Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Are we there yet? Stories at the Storey is Right Around the Corner

It's just two days until this month's Stories at the Storey. Like a kid waiting to open a birthday present--or in my case, bursting to tell a secret (you'll have to be there to hear the story), I just can't wait! My impatience fits the theme: inner child.

For this month's theme my inner child and I are working together to craft story from memory and meaning from meanness (again, you'll have to be there). We have 8 readers lined up to tell their engaging, funny, sad, poignant, interesting, intriguing, playful stories with what I'm sure will be another warm crowd.

Real people sharing real stories; it's no wonder I just can't wait!

If you're in Lancaster this Thursday, I hope to see you there.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Stories at the Storey: Call for Story tellers for January Open Mic Night

It’s 2015 and this year is going to be brighter, bolder and bigger than 2014.

Why?

This year we’re making and keeping; making and breaking or making and talking about resolutions past, present or future.

We’ve already made our New Year’s Resolutions.

We want to hear yours. 

Stories at The Storey is a nonfiction open-mic storytelling experience and is looking for performers, students, community members, staff, visitors and anyone with a true story to share. 

We are interested in true, engaging stories told well.

Join us as we share stories about things we’ve resolved to change, to do, to let go: resolutions in life, love, careers, etc…

If you have an engaging story that loosely explores the theme “resolution” we would love to hear it.

Email: storiesatthestorey@gmail.com for more information or for a 3-5 minute slot.

Event brought to you by Yvonne and Naomi; sponsored by Grad College.

Event details
Date: January 22, 2015
Time: 7 PM-8 PM Open Mic
Location: The Storey (The Music Room)
Dress: Casual
Stories at The Storey: Real people; Real Stories.


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Stories at The Storey: Brief reflections on the first event

The first Stories at The Storey is behind us, the words have settled and I'm still smiling.

The evening was filled with true stories, an engaged audience, a selection of nibbles and a tour. Launching the Grad College PG Study Hub with the launch of Stories at The Storey has led to the creation of a rewarding ongoing relationship. I couldn't have asked for more.

There were engaging true stories about launching writing careers, research endeavors, creative collaborations, relationship-interventions, honesty manifestos and Black Friday survival tips. The five speakers shared stories without happy endings, about endings and some without endings at all.

The storytellers shared chapters of their lives that ideally left listeners wanting more.

Sponsored by Lancaster University's Grad College, Naomi and I are preparing for the next Stories at The Storey in January. The theme is Resolutions. We will be looking for five storytellers to share loose interpretations of your true stories about resolutions past, present or future.

Stories at the Stories: Real people, Real stories.

What other people are saying about Stories at the Storey:
Lancaster University
Lancaster Guardian
Lancaster University's Scan

We hope to see you at the next Stories at the Storey.

Happy New Year!


Friday, November 21, 2014

Stories at The Storey: What is a True Story Open Mic Night?

Real people. Real life. Real stories.

It's that simple. 

Everyone has a story. No matter what defines us or how we define ourselves, real life happens to all of us. 

Have you accomplished something amazing? Taught yourself a skill? 

Whether the answer is yes or no, you have a story to share.

Have you learned something about yourself that you don't like? Let yourself or someone else down? Ended up miles from where you thought you would be? 

Regardless of where you are or where you thought you would be, you have a story.

And for one night, you have an audience.

Sharing your true story is therapeutic. It can help you move through something, towards something else or remind you that you are where you want to be doing what you want to do.

Who are we looking for? Everyday people.

What's in it for you? A captive audience (at least for 3 to 5 minutes).

What's in it for us? The Story. We realize not all stories have happy endings and not every story has closure. Whether your story covers a chapter in your life; a day, an event, an experience and leaves us there wondering what happened. It's your story. 

Tell it.