used as a pedagogical tool or for social justice, or as part of a healing process. While there are many types of autobiographical storytelling, for the most part they share a common goal, which is to tell the story that you need to tell.
The first clip is from The Moth, a live storytelling organization in New York City.
This second clip was made right around the corner from Hampshire, at the Yiddish Book Center’s Oral History Project.