Zurich Storytellers is a meetup for people who want to learn (more) how to craft stories and an opportunity to practice telling them in a supportive friendly atmosphere. Begun by Joel Blom (https://joelblom.com/), professional Story Advisor, in Oct. 2017 as a labour of love, it's grown into a community of 1000+ members who meet regularly to compare share and be inspired by true stories told live. In 2019, Kristen Vermilyea (http://kristenvermilyea.weebly.com/), singer, actress, writer, producer and flat-out fun loving person, joined as co-host adding a new dimension of performance art to our collective.
Because stories matter. They shape the way we perceive our own causes and whether others will care about them. By giving purpose to our actions, the stories we tell ourselves (and others) are at the core of our success – or lack of it.
Our meetup's programme varies but generally time is divided between learning/sharing techniques of crafting story and discussing the stories members tell during our StorySlam - when names of those who want to tell a story are put in a hat and the lucky ones are drawn at random. Member stories can be prepared in advance or improvised on the spot.
Here are 10 expert tips for crafting a good story - from exciting beginning to emotionally satisfied ending:
Hook us. Make us care about you. Paint the scene. Clearly state your fears, desires, the dilemma. Make us invested in the outcome. Introduce the conflict. Make us worried for you. Impress us with observations that are uniquely yours. Pull us into the moment when it all goes down. Conclude as a different person: Victorious? Defeated? Bewildered? Enlightened? …CHANGED!
FORMAT (can vary month to month) 18:00 Exchange personal stories, a.k.a. networking 18:30 Group warm-up activities 19:00 Guest Storyteller 19:30 Grill the Guest Q&A 19:45 Drinks pause 20:00 Members' StorySlam* (voluntary participation) 21:00 Good byes * StorySlam modeled on "The Moth (https://themoth.org/share-your-story/at-a-live-event)" style of storytelling (+-5 min. narratives) ** attendees asked to "pay-what-it-was-worth" to help sustain this meetup