True stories, told locally

2022 Season Theme: All in a Day’s Work

Saturday, August 20 at 7:30pm at Waterhole in Saranac Lake, NY

  • Theme: All in a Day’s Work
  • Pay What You Can $10 (Cash, Check, or Venmo adkctr4writing)
  • Waterhole: 48 Main St, Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00pm at Bolton Landing Brewing Co

  • Theme: All in a Day’s Work
  • Pay What You Can $5-10 (Cash, Check, or Venmo adkctr4writing)
  • Bolton Landing Brewing: 4933 Lake Shore Dr, Bolton Landing, NY 12814

Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 PM at Raquette River Brewing (Tupper Lake)

  • Theme: All in a Day’s Work
  • Pay What You Can $5-10 (Cash, Check, or Venmo adkctr4writing)
  • Raquette River Brewing: 11 Balsam St #2, Tupper Lake, NY

GRAND SLAM: January 7th at 7:00 PM at Saranac Lake Town Hall

  • Theme: All in a Day’s Work
  • Pay What You Can $5-10 (Cash, Check, or Venmo adkctr4writing)
  • Saranac Lake Village Hall: 36 Main Street, Saranac Lake NY

What is a story slam? It’s a live, spirited storytelling competition. Storytellers (anyone can sign up!) take the stage to tell a true story in under 5 minutes. Judges score the stories, and at the end of the night, a winner is announced. All winners are invited to our annual Grand Slam at the end of the season. 

How does HOWL 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 to tell their best story in five minutes. All stories have to be true and come from personal experience. No notes. Do you need to be a professional storyteller? No way! Just tell it from the heart! We choose a few judges from the audience who score every story to select winners of the night. 

The Howl Story Slam team is a partnership between Adirondack Center for Writing and North Country Public Radio, two organizations that believe in the power of stories. Check out their websites to see their current offerings.

PAST 2022 EVENTS:

Thursday, June 23 at 7:00pm at Township 7 Brewing, Dickinson Center, NY

  • Theme: All in a Day’s Work
  • Pay What You Can $5-10 (Cash, Check, or Venmo adkctr4writing)
  • Township 7 Brewing: 303 NY-11B, Dickinson Center, NY 12930

Wednesday, July 20 at 6:00pm at Ausable Brewing, Keeseville, NY

  • Theme: All in a Day’s Work
  • Pay What You Can $5-10 (Cash, Check, or Venmo adkctr4writing)
  • Ausable Brewing Co.: 765 Mace Chasm Rd, Keeseville, NY 12944

Tips for Storytellers

  • Practice, practice, practice, and prepare for the complexities of telling tales over screen like no big
  • 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.

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