What we're about

StorySlam Oakland is a live, true storytelling show on a theme. We do two shows a month: StorySlam and Spontaneous Storytelling.

Theme changes every month. At the beginning of the event, everyone is invited to play our unique and fun icebreaker game which will get you talking and mingling with everyone there. Or just come for the show - the game is optional.

How the Show Works:

After the icebreaker game, we start the storytelling. Put your name in the hat for a chance to tell a true, personal story of your own on the theme(s).

If you played the icebreaker, you'll already be warmed up to speak.

If you get chosen, you will have up to 5 minutes to tell your story. Stories MUST be true, about YOU (not mainly about someone else, etc.) and told in 5 minutes or less.

You win a drink ticket just for getting up there!

No notes or reading allowed. You will hear a bell at 5 minutes, indicating it's time to end your story. There is time for 7 to 10 open-mic storytellers.

We may also present one or two Featured Storytellers who will entertain us with longer stories on the theme.

At StorySlam, the audience gets to vote on their favorite story. The winner gets bragging rights and the option to return as a Featured Storyteller at a later date. At Spontaneous Storytelling, there's no voting.

Sign up on the mailing list at www.StorySlamOakland.com to receive notices about upcoming shows and themes. No more than 1 or 2 emails per month, no spam ever!

Upcoming events (5+)

Tell a true story, win a free drink! Spontaneous Storytelling

Still Free! Still the best place to meet creative, outgoing folks in Oakland! Come to tell a story, or just listen and laugh. I've designed this event to make it easy to meet other Meetupers. It's a true storytelling open-mic show with an icebreaker game at the beginning. Anybody can put their name in the hat for a chance to tell their true story -- and win a free drink! ***this Meetup has been cross-posted with other Meetups and event calendars, so there will be a crowd!*** How It Works: There's an optional icebreaker game for the first half, to ease you into talking and mingling with the other people here. After about 35 min, it's time for the open-mic portion: telling true stories from your life. I get everyone to throw out some theme ideas first. We use the theme ideas as inspiration. Put your name in the hat if you have a story to tell. Strict time limit of 5 MINUTES (or less). It's called Spontaneous Storytelling because you can be inspired to spontaneously tell a story. Or just hang out and listen. Storytelling is optional. Win a free drink ticket JUST for telling a story! (It doesn't even have to be a "good" story!! haha) It's a win-win situation, my friends. And, it's free! Tell your friends, bring a girlfriend or a wingman, and come on down to Spontaneous Storytelling from 6:30 - 8:30 PM on the 1st Saturday of the month. We love Layover and they've been hosting us here for a couple of years. In order to support our bar sponsor, there is a one-drink minimum. It does not have to be an alcoholic drink. (But you get in free.) Bring ID showing you are at least 21. This is mandatory, because it's a bar, even if you don't drink alcohol, sorry. Them's the rules. See you on the First Saturday! -Julie and the StorySlam Oakland crew

