Workshop Presenter

Margot Leitman is a storyteller, comedian, writer and teacher originally from Matawan, New Jersey.

She is the author of “Long Story Short- the Only Storytelling Guide You’ll Ever Need” from Sasquatch Books/Random House and the comedic memoir “Gawky…Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase” from Seal Press/ Perseus Books.

For television, she has written for NBC, the Hallmark Channel and the PixL Network. In print her writing has appeared in Playgirl Magazine, the NY Press and websites such as, and

Margot is a five-time winner of The Moth StorySLAM, and was the Moth GrandSLAM winner in New York City achieving the series’ first ever score of a perfect 10. She is the co-host of the long running, nationally touring “Stripped Stories,” and also hosts the new storytelling show “Origin Story” at UCB, Los Angeles. Her stories have been featured on NPR on “The Moth Podcast,” “Good Food” and “Unfictional,” and she’s a frequent contributor to the popular podcast “RISK!”

A proud graduate of the Ithaca College Theatre Department, Leitman is an amateur baker, two time game show winner and avid practicer of Kundalini Yoga. Margot currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and embarrassingly small dog.