Friday, November 17, 2017

Call for True Stories on the theme Empty Nest

November's Stories at the Stories theme is "empty nest"

We're looking for true stories about kids, parents, and partners leaving home. Stories that explore growing up, moving on, and being left behind. We're collecting, hoarding, and acquiring stories of freedom, loneliness, and growth and considering how life and roles change when everyone else is gone.

There are other stories, happy ones, and we want those too.

If you have a true story to share that loosely interprets the theme "empty nest" we would love to hear it either in person, audio, or typed.

November's Stories at the Store is November 30th in the Print Room at the Storey, Lancaster. To sign up for a 3-5 minute open mic slot, email us , leave a comment here, find us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

To have your true story included in our upcoming podcast or on our website, get in touch. You do not have to be a writer to share your story. This is a wide call for anyone with a true story to share. Everyone has a story, we're interested in yours.

Remember, the theme loosely explores the theme empty nest.
Who are you when you're the only one left?

Sunday, October 8, 2017

October Call for True Stories: Stories at the Storey

There are still a few slots available for to share your story at October's Stories at the Storey.

October's theme is "alternate paths/choices" (loosely interpreted). We are looking for stories about the choices we make and that are made for us; the paths we take, the what if's and maybes, the if onlys and what could have beens.

Your choices led you to where you are today, where else can they take you?

We're already looking forward to it!

Want to read a 3-5 minute (2-4 typed pages of A4) true story?

Get in touch!

When is it? The next Stories at the Storey is Thursday, October 26

Where is it? Stories at the Storey is at Print Room Cafe in The Storey.

What are we looking for? Stories at the Storey is a true story open mic night. The stories we are looking for are creative nonfiction, lifewriting, well-crafted true stories.

What is Creative Nonfiction? Creative nonfiction draws on storytelling techniques to create stories that engage readers. Create a scene for us; describe the setting, landscape (emotional, geographical, otherwise), bring your characters to life. For an example of Creative Nonfiction, read Truman Capote's In Cold Blood or Creative Nonfiction magazine.

Tips:
The most engaging stories are practiced. Whether you memorize your story, read it from a screen, or read it from a notebook, practice reading your story out loud.

Remember you have 3-5 minutes; that's about 2-4 sheets of A4. Your story will be concise. It doesn't have to connect all of the dots for us.

Engage us, invite us in to your world.

Relax: we want to hear your story as much as you want to share it.

So sign up for your slot and get writing!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Dear Diary, a Week in Words

Dear Diary, 

A few months ago, I completed my Creative Writing PhD. During my PhD I researched and applied for jobs. When I graduated, I researched and applied for jobs. Post-PhD doesn’t look quite how I planned. In some ways it’s better, in others it’s not.

The Good News
I’m launching a literary arts organization. During my degree my friend Naomi and I created live literature events where we built communities around stories. Stories at the Storey is a true story open mic night where people share their true stories around a theme. Each month people share pieces of their lives and it’s pretty close to magical. We also created North West Literary Salon, a monthly event where writers read to us. The readings are followed by music, questions, food and really good conversations. Then, because we needed even more stories, we created a writers’ development tool where actors bring new writing to life. Now, with Naomi’s help and with a growing board of influencers, I am launching an arts organization. I want to provide platforms for diversity. I want to champion stories from all corners of the world, ethnicities, religions, classes and experience. Mostly, I want to hear well-told stories.

Today, we are launching a Patreon fundraising campaign. I’ll admit I am late to the idea of receiving though not to the process of giving. I donate time and money to causes I believe in. I’m just not used to asking for support in return. But if I can ask the Arts Council for money, I should be able to ask my supporters as well. So, we’re giving it a try. If you can contribute to our fundraising, please do. We have lots of rewards planned.

Writing News
The last few weeks have been a writing whirlwind. I won a Northern Writers’ Award for fiction (2017) to continue work on my historically influenced novel Remembered. The ceremony was lovely. It was a great opportunity to meet amazing writers and hear a bit about their work. I was also commended for the Faber Andlyn BAME (FAB) Prize (2017).  For this prize I submitted, So Your Mom is a Superhero, a short story that I plan to craft into a graphic novel. I wasn’t able to make it to the award ceremony. I hope to make it to the next one.

In other writing news, I will be working with The Elise Dillsworth Agency. In Elise I have found the supportive writer/agent relationship that I hoped to find. She is enthusiastic, supportive, and proactive. I’m looking forward to a rewarding experience for both of us.

So What’s Next?
Well, I’m still writing. This weekend I finished and submitted a short story and wrote two scenes of two separate dramas I would like to see performed. I will be editing my novel this week. I will also be looking for collaborations and writing opportunities, writing funding applications, and creating and pursuing dreams. Have an opportunity to share? Let me know.


I’m looking forward to a great week!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Lancaster Words Call for Writers, Poets, Musicians



Emerging writer, seasoned performer? No matter who or where you are, there are still slots available for Lancaster Words’ Live Lit event. Whether you’re writing poetry, prose, or lyrics, we want to hear it. This is your invitation to come out and share your work with an enthusiastic audience.

Theme: Open
Who: Writers and performers of all skill levels (emerging, experienced, published, etc…)
Date: July 7
Time: 9:30 PM -10:30 PM
Place: The Storey, Auditorium

For more information and to sign up please contact Yvonne y.battle-felton@lancaster.ac.uk
Share your poetry, short fiction, personal essay, or song at Lancaster Words’ Live Lit event.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Your invitation to May's Stories at the Storey

As Stories at the Storey celebrates another month of awesome stories, we are looking to the future, mainly ours to reflect: how are we making the world a better place? When we’re gone, how will we be remembered?
This month's theme is legacy (loosely interpreted). Join us as 3-5 storytellers share true stories of memories, regrets, bucket lists, choices, and anything (and everything) in between.
What is Stories at the Storey?
Stories at the Storey is a true story open mic night where people share true stories loosely interpreting the month's theme. The environment is warm and welcoming.
Who is it for?
All are welcome. We recommend 18+.
How much does it cost?
Stories at the Storey is free.
What should I wear?
Dress is casual.
Can I share my true story?
Email us at storiesatthestorey@gmail.com to sign up for a 3-5 minute slot. Feel free to bring your story (typed, written, drawn) or have an outline (mental, physical) of what you want to say. The more comfortable you are telling it, the more comfortable the audience will be. We recommend practicing your piece a few times (out loud) before delivering it. Relax, have fun. We want to hear your story even more than you want to tell it. 
Any thing else? email us at storiesatthestorey@gmail.com
Free light refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by Grad College, Stories at the Storey is a BBC Get Creative Champion and a BBC Get Creative Event.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Call for True Stories: May Stories at the Storey

No matter how you live, one thing is certain: one day it will come to an end. Hope, money, destruction: What will you leave behind?
As Stories at the Storey celebrates another month of awesome stories, we are looking to the future, mainly ours, to reflect: how are we making the world a better place? When we’re gone, how will we be remembered?
For true stories of memories, regrets, bucket lists, choices and anything (and everything) in between, this month’s theme is legacy.
Do you have a 3-5 minute true story to share on the theme “legacy” (loosely interpreted)? If so, we would love to hear it. Sign up for your 3-5 minute slot for May's Stories at the Storey: May 25, 7-8 PM at The Storey in Lancaster.
You can’t take it with you, the least you can do is talk about it now.

Call for True Stories on the theme Empty Nest

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