San Francisco edition of Spontaneous Storytelling

Ticket link: https://bpt.me/4112000 Our first show was so much fun, we're doing it again! In San Francisco at Slate Bar in the Mission. Get in for just $5 (HALF PRICE!) if you register online with the discount code, "Meetuperz412" at https://bpt.me/4112000 Meetupers are special, because they make this event warm and friendly. Because of that, I love you and want you to come, so I'm giving you a secret discount code, Meetuperz412 that you can use for half-price tickets. (It's normally $10 at the door.) Just go to Brownpapertickets to reserve your $5 ticket. Where it asks for a "discount code," put in Meetuperz412. What is Spontaneous Storytelling? • It's a unique combination open-mic storytelling night and Meetup • It's called "Spontaneous" because we all decide the themes together right before we tell stories on them! • It's for storytellers and listeners alike (getting on stage is optional) • It's a great place to meet outgoing, fun people in REAL LIFE (not online!) How it works: When you enter the bar, get a Game Card and grab a pen. The object of the game is to talk to different people, giving you the excuse to talk to anyone and everyone. Make new friends, get your flirt on, come up with story ideas, and loosen up. Themes After about a half hour, a volunteer will collect the game cards. Then the host will ask the audience for theme ideas. Shout 'em out! We'll write the best ones on the board. Storytelling & Free Drinks Next, it's time for telling true, personal stories. You've already met most of the people there, so it's easy! Telling a story is optional. You can always come just to listen. Put your name in the hat for a chance to get on stage. If you get called, you can tell any story on one of the themes. Or on your own theme -- as long as it's TRUE, about YOU (not your grandma), and 5 minutes or less. You could win a free drink just for telling a story -- and it doesn't even have to be a good story. We have 4 free drinks to give away in San Francisco, 2 for the first two storytellers, and 2 more for randomly selected storytellers. Bring • Your favorite pen - if you forget, we'll have some • Your ID - you must be 21 or older to attend • For the SF edition, make sure you register online for discounted entry using the secret code, Meetuperz412. Otherwise it's $10 at the door. • No tickets necessary for the Oakland edition (check this Meetup Group page for other dates & times) Ticket link: https://bpt.me/4112000 -- yer everlovin' host, Julie

Tales on Tap in Jack London Square

Tiger's Taproom

Tales on Tap is a new event for craft beer lovers. Come to drink craft beer, tell a story, meet new people, or just listen and laugh. Our goal is to make people feel comfortable sharing a bit about themselves, and create new connections in the Jack London Square community. Tell a true story, win a free beer! How it works: When you come in, you’ll be handed a Game Card, and the object is simply to meet people and have fun. This is also how we warm up for storytelling. After about a half hour of mingling with the Game Cards, it’s time for true stories. As a group we’ll all brainstorm ideas for the topics to give you some ideas. Even if you don’t think you have a story to tell, you’ll probably be inspired by the other people there. Storytelling is, of course, completely optional. Put your name in the hat for a chance to tell a true story from your life. If picked, you’ll get about 5 minutes to tell it. And, you’ll win a free beer from our hosts at Tiger’s Taproom. Special thanks to Tiger’s Taproom for sponsoring this event. This event is FREE, but bring a few bucks for drinks. Non-alcoholic drinks, and cider, will be available.

Tell a true story, win a free drink! Spontaneous Storytelling

Still Free! Still the best place to meet creative, outgoing folks in Oakland! Come to tell a story, or just listen and laugh. I've designed this event to make it easy to meet other Meetupers. It's a true storytelling open-mic show with an icebreaker game at the beginning. Anybody can put their name in the hat for a chance to tell their true story -- and win a free drink! ***this Meetup has been cross-posted with other Meetups and event calendars, so there will be a crowd!*** How It Works: There's an optional icebreaker game for the first half, to ease you into talking and mingling with the other people here. After about 35 min, it's time for the open-mic portion: telling true stories from your life. I get everyone to throw out some theme ideas first. We use the theme ideas as inspiration. Put your name in the hat if you have a story to tell. Strict time limit of 5 MINUTES (or less). It's called Spontaneous Storytelling because you can be inspired to spontaneously tell a story. Or just hang out and listen. Storytelling is optional. Win a free drink ticket JUST for telling a story! (It doesn't even have to be a "good" story!! haha) It's a win-win situation, my friends. And, it's free! Tell your friends, bring a girlfriend or a wingman, and come on down to Spontaneous Storytelling from 6:30 - 8:30 PM on the 1st Saturday of the month. We love Layover and they've been hosting us here for a couple of years. In order to support our bar sponsor, there is a one-drink minimum. It does not have to be an alcoholic drink. (But you get in free.) Bring ID showing you are at least 21. This is mandatory, because it's a bar, even if you don't drink alcohol, sorry. Them's the rules. See you on the First Saturday! -Julie and the StorySlam Oakland crew

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