North Seattle Storytelling

North Seattle Storytelling Meetup
North Seattle Storytelling Meetup
Public group

Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono

8310 Greenwood Avenue North · Seattle, WA

How to find us

Storytelling takes place in the back of the store, by the cafe.

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North Seattle Storytelling is an open-mic event for telling true, personal stories on stage. The event takes place the second Thursday of the month from 7:00-8:30, last fifteen minutes for socializing.

The theme for January's event will be wanderlust. What do you dream about in this dark time of the year? Where has your wanderlust taken you in the past? Was it a physical journey or emotional or both? Whether it be via an airplane or merely in our minds, we want to hear your tales of wanderlust. Remember to keep it appropriate for all audiences.

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Each month we choose a different theme and the stories should in some way reflect the theme. We will keep the show to 75 minutes, so each story should be 8 minutes or less. In order to let everyone have a chance to share, I will need you to adhere to the timeline otherwise ask you to step down before your story is over.

Storytelling Guidelines:

1. Story must be true and have happened to you. Also, the story should mean something to you. We’re looking for stories that tell us something about yourself. Not every story has a moral but there should be something in there that tells us why the story is important to you and maybe how its shaped your life or your beliefs about something. It doesn’t have to be serious. Funny stories can be just as meaningful as sad ones.

2. Keep it under 8 minutes.

3. No notes onstage. Trust me, it’s always better to tell the story naturally. Practice in your living room, the car, the bathroom, wherever. Tell it to friends and family, or that guy on the bus. Whatever it takes to remember it.

4. Know your last line first. The last line should be something that wraps everything up and gives the story meaning.

5. Sharing is more important than performing. Don’t worry about turning your story into a performance. Tell the story as if you were in the living room with friends. Great stories come from a place of humility and vulnerability.

6. Keep your story clean. We are in a public place so no stories about sex or genitals, and no cursing or sexual innuendo.

7. No speeches, political viewpoints or social commentary-masquerading-as-a-story. Beliefs separate people and stories bring us together. Even if I and everyone else in the room agree with your worldview, this isn’t the place for telling us about it.

8. Stay on the stage. Please don’t leave the stage area and walk through the audience.

9. Don’t plug your own show, website, blog while you’re onstage. If people like your story they’ll talk to you afterward and that’s when you can give them that information.

10. Practice, practice, practice and then get there early to put your name in the hat for readers and relax and enjoy yourself.

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