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In Your Own Words: Open Mic at SHU

Calling all storytellers, writers, poets, and musicians! All are welcome to share stories (fiction or nonfiction), poems, scripts, or songs in this open mic event. The night is a celebration of spoken word. Pieces might be serious, funny, thoughtful, sad, it’s up to you. There is no theme. So pieces might explore themes of family, love, death, home, travel, memories, and more. All we ask is that you tell the story (poem, song) in your own words. Please note, you may choose to read your writing from paper or a device, use notes, or tell it straight (without notes), it’s up to you. When: Wednesday, 20 November 6 PM-7:30 PM Where: Sheffield Hallam University, Campus Building, 11th Floor Owen Building Brought to you by the MA Creative Writing Masterclass Series To sign up for a 3-5 minute open mic slot, please email Yvonne at y.battle-felton@shu.ac.uk by Tuesday 19/11/19

Call for True Stories for November Stories at the Storey

Calling all writers, storytellers, and anyone with a well-told storyThey can motivate, inspire, haunt, soothe, move, and change us. Through dreams we can be anywhere, anyone, or anything. This month’s Stories at the Storey true story open mic night theme is “dreams” loosely interpreted. We’re looking for stories about dreams you have or have had, dreams you are pursuing or have left behind, and everything in between. To share your 3-5 minute true story email storiesatthestorey@gmail.com. What are you dreaming of? Remember, you don’t have to be a writer to share your story. We are looking for anyone with a true story to share.
To sign up for a 3-5 minute open mic slot, please email storiesatstorey@gmail.com, or message/tweet/morse code us.
When: Thursday, 28 November 7-8PMWhere: Printroom Café and Bar, The Storey, LancasterWhether you have a story to share or just want to listen, there's always room for one more.

Storytelling Under the Moon and In the Priory

I love the fall weather almost as much as I love stories and storytelling. I'm proud to be hosting a storytelling event in collaboration with Lancaster Words and The Priory.

The event includes a workshop, writing time, and a storytelling event.

During the one-hour workshop (5-6 PM), we'll be writing about setting and characters inspired by our time in the Priory. Then, armed with some techniques, prompts, and inspiration, you'll write for an hour (6-7). You may even choose to write underneath the Moon (exhibit). From 7-8 we'll share our stories at the open mic/storytelling event. You can share the story you write for the event or bring along one to share. You can also choose to participate in the open mic without attending the workshop (or attend the workshop without reading at the open mic). I'm hoping that like me, you'll do both.

I'm happy to review the piece you're considering reading and to give you some of my tips of reading work in front of audi…

About Me: More than you Wanted to Know

I'm an American writer living in the UK. A writer of fiction and Creative Nonfiction, my writing has been published in literary journals and anthologies. My debut novel, Remembered, (Dialogue Books) was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (2019) and will be published in the US in 2020 (Blackstone Publishing).
Winner of a Northern Writers Award in fiction (2017), I was shortlisted for the Words and Women Competition (2017) and the Sunderland University Waterstones SunStory Award in 2018, and awarded a Society of Author’s Foundation Grant for Remembered in 2018. I was commended for children’s writing in the Faber Andlyn BAME (FAB) Prize (2017).I have six non-fiction children’s titles forthcoming with Penguin Random House. The first three are included in Ladybird Tales of Superheroes (Sept. 2019).
I am represented by the Elise Dillsworth agency and hold an MA in Writing (Dual Concentration fiction and nonfiction) from Johns Hopkins University and a Creative Writing PhD from L…

Stories at the Storey: Call for True Stories

Secrets: Just About the Only Thing You Can Take to the GraveTrick or Treat! What better way to celebrate Halloween than a night of true or false stories with good friends and a few secrets shared between us?
Join us for a night of true and false stories as we share stories loosely exploring the theme “secrets.”
To sign up for a 3-5 minute open mic slot, please email storiesatstorey@gmail.com, or message/tweet/morse code us.
When: Thursday, October 31 7-8PM Where: Printroom Café and Bar, The Storey, Lancaster
Whether you have a story to share or just want to listen, there's always room for one more. As always, if you'd like feedback on your story before you share it, get in touch. We're happy to provide brief feedback. We're also happy to share tips on reading your work in front of an audience.
If you have a piece you would like someone to read for you, let us know. One of us is usually available to read. There are lots of ways to get involved, whether you want to read or p…

Introducing: Stories at the Storey Podcast

Celebrating my Birthday with Stories, again You may remember that last year I celebrated my birthday by recording a month of stories.  Many of the pieces were true stories written for Stories at the Storey, our monthly true-story open mic night. Some of the pieces were fiction, others were something in between.
Although I found it challenging to record, edit, and upload a story each day, this year I decided to sort of do it again. This year, I celebrated my birthday by launching a Stories at the Storey podcast. The stories included in this podcast were commissioned especially for the launch.  We would like to create a monthly podcast where real people share real stories loosely exploring a theme. I love being told a story, a podcast was a great way to celebrate. I also really enjoy learning things, I'm learning Audacity so that I can edit audio.
I'm sharing my birthday present with you. So, sit back and listen in. I hope you enjoy the stories as much as I do. If you'd lik…

Call for True Stories: Change and Closure

Seasons, people, minds, places, time, climate. What do all of these things have in common? Change. Change might be good, bad, somewhere in between or merely just change. At this month’s Stories at the Storey, we want to hear your true stories loosely interpreting the theme “change.”
For a change to our usual one-theme format, we have two themes for July. They say time heals all wounds. When things end, we often find ourselves searching for reasons, waiting for apologies, unable to move on, move past it, move. It seems we need closure to move from one phase to another. We want to hear your true stories loosely interpreting the theme “closure.”
Have a true story to share? Email (storiesatthestorey@gmail.com) to sign up for your 3-5-minute (2-4 pages A4) open-mic slot. Remember, you don’t have to be a writer to share your story. We are looking for anyone with a true story to share.
Not sure you're ready to read your true story? That’s fine too. Come by and listen. If you would like to s…

Call for True Stories (June): Help

Call for Writers, Readers, Storytellers, Yarn Spinners, Friends, Neighbors, and anyone with a good story to tellAt one time or another, we have all needed, received, given, wished for, prayed for, declined and/or accepted help. Regardless of your relationship to it, sometimes the hardest thing to do is to ask for it. Whether you need or have needed, offered, given, rejected, or accepted help (loosely interpreted) we would love to hear your story.
Stories might be about asking for, seeking, needing, giving help or anything in between. The theme is open to your interpretation.
Have a true story to share? Email (storiesatthestorey@gmail.com) to sign up for your 3-5-minute (2-4 pages A4) open-mic slot. Remember, you don’t have to be a writer to share your story. We are looking for anyone with a true story to share.
Not sure you're ready to read your true story? That’s fine too. Come by and listen. If you would like to share a story but want us to offer some feedback, get in touch. We ca…

Backstory: Reflections on this Month's Theme for Stories at the Storey

Meeting deadlines is as soothing to me as a creamy cup of flavoured coffee. Checking a project off of my mental to-do list settles me. Maybe it’s the rewards; the gifts I give myself of more time, kind words, a new pen, or other special treat that makes an upcoming deadline feel a bit like Christmas.
I love Christmas.
Maybe it’s just how my mind works. Deadlines mean I’m working towards a goal. Meeting them brings me one project, book, word, paper, or person closer to that goal. I don’t get particularly excited by finishing a project before the deadline. Like a regular cup of coffee, beating a deadline does nothing for my mood.
The rush I feel from meeting a deadline gives me something I need each and every time. The theme for March’s Stories at the Storey was deadlines. When I started writing my creative nonfiction essay, I knew I was going to write about my passion for deadlines. Mentally I crafted sentences with dizzying lines to convey the sheer slivers of joy.
I could hear the words,…

Catching Up: Notes on The Train or About Me

It’s been a long time since I’ve written something for my blog. I’ve been so busy living life that I didn’t take time to write about living life. Writing keeps me centered. It’s something I do because I want to do it just as much as I need to do it. So much of my time lately is spent in between places. If there were frequent rider miles on the train, I would be saving them for a summer holiday, a good book, or a creamy cup of coffee with French Vanilla creamer.
To avoid the temptation of working on the train and then working when I get to work, I’m going to write on the train. Isn’t writing work? Yes.
Since my last post, I’ve started as Lecturer in Creative Writing and Creative Industries at Sheffield Hallam University, Remembered is out in the world (UK and worldwide except the US and Canada-- date forthcoming), Remembered has made the long list for the prestigious Women’s Prize in Fiction, I’ve received some exciting news about a fellowship to research my second novel, and my friend…

Call for True Stories (Paid) for Podcast

Stories at the Storey is proud to announce the beginning of a new adventure! We are calling on writers from all across the community to submit their true stories to us for the exciting opportunity to be featured in the pilot episode of our new podcast. We are looking to establish the same intimacy, warmth and passion present in any good storytelling that comes from the heart. Submissions can be on any theme; the only conditions are that they must be your story to tell and they must be creative non-fiction. For further guidance on what creative non-fiction might look like, The New Yorker, Brevity, The Real Story, and Creative Nonfiction have good examples.
Submissions should be approximately 750 words (3-5 sides of A4) so that if your work is selected, it can be read aloud in a five-minute time slot. Please specify with your submission whether you would be happy to read your story should you be selected, or if you would prefer one of our team to read it for you. It would also be a grea…