$5 suggested donation, open to public.
How does it work? Storytellers (you, your friends and anyone else with a story to tell) put their names in a hat. Names are picked, and one by one, storytellers take the stage and tell us their best story in five minutes. We choose a few judges from the audience who score every story to select The Howl Story Slam winners of the night. The first place winner will get an automatic invitation to the Grand Slam at the end of the year.
What else? All stories have to be true and come from personal experience. No notes. Do you need to be a professional storyteller? Heck no! Just tell it from the heart!
The The Howl Story Slam is brought to you by North Country Public Radio and the Adirondack Center for Writing, a partnership brought about by a love and support of all stories and storytellers in the Adirondack North Country.
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– True stories, told without notes. This includes scribbles on the back of your hands, our judges have great eyesight.
– Your audience is brilliant and easily distracted, jump right into the action of your story.
– Practice your story as much as possible, on the toilet, during your morning commute, in line for coffee. By the time you arrive at the The Howl Story Slam, you’ll be cool as a cucumber.
– Leave the rants and stand-up routines at home. Bits and pieces of each are welcome, but use humor and rants sparingly!
– Show up and put your name in the hat. When your name is called, you’ve got five minutes to tell your tale!
– Storytellers will be judged on the stories relevance to the night’s theme, a story with a conflict and resolution, and staying in the time limit.
Howl GRAND Story Slam. The greatest story showdown between regional winners throughout the year. Selected by peers from the audience at each Howl Story Slam throughout the year, first place winners are invited to compete in an epic story showdown to celebrate another year of stories.
Season 4. Ten storytellers came prepared with stories of being a “Fish out of water” at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake on December 1. For a loud and proud sold-out audience of 170 people, Noel Carmichael won the evening with a story about finding her way in love and life while existing cross-culturally between Tanzania and the United States.
Season 3. Eight storytellers joined us to tell tales of “The Holidays” at the Grand Slam at Pickens Hall in Heuvelton, NY on November 4. A huge audience convened to see Deidre Loftus take the title with a story about the gift of recognition from her father, and a Christmas tradition that allowed her to become the person she is today.
Season 2. Fourteen storytellers and regional winners were invited to tell stories of “Skeletons in My Closet” at the Howl Grand Story SLAM. Pendragon Theatre hosted the second Grand SLAM on June 3, welcoming an audience of over 165. Steve Baratta of Glens Falls won a narrow victory with a funny, touching story about a mother’s acceptance and the dress of a lifetime.
Season 1. The first Howl Grand Story SLAM started at the Rob Carr of Saranac Lake won a narrow victory with a story about finding the true you in the most unexpected places.