After talking with some members about how much we enjoy The Moth Story Hour (seeing it live and listening on NPR), StoryCorps and other storytelling events and shows, it seems like there's interest in our own "Mini Moth" Storytelling event.
I think everyone has at least one really powerful, profound, hilarious or thought-provoking story in them and I think "our people" are often great storytellers. Perhaps it comes from our ancestors hunkering down during the harsh winters and perfecting the art of storytelling...or our own colorful experiences that we "lived to tell about". (Like putting the car in the ditch in 3 feet of snow in the middle of the night as a teenager and getting creative b/c we knew we would *really* be in trouble if we even thought about calling our parents!) We all have great stories, so shall we get together and share them?
Stories should be limited to about 10 minutes...no theme, just something you think others would enjoy hearing. Stories can be funny, sad, scary, profound, et al. The stories would have to be true, something you experienced and can be read if you need a "cheat sheet". And, no, you won't need to talk into a microphone and don't need to stand up to share the story; you can stay seated so we don't see your knees shaking. ;0) Do practice your story a few times before the event, however, so you can present it well. The goal of the event is great storytelling in the spirit of The Moth.
If you'd like to share a story, please list the topic in the comments section, in just one word. This way I'll know how many storytellers to expect and hopefully your one-word enticement will spark an idea in others for a story to share or prompt "spectators only" to sign up. If time permits, you can share more than one story. You do not need to tell a story to attend, but I don't want to be the only one telling a story! ;0)
We'll meet at The Barrel Thief in Fremont. It's a schwanky, little gem with an amazing selection of wine, whiskey, craft cocktails, as well as pizzas and small-plate food offerings. The owner, Christopher - a fellow Midwesterner who also lived on the Eastcoast for a time - is accommodating our group with extended happy hour pricing. We'll have a private, little section to the left of the door so don't worry, the whole bar will not be hearing your story, just our small group.
Hope to see you there